The 2010 Montana Model UN team with the Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, Bui The Gian, at Viet Nam's mission headquarters
The Montana Model UN (MMUN) Travelling Team travels to national conferences to compete with other collegiate Model UN teams. In recent years, the team has attended conferences at Harvard University and in Chicago, Berkeley, and New York.
Team members are chosen from the fall semester course that plans and staffs the Montana Model UN High School Conference.
In Spring 2010, a twelve-member team attended the week-long collegiate National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York, NY. The Team represented Viet Nam and Burkina Faso and won two awards: Distinguished Delegation (top 25% of the 190 countries represented at the conference) and Top Delegate (Stephen Carnes, Burkina Faso, Security Council).
The students met Viet Nam's ambassador to the UN, attended talks by leading international scholars and policy makers, and attended opening and closing ceremonies at UN headquarters.
This was the fifth time the MMUN Team has attended this large international conference and the third time it has won awards. In Spring 2009, the Team represented Iceland and received Distinguished Delegation and Position Paper (top 10%) awards. In Spring 2008, the Team was named an Honorable Delegation (top 50%) for its representation of Thailand.
Because MMUN Team members serve as chairs and other staff members at the MMUN High School Conference each fall, they are often selected to serve as committee staff at NMUN. In 2010, Aimee Ryan was selected as the Chair of the General Assembly, Thecla Backhouse-Prentiss chaired a Security Council working group, and Nicole Allen was a rapporteur for the General Assembly First Committee.
Several MMUN alumni remain involved with the NMUN conference. In 2010, Jennifer Hathaway Spauding, who earned her master's degree in political science from UM in 2006, served on the NMUN advisory committee.
The National Model United Nations conference is the largest collegiate UN conference in the world, drawing over 3,000 students from 250 schools and five continents.
For information on NMUN, please visit http://nmun.org/.