What is the Student Simulation Competition?

A daylong competition for graduate students at NASPAA schools to work together to solve a complex public policy problem by using a simulation. The simulation model will emulate the process of solving real world problems while offering a distinctive experience to students.

When is the Student Simulation Competition?

This year’s competition will be held on February 23, 2019.

Who is eligible?

Current master’s students at NASPAA member schools may apply to participate. If you are not a member school and are interested in sending students to the competition, please reach out to us at info@nbsims.org 

What is required of faculty?

Very little! Faculty members should promote the opportunity to students, but there is no coaching or student preparation work required. There is no role for faculty coaches.

What is the application process?

For the first time in competition history, schools can field their own teams of up to five students. If your school nominates fewer than five students, it can partner with another institution or NASPAA can fill out your team with self-registered students. At least three students are required to form a school team. However, we recommend teams to be comprised of five students to reap the full educational benefits of the simulation.

Students may self-register for the competition starting November 19, 2018. Self-registering students will be assigned to teams that have fewer than five students.

Dean nomination process will begin on October 15 and close on December 20, 2018. Self-registering students will apply to participate in the simulation beginning on November 19 until December 20, 2018. Students will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply and register will be December 20.

Who can nominate?

Deans, Program Directors, and those in equivalent positions.

When is the application deadline?

Deans will have until December 20, 2018 to nominate students to participate in the competition. Student self-registration will begin on November 19 and end on December 20. For further information on the application process, please visit the Competition page.

Is there a cost to participate?

NO! Participation is free, but students are expected to travel to a regional competition site. Host schools/cities have been selected to be within driving distance to as many students as possible. Students should approach their institution about helping to cover travel costs. If schools are unwilling or unable to cover costs, NASPAA may be able to provide partial reimbursement for students. Click here for more information on travel assistance.

What’s the 2019 simulation topic?

This year’s topic is forced migration. No prior knowledge or focus in this area is required to compete.

More questions? Please contact us

Are Undergraduate and Ph.D. students allowed to participate?

Currently, the competition is open to Master’s level students only. However, some schools may choose to host undergraduate exhibition teams. We will inform you if your preferred competition site is hosting undergraduate exhibition teams. Additionally, in the event that a site is not filled up with Master’s students, we will open the competition to Ph.D. students.