Awards & Recognition

NIU Model UN Club Attends Conferences

NIU’s Model United Nations Club, sponsored by the Political Science Department, recently attended both the annual American Model United Nations conference in Chicago in November and the 50th annual Midwest Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in February.

The students involved in both trips participated with enthusiasm and dedication and did an excellent job representing the club and NIU.  As a result of the students’ high level of preparation and excellent performance at the intense four day conferences, NIU’s delegations were recognized with one award at the Chicago conference and five awards at the St. Louis conference. In Chicago, Shehzad Merchant won the prestigious Outstanding Delegate Award for his participation on the World Food Committee. In St. Louis, Shehzad Merchant and Jorge Barrosa, The Netherlands’ representative to the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural issues, and Veronica Martin, The Netherlands’ representative to the Commission on the Status of Women, were awarded honorable mentions for their excellent work and active participation. Eric Boetje, the representative to the Historical Security Council for The Netherlands, won a delegate’s choice award from the other delegates on his committee. The general assembly committee, which consisted of Shehzad Merchant, Jorge Barroso, Robert Kollas, Jake Enders, Fanus Woldegebriel, Richard Walsh and Cory Kazonovitz, also won an honorable mention award for their exceptional participation during joint plenary sessions. Finally, Phillip Librojo, won the most coveted award at the conference, the Outstanding Delegate award for his work in the World Food Program. Congratulations to NIU’s Model UN Club for an outstanding year thus far.

Additionally, on April 10th, the Model UN club will be hosting a mini-conference here on campus where the topic of natural disaster relief and preparedness will be discussed and debated upon. Any students that are interested in participating at the conference should contact Dr. Radasanu ( as soon as possible. The NIU Model UN club meets every Wednesday at 5:00 pm in DuSable 252.