School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Model United Nations Program

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What We Are

The Wright State University Model United Nations program is internationally renowned, with over 40 years of consecutive awards at National Model UN. 

More than a club, and more than a class, it is a team built on hard work, camaraderie, and a shared commitment to excellence.  The Model United Nations program at Wright State is built around a three-credit-hour spring semester course in Political Science. PLS 4860/6860 emphasizes skills of teamwork, problem-solving, diplomacy, public speaking, technical writing, and researching.

Team members are chosen each Fall Semester based on a written application and an oral interview. Model UN is open to students in good academic standing from all majors and colleges. No previous experience is required. Your success as a team member is based on the improvement of your writing skills, speaking abilities, attendance, and ability to portray another country's policy in a simulation.

Model U.N.: A tradition of excellence

What We Do

WSU Model UN Team 2018The seminar is used to prepare students for the Dayton Model UN Conference (DAYMUNC) held at Sinclair Community College in February, and the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) held in New York City. 

Universities from around the world are each assigned a country to represent at the conference dealing with various topics and issues. During the class, students develop research techniques and master the skills of public speaking, negotiation, and technical writing that are essential to diplomacy. 

Each year the NMUN conference has grown in size and international participation. More than 5,200 students from more than 400 colleges and universities from nearly 30 countries around the world have taken part in recent NMUN conferences.

The Model U.N. experience is a unique academic experience at Wright State. Model UN promotes self-confidence, public speaking, writing, researching, and diplomatic skills, all of which are vital qualities for any future career.

To learn more read Model UN: 'A tradition of excellence' in the Wright State Newsroom. 

Meet the Team

Faculty Advisors

Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D.

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, Int'l and Comparative Politics
Allyn Hall 359, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Liam Anderson, Ph.D.

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, Political Science
Allyn Hall 355, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Head Delegates

Join the Team

The application period runs from now through Friday, October 6, 2023.  Apply at:  Qualtrics Link

Candidates may be asked to conduct a brief interview at the MUN Office (261 Allyn Hall), and applicants will be informed of their status so they can register for spring classes under PLS 4860 (undergraduates) or PLS 6860 (graduate students).

Contact Information

Model United Nations
c/o Wright State University
School of Social Sciences and International Studies
378 Allyn Hall
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D. and Liam Anderson, Ph.D., Faculty Advisors

Model U.N. on Social Media

Alumni Association

Welcome to Alumni Notes. All alumni of Wright State University Model United Nations Program can view or submit alumni notes at any time. You may submit your own class note by e-mailing your name, MUN class year, and any relevant information about your life and career, including marriages, births announcements, and accomplishments, along with associated pictures. For more information, please see our official Model UN Alumni Facebook page.

"The Wright State Model UN experience was the best experiences of my time at WSU. The critical-thinking, research and public speaking skills I acquired have helped me succeed in my career. I continue to serve as a member and board member of the Model UN Alumni Association because the experience continues to pay dividends for my professional development. I'd also encourage other former members to get involved with the work of the Association."  

William "Bill" P. Murphy, EDFP
Assistant City Manager, City of Piqua
Executive Director, Grow Piqua Now

Give to Model U.N.

Due to the rising costs of participating in the five-day conference in New York City, the program has recently had to reduce the number of students who can participate. Your gift to the MUN Program Fund will help increase the endowment and will enable more students to participate each year. Please consider impacting MUN students' lives and make your gift to the Wright State Model United Nations Program today.


"There is no other place to work in the world like the daily environment that exists working in Washington, D.C. The research, negotiation, and presentation skills we learned as members of the Wright State University Model United Nations team prepared us both to build successful careers in Washington in the corporate, political, and government jobs we've held over the years. So that this tradition of excellence in developing our next leaders may continue, please consider a gift to the Wright State University Model United Nations Program Fund."

Eric M. Leckey and Christopher A. Royse
Co-Chairs, Wright State Model United Nations Program Fund

“Over the years, Wright State’s MUN program has built a winning tradition. The challenges and rewards of teamwork, learning to compromise and negotiate, and awareness of the numerous issues of the 21st century are among the many important skills MUN students carry into their future careers."

Donna Schlagheck

Annual Giving Societies

  • $1,500 Model United Nations Delegate
  • $5,000 Model United Nations Ambassador
  • $10,000 Model United Nations Honorable Delegate
  • $25,000* Model United Nations Distinguished Delegate
  • $100,000* Model United Nations Outstanding Delegate

*If you are interested in making a gift of $25,000 or more, please contact Colleen Lampton-Brill, University Advancement at 937-775-4921.

Photo Gallery


May 20, 2015
Ohio House Speaker and Wright State grad Cliff Rosenberger read a commendation of professor Donna Schlagheck in the House chamber May 20.
Apr 14, 2015
Wright State’s Model UN Team received the Distinguished Delegation award and six Outstanding Position Paper awards at the national conference in New York City.
Mar 30, 2015
Kevin Smith, who bounced around the foster care system for nearly 10 years before being adopted, is poised to graduate and hopes to combine psychology with political science.
May 9, 2014
Wright State student and Model UN team leader Angie Loyd is passionate about human rights and international affairs.
Apr 14, 2014
Wright State's Model UN team wins top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference for the 35th consecutive year.
Jan 15, 2014
Visits to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and the Changdeokgung Palace as well as winning multiple international honors highlighted a trip to South Korea by Wright State’s Model UN team.
Dec 17, 2013
On Stefan Pugh’s office door is a plaque that reads “Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research,” a declaration not only of this professor’s remarkable accomplishments...
Sep 6, 2013
Eric and Molly Leckey are two of nearly 6,000 Wright State alumni who are married to another Wright State graduate. For the Leckeys, their romance blossomed out of a friendship that was formed on Wright State’s Model United Nations team. …
Apr 9, 2013
Wright State University’s Model UN team was named Outstanding Delegation for 34th consecutive year at the National Model United Nations Conference.
Jan 7, 2013
Two Wright State University students will soon represent one of the largest constituencies in Ohio: more than 300,000 college students.




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