Public Administration Students Compete in NASPAA-Batten Simulation


Mellynn Baker (second from left) with her teammates

April 3, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Two master of public administration students from LSU competed in Washington, D.C and Austin, Texas in the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. Mellynn Baker and John Lewis, whose team placed fourth, both participated in a daylong event that allows graduate students in public policy and related fields to test their skills on real-world data.

Developed by experts at the University of Virginia’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming, this year’s simulation, Host Nations, was built using real-world data and challenged students to work together to manage a migrant influx in a fast-paced environment. Participants entered policy decisions in the simulation software to see how their policies affect their citizens, their economy and the migrants themselves.

“Although I was not a part of the "winning" team, it was a great experience. The topic of immigration and the simulation itself made for a great day of learning how to approach policy issues and respond to challenges quickly and efficiently,” said Mellynn Baker. “I was on a team with students from Auburn, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I appreciated the opportunity to work with peers from different universities. We worked well together and continued to improve throughout the simulation.”

This year, nearly 600 students from 147 universities in 27 countries took part in the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. 


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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business