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									                           APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE
                       2012 BGSU MODEL UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM

     Please return completed application to Dr. Candace Archer by Monday October 24, 2011
                      120 WILLIAMS HALL - 372-6860

Instructions: To apply, complete the questionnaire below and type answers to the short questions on page
2. After you turn in your application we will contact you to schedule a brief interview as part of our
selection process for the team.

Note: This program is open to BGSU undergraduates from any major. The 2012 Conference in New
York City is held during the first week of April. The program fee is $650 per student; this is paid when
you register for the required class, POLS 3700 Model UN, which meets in the Spring semester on
Mondays from 6-9pm. See page 3 for more information about the program.


     Student ID number:

          Local address:

       Phone (landline)

           Phone (cell)


     Academic major(s):


         Year at BGSU:
           GPA: overall
  GPA in major courses
   Previous Model U.N.

List any public speaking
experience (e.g. speech
           classes, theater,
       forensics, debate,

Describe your familiarity
           with any foreign
   countries (e.g. travel,
             study abroad,
 family/relatives there):

                                      Model UN Application (page 2)

Instructions: Type your answers below. We are not concerned with the position you take, but will use your
answers to evaluate your writing ability and to help us decide which UN committees would interest you.

1. List FIVE (5) current international issues which interest you.





2. Choose any one of the five issues you listed above, and in a paragraph or so, describe your personal
position on what should be done. (Please extend your answer beyond the area below if necessary.)

3. Imagine you meet another student who disagrees with what you wrote in #2 above. Explain the
reasoning behind that person’s view of what should be done on this issue. (Please extend your answer
beyond the area below if necessary.)

       Since 1983, BGSU has sent a delegation of undergraduate students to the National Model United
Nations conference (NMUN) in New York City. The NMUN is a large, week-long conference involving
roughly 5,000 students, more than half of whom are from countries outside the US. The conference
creates a role-playing simulation of the previous session of the United Nation's General Assembly, as well
as simulations of other specialized agencies of the U.N., such as UNICEF or WHO.
       Students are assigned a national identity prior to the conference, provided with some background
materials and a list of agenda items, and are expected to come to the conference fully briefed and ready to
take on the character of their country assignment. The result is an intensive series of meetings in which
students from Alabama may articulate the Jordanian position on the Palestinian issue, students from
California take the Chinese view on nuclear proliferation, and students from Ohio argue for the Indian
perspective on climate change.
       Every student who participates comes away with better communication and negotiation skills, a
broader understanding of the U.N. as an institution, and most important, the ability to empathize with the
perspective of a nation and culture very different from their own.

       Under the direction of Dr. Candace Archer, the BGSU Model U.N. program recruits student
delegates, organizes their training, and directs them as they participate in the New York conference.
Student selection begins in the fall with a formal application. Applicants are then interviewed by a panel of
faculty to determine their awareness of current events and ability to speak and think on their feet. We seek
students who are well-rounded and who express a strong commitment to the program. While there are no
minimum academic requirements, our delegations have normally been comprised of many of the best
students on campus.
       All delegates enroll in POLS 3700, Model UN (3 cr.) for the spring semester. The class meets
Mondays from 6-9pm to prepare students for the conference in New York. In addition, students spend an
average of five hours each week prior to going to New York doing research for their delegation. The size
of the student delegation varies from year to year depending on the quality of applicants and the availability
of financial support. This year we are anticipating a delegation of 15-16 students.

       In addition to tuition, student delegates are charged a $650 lab fee. This covers about two-thirds of
the total cost of the program. The Political Science Department provides the bulk of the other funds.
These funds cover transportation to New York, lodging at the hotel in Manhattan where the conference
takes place, conference registration, and delegate fees. Meals and other personal expenses are not

   2011 Algeria     2010 France       2009 Poland         2008 Malaysia      2007 Ireland
  2006 Myanmar      2005 Austria   2004 Guinea-Bissau   2003 Burkina Faso   2002 Denmark     2001 Romania
    2000 Chile        1999 Italy      1998 Canada          1997 Japan       1996 Germany     1995 Pakistan
    1994 Peru        1993 Libya     1992 Netherlands        1991 India       1990 Algeria    1989 Australia
 1988 Kampuchea     1987 Austria       1986 Japan       1985 New Zealand    1984 Belgium     1983 Bahrain
       We will not know our country assignment until after the team is selected. However, here is a list of
countries we have represented in the past:

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