Department of Political Science

Model UN team wins two awards at regional competition

Published on Nov 27, 2018

Photo of AU Model UN team in Atlanta

The Auburn University Model United Nations team (pictured above) recently won two Best Delegation Awards at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) competition in Atlanta. The competition involved more than 30 hours of simulating various committees of the United Nations and debating topics ranging from the economic impacts of migration, to the status of refugees, to the promotion of vaccinations through the World Health Organization (WHO) as a delegation from the Kingdom of Denmark. 

Matthew Clary, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the AU Model UN team advisor, said, “I’m really proud of the team’s efforts and success because it’s reflective of a ton of hard work in preparation for the competition, students working together as a team to showcase Auburn’s skills in a major academic competition attended by most universities and colleges across the Southeast, and because more than two-thirds of the team were new members who had never attended a Model UN competition before and contributed greatly to the team’s overall success.”

For the competition, there were 12 students on the delegation/team and they represented the nation of Denmark in a simulation of six different committees of the United Nations, including the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Interpol, the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Health Organization (WHO). 

“Success at the Southern Regional Model UN competition will help to jump start the team in future competitions and to establish a positive reputation for both the team and for Auburn as a whole,” Clary said. 

Students can find information about the team and join the listserv by visiting the AU Involve/Student Organization page:

The team meets every Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. in the RBD Library in Room 3041. Email Matt Clary for additional information: