One of the most popular articles on Best Delegate is about how to create a research binder, which is a great way to prepare for Model UN conferences. I’ve met Best Delegate fans at a few recent conferences who were very excited to show me their binders!
I stumbled upon my old research binders the other day while teaching my students about the importance of research and preparation. I realized that we’re almost halfway through the school year and many MUNers have put together research binders to prepare for recent conferences, but many more have to create research binders for upcoming conferences.
To reward the former and help the latter, I’ve decided to to hold a little contest…
Show Me Your Research Binders!
Send an email to email@example.com or leave a comment below that includes:
- Pictures of your best research binder (if you’re leaving a comment, click the “+ Image” button to upload pictures)
- A description of what’s in it (besides the 15 Things)
- A story about how your research binder has helped you
Whoever submits the “Best Binder” will receive a free Best Delegate Guide on How to Win Awards, and their name, school, and research binder will be featured on Best Delegate!
Submissions due by 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, December 14. The “Best Binder” will be announced on Thursday, December 15.
To kick off the contest, here’s what my binder looked like in high school:
My best research binder came from representing Syria in the Security Council at NHSMUN 2004 during my senior year of high school. It was over 3 inches thick with 500+ pages of research — and that was just for one topic, Peacekeeping Reform in Africa. Besides the 15 Things, my research binder had information on every active peacekeeping operation in Africa and entire reports on peacekeeping reform, particularly the Brahimi Report. My co-delegate, Shebli, and I saw NHSMUN as the biggest conference of the year and we knew we would be in committee with some very competitive delegates. All of these reasons motivated us to prepare very well, and we ended up winning Best Delegate.
Your turn! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below to show me your research binder!