Recaps: BUSUN, RUMUN, BruinMUN, SMUNC, UPMUNC, and more!

by KFC on November 15, 2010

This week, Best Delegate did something never done before in Model UN history — liveblog three conferences at the same time! We covered Brown University Simulation of the UN (BUSUN), Rutgers Model UN Conference (RUMUN), and UCLA’s BruinMUN. Check out the recaps for all the interviews and photos from these conferences and more!

Also, we just launched our free E-Book: How Model UN Can Help You Get into College.

Conference Recaps

Brown Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN)

BUSUN Chinese Cabinet

Brown hosted a great conference! BUSUN is known to have Ivy League-quality committees with the feel of a smaller conference. In fact, about half of the 30+ committees at the conference were crisis committees of less than 10 delegates each! Check out our liveblog from the conference:

Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies plus interviews with Port Charlotte and Edison high schools.

Day 2a – A look at some of the crisis committees plus interviews with Upper Arlington and Pelham Memorial high schools.

Day 2b – Interviews with the co-Secretaries-General Jerry Cedrone and Andrew Berg, interview with Stuyvesant High School, plus photos from the Oslo Peace Process, Iran Hostage Crisis, WTO, WHO, UNDP, and the US Senate.

Rutgers University Model United Nations conference (RUMUN)

RUMUN Security Council

Rutgers is extremely devoted to the educational experience of its attendees. Besides Model UN, RUMUN featured workshops during lunch and prepared the Directors with a for-credit course on managing the committee like a classroom. We covered the conference from our liveblog:

Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies plus interviews with Newark, Franklin, and Syosset high schools.

Day 2 – Interviews with Kew Forest School and the Dalton School.

Day 3 – Closing Ceremonies awards plus interview with Secretary-General Audi Syarief.

Congratulations to the Dalton School for winning Best Large Delegation and to West Windsor Plainsboro for winning Best Small Delegation! Congratulations also to East Brunwick High School for winning Outstanding Large Delegation and Elmont Memorial High School for winning outstanding small delegation.

University of California, Los Angeles’ BruinMUN

BruinMUN First Continental Congress

BruinMUN is known to be one of the largest and most competitive conferences on the West Coast. Californian powerhouse Mira Costa High School won Best Large Delegation and upstart Palos Verdes High School won Best Small Delegation. Here is a glimpse of the action in our liveblog:

Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies plus interviews with Secretary-General Jennifer Patton and more.

Day 2 – Closing Ceremonies plus interviews with Security Council delegates and Cerritos High School advisor Jason Watanabe

Stanford Model United Nations Conference (SMUNC)

Delegates hyped about SMUNC

Stanford looked like a fun conference with interesting crises. Gunn High School from California won Best Large Delegation. Thanks to Best Delegate reader Chloe for keeping us updated!

University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC)

The University of Chicago won Best Large Delegation and Yale captured Outstanding Large Delegation. The United States Military Academy at West Point took Best Small Delegation and Rutgers University received Outstanding Small Delegation.

Here are several photos from the conference for your enjoyment. Thanks to Best Delegate reader Courtney for the help!

University of Texas at Austin delegation representing at UPMUNC

Bolivarian Alliance contends with a post-Hugo Chavez crisis

We are looking for photos and recaps for the following conferences: SSUNS, PHUNC, WMHSMUN, SUSMUN, GSUMUN, and CENMUN as well as UPMUNC and DCCMUN from the college circuit. If you attended any of those conferences and would like photos to be posted up, email us at!

News and Strategies

GCIMUN Senior Secretariat announced! UNA-USA announced the Senior Secretariat for its 2011 Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference (GCIMUN) over the weekend. Sam Lichtenstein from the Johns Hopkins University will be serving as this year’s Secretary-General. Formerly known as UNA-USA MUN, the GCIMUN conference will be held May 12-14, 2011 in New York City and serves as the culmination of UNA-USA’s worldwide Global Classrooms program. Check out the article for the full Senior Secretariat.

10 Tips on How to Write Your College Application Essay. Best Delegate just launched its free E-Book: How Model UN Can Help You Get into College. Ryan mentions in the book and in a previous blog post about how he used Model UN to get into college and in this post shares tips on how to write about Model UN in the personal statement.

SNL Short on Model UN. Saturday Night Live did a short on Model UN for all of our entertainment.

Upcoming Conferences

Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN)


Held in Atlanta, the Southern Regional Model United Nations conference is the largest collegiate conference in the southeastern United States. This year’s conference theme will be “The Global Paradigm: Enhancing Peace through Security Initiatives.” The conference will contain a lineup of ten traditional UN committees. The Secretary-General is Elizabeth Kayed from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Virginia Model United Nations (VAMUN)


The University of Virginia will be hosting its 30th annual VAMUN Conference this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is one of the premier high school conferences in the South and will feature a lineup of 20 committees including: the flagship Jefferson Committee on Diplomacy for the most advanced delegates; joint crisis on the American Healthcare Reform 2009, Chinese Civil War 1945, and Harry Potter; and many other traditional UN committees and specialized agencies. VAMUN’s charity is The Little Bee’s Foundation. The Secretary-General is Andrew Koch.

Tustin High School Model United Nations (THSMUN)


Tustin High School will be hosting its 18th annual MUN conference at Tustin, California. This conference has traditionally been one of the best attended and well-run high school-hosted conferences in the circuit. Like in previous years, it is a combo 2-day advanced conference and 1-day novice conference. THSMUN will feature 27 advanced committees and 13 novice committees. 30 high schools have registered for the conference this year. The co-Secretaries-General of this year’s conference are Caitlin Fromknecht and Benji Wigley.

Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN)

The AMUN Conference is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Model United Nations club at the University of Central Arkansas.  This year’s conference will include nine traditional UN committees and will be attended by high schools from Arkansas and Tennessee. The Secretary-General is Tyler Bittle from the University of Central Arkansas and staff members come from universities throughout Arkansas.

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