Arkansas and the World: Model United Nations Summer Camp

The 3rd Arkansas and the World: Model United Nations Summer Camp will take place on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas on July 14-19, 2019.  This program, which is funded through a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to the UCA Department of Political Science, is one of the few Model UN summer camps held in the United States.  Similar Model UN summer programs around the country have been sponsored by Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, and the University of California-Los Angeles.  For the Model UN summer camp at UCA, high school students from the state of Arkansas will be selected to participate in an experiential learning opportunity that enhances their understanding of international relations, diplomacy, and organizations in the 21st century. Students will participate in workshops on international relations, the United Nations, the fundamentals of Model United Nations, and other topics. Students will also represent assigned countries in an interactive simulation of the United Nations General Assembly.

2017 Model UN Summer Camp photos

2018 Model UN Summer Camp photos

 

Details:

When?  Sunday, July 14, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019.

Where?  University of Central Arkansas.  UCA is in Conway, Arkansas, which is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Little Rock on I-40.

Who may apply?  Students interested in international affairs who are entering 10th through 12th grades at any public or private high school, as well as home schooled students, in the state of Arkansas may apply to participate in the Model United Nations Summer Camp at UCA.  Gifted and Talented (G&T) students and students from low-income families are especially encouraged to apply for the summer camp.  Students who will be participating in the Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS) in 2019 are not allowed to participate in the Model United Nations Summer Camp at UCA in 2019.  Parents or guardians of student participants under the age of 18 will be required to submit a signed Parental/Guardian Consent Form, as well as other forms, prior to the start of the Model United Nations Summer Camp (see “Important Links” below).

What is the cost of participating in the Model United Nations Summer Camp at UCA?  The summer camp is funded by a grant to the UCA Department of Political Science from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), so there will be no registration costs for students who are selected to participate in the Model UN summer camp.

How to apply?  Interested students are encouraged to submit an online application form between February 1st and May 15th.  Application materials (letter of nomination and essay) will be accepted until May 31, 2019.  In addition to the online application, students are required to request a letter of nomination from the guidance counselor, G&T coordinator, or Model UN faculty advisor/sponsor at the applicant’s high school.  Students are also required to submit an essay of a maximum of 500 words explaining their interest in international affairs and how the program might increase their awareness of the world.  The online application form is provided at the important links below.

When will successful applicants be notified? Students who apply to participate in the summer camp will be notified of the status of their applications before June 1st.  Students whose applications are not initially approved will be placed on a waiting list.  Students on the waiting list will be contacted after June 1st if their applications are later approved.

 

Important Links:

Instructions for Online Application Form (Please carefully read before submitting online application form)

Online Application Form (Students are encouraged to submit applications between February 1 and May 15, 2019).  Application will be accepted through May 31, 2019.

Tentative Daily Schedule (2019)

Program Guidelines & Policies (2019)

Parental Guardian Consent Form (2019)

University Liability Release Form (2019)

Medical History & Consent for Treatment Form (2019)

Photo Release Form (2019)

UCA Campus map

Online Staff Application Form

 

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Program Director
Department of Political Science
217 Irby Hall, 201 Donaghey Avenue
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
Phone Number:  (501) 450-3412
Email Address:  markm@uca.edu