Clemson University students successfully showcased their diplomatic skills recently by winning the top award at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference’s award of Outstanding Delegation went to the six-member Clemson team, which competed against more than 800 delegates from 70 universities, representing 20 countries.

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Model UN team members include, left to right, Xiaobo Hu, advisor; Meghan Gasser, Jake Neal, Sydnee Abel, Sarah Marshall and Joey Wilson.

Model UN is a simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Each year, nearly 40 Clemson students participate in Model United Nations conferences and those delegates have won various awards going back to 1989.

Team members at the Washington event included, Grace Chandler, communications studies, Potomac, MD; Meghan Gasser, political science, Columbia, S.C.; Joey Wilson, political science/bioengineering, Duncan, S.C.; Jake Neal, engineering and science, Summerville, S.C.; Sarah Marshall, history, Rock Hill, S.C.; and Sydnee Abel, modern languages, Fort Mill, S.C. Wilson received “Best Delegate” recognition in last year’s competition in Prague, Czech Republic. The team is led by faculty advisor Xiaobo Hu.

“Model UN is a great venue for our students to learn about the world as well as themselves, to develop their communication and leadership skills and solve real-world problems in a multi-cultural environment,” said Hu. “Having been recognized as Outstanding Delegation, the conference’s highest honor, is a testament to how our students represented Clemson and the U.S. at this internationally attended event.”

The Clemson team was assigned to represent Hungary on Model United Nations committees, including the General Assembly First Committee, General Assembly Second Committee, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Clemson’s Model UN program is administered through the Department of Political Science in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. Students can participate in the Model UN program by enrolling in a special Political Science one-credit course (POSC 311).

For more information on Clemson’s Model UN program, contact Xiaobo Hu at or Grace Chandler, student coordinator, at

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