The 2013 MMUN team in New York with H.E. Mr. Garen Nazarian, Armenia's Permanent Representative to the UN.
The Montana Model UN (MMUN) Travelling Team travels to national and international conferences to compete with other collegiate Model UN teams. In recent years, the Team has attended conferences at Harvard University and in Chicago, Berkeley, New York, and Lille, France.
Team members are chosen from the fall-semester Political Science course that plans and staffs the Montana Model UN High School Conference.
In Spring 2013, a 12-person team attended a week-long collegiate National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York, NY. Eleven students represented the Republic of Armenia, and one student, William “Min” Sheehy, represented China on the Security Council.
Team members spent five days representing their countries on UN committees such as the General Assembly and Security Council. In addition, they met students from all over the world, were briefed by Armenia's Permanent Representative to the UN, attended talks by international scholars and policy makers, and visited UN headquarters.
In 2013 the Montana Model UN Team included two international exchange students: Vuthika Hang from Cambodia and Ana Oliveria Monteiro from Brazil.
Two members of the Team won Outstanding Position Paper awards: senior Allison Connell, IAEA, and junior Christina Bloemen, UNCTAD.
In 2012, in recognition of the Team's accomplishments and of the regional diversity the UM Team brings to National Model UN conferences, the Montana Model UN Team received a $1,000 scholarship from National Model UN.
Because MMUN Team members serve as chairs and other staff members at UM's Montana Model UN High School Conference, they are often selected to serve as NMUN committee and conference staff. In 2013, former MMUN Secretaries-General Robert Cahill (B.S., Business Administration, 2012) and Stephen Carnes (B.A. Political Science, 2012) served as assistant directors of UNDP and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, respectively. In 2012, Thecla Backhouse-Prentiss (B.A. Political Science, 2011) was the Assistant Director of the NMUN-NY Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. Since 2010, Jennifer Hathaway Spalding (M.A. Political Science, 2006) has served on the NMUN Advisory Committee.
The Montana Model UN Team looks forward to attending future National Model UN conferences in New York. The conference is the largest collegiate UN conference in the world, drawing over 3,000 students from 250 schools and five continents. The Team also hopes to participate in international conferences and to partner with international delegations.
For student reflections on the trip, see the press release.
For information on National Model UN conferences, go to http://nmun.org/