Four SPP Students Represent UMass Amherst in NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Four School of Public Policy students have been invited to represent UMass Amherst in the 2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.

Clockwise from top left: Danielle Corrado '18 (MPPA with a specialization in Food Science Policy), Palista Kharel '17 (MPPA/MBA), Derek Krevat '17 (MPPA/MRP), and Estefania Marti Malvado '18 (MPPA), were invited to participate in the annual competition that will take place on February 25, 2017 at 8 global sites around the world in a dynamic daylong competition.

According to the NASPAA-Batten website: “Public administration and policy students will analyze a Food Security problem (related to UN Sustainable Development Goal #2) and present their solutions to a panel of expert judges. The competition will feature a simulation model, which requires students to apply the skills they learned in the classroom and implement systems thinking.”

Students who participate have the opportunity to meet locally and connect globally with other Public Affairs students. The competition provides them with networking experience, opportunity for internships, and a unique learning experience using simulation technology to address policy issues.