Students Excel at Diplomacy in U.N. Simulation
May 11, 2011
Sachin Shah received a distinguished delegate award.
UT Dallas students earned several top honors at the recent National Model United Nations conference in New York City.
In the diplomacy competition, students simulated the role of delegates from actual nations or agencies. The April conference included about 5,000 students from universities around the nation.
Sachin Shah, who is majoring in biochemistry, received a distinguished delegate award for representing The Republic of the Congo.
Three other UT Dallas students were elected chairmen of committees: Prashant Raghavendran, neuroscience; Sarah-Sofia Joseph, political science; and Sara Muehlenbein, international political economy. Dionna Budd, political science, was chosen to serve as a counsel for the International Court of Justice.
Dr. Marie Isabelle Chevrier leads the Model U.N. program.
These students, along with fellow UT Dallas delegation members Antoniafred Okafor and Braedan Mayer, won Outstanding Delegation – the highest award given for the work of an entire team. Both are international political economy majors.
In addition to being Model U.N. competitors, Shah, Raghavendran, Mayer and Budd are McDermott Scholars.
Dr. Marie Isabelle Chevrier, director of the master’s program in public policy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is faculty sponsor of the Model U.N. team.
“I’m very proud of our students and how well they represented UT Dallas,” she said. “They demonstrated their leadership, commitment, enthusiasm and competence for Model UN through their performance.”