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Our department works hard conducting research, teaching classes, and remaining engaged with local and global trends on topics that impact us and shape the future. The Department of Political Science is proud to recognize the achievements of our faculty, graduate students, and staff in service of our mission.

Stony Brook University Wins Award at Model EU


The Model EU team Peter Joyce, Sowad Ocean Karim, Charles (CJ) Burgardt, and Tessa Kearke participated in the SUNY Model European Union conference held at the SUNY Global Center in NYC. At the conference CJ  Burgardt was honored with the Most Effective Head of Government award.

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 “As a double major in Political Science (with a concentration in international and comparative politics) and History, participating in something like the Model EU always seemed natural. In addition to being associated with SBU's Model UN club, I was part of my high school's Model UN club and attended several conferences with them, giving me a taste of what it might be like to be a diplomat. Now that I'm at SBU, SUNYMEU offers me the opportunity to learn more about European politics and participate in simulated diplomacy, which I enjoy” said Burgardt. 

The Most Effective Head of Government award is voted by committee members of the SUNYMEU European Council . It is essentially up to delegates to determine which delegate is most suitable for the award, though it is suggested that delegates vote for the person who is most effective at moving the debate forward, acting in a diplomatic manner, and/or cooperating effectively with their peers.

“I was involved in Model UN starting my third year of High School. I became involved in Model EU after my friend from a different university told me about it last year. I shared it with CJ and we made plans to attend. We returned this year with more students from our school” said Peter Joyce.

The team (known as a "delegation" according to SUNYMEU organizers) was presented with various discussion topics. They were all on different committees. Each committee debated specific agenda items related to European politics and policy. 



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