TexMUN- Austin, Texas
January 13-15, 2017


The Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 35 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities the world over. The Osgood Center's annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held in 2003 in Washington, DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC each fall. In January of 2015, the first TexMUN was held in Abilene, Texas. With much excitedment, the Osgood Center is happy to announce that TexMUN will be held at The University of Texas at Austin for the second year on January 13-15, 2017. The 2017 TexMUN conference will be comprised of a General Assembly First Committee (GA1), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Security Council (SC).

Position Papers

Click here to view other delegates' position papers: 2017 Position Papers.

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than January 6, 2017.**

Please email all papers in a PDF file type to your Secretary General, Darby Bogdanich, at dcapps@osgoodcenter.org.

Information and Materials

Download the TexMUN: Conference Schedule 2017.
Available Countries and Committees: Country Matrix 2017.
Download our TexMUN Registration Form, and view payment options.
Registration and payment forms should be submitted to Dr. Shelton Williams at: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
See the Rules of Procedure. Business professional attire required.

Background Guides

General Assembly First Background Guide
Asia-Pacific Cooperation Topic Guide
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Background Guide
Security Council Background Guide

Opening Speaker


Eugene Gholz

Gholz is an Associate Professor who works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy. From 2010-2012, he served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, where he led initiatives to better understand the complex defense supply chain and to apply that understanding in the budget process. He also focused on policy regarding reimbursement of industry's Independent Research and Development (IR&D) expenditures. Before working in the Pentagon, he directed the LBJ School's master’s program in global policy studies from 2007–2010.

Dr. Gholz works on innovation, defense management, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the coauthor of two books: Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry, and U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy. His recent scholarship focuses on energy security. He previously taught at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He is also a research affiliate of MIT's Security Studies Program, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and associate editor of the journal Security Studies. His PhD is from MIT.

Closing Speaker


Dr. Linda V. Gerber

Director, Center for Global Business/CIBER


The Red McCombs School of Business

The University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Gerber joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 where for ten years she served as Director of Academic Programs for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). In that position she initiated the College’s study abroad programs and worked to create business language courses in foreign language departments across campus, and developed international business courses and curricula. Dr. Gerber’s primary expertise is in international business education, having consulted with many U.S. colleges and universities on their international business programs, served as an external reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education on international grant proposals, and been an invited speaker at national conferences on study abroad and international programs in higher education. Dr. Gerber earned both her B.B.A. and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She served on the marketing faculties at the University of Missouri and American University in Washington, D.C.' and 1985 – 1989 was the Director of the Graduate Business programs for Boston University’s Overseas Programs, based in Germany. As Director of the Center for Global Business she oversees a wide range of the Center’s Programs which are designed to foster education in international business for students, educators, and business people across the U.S. and beyond.

TexMUN Committee Chairs


Darby Bogdanich

Security Council Committee Chair, Secretary General

Darby is the founder of Social Kinetics, a digital marketing and website development company in Oklahoma City. She has a bachelors in political science and journalism, and is an Archer alumn. Presently, she is a graduate student at Oklahoma University persuing a masters degree in Professional Counseling. Darby began working with the Osgood Center in 2014 as a Program Associate and is now the Model United Nations Director.

Since 2011, Darby has competed in and served on collegiate Model UN conferences across the globe. She was an award winning delegate at NMUN in New York, SRMUN in Atlanta, LAMUN in the Galapagos, and NMUN in South Korea. In 2014 and 2015, Darby served as a chair and then the Secretary General of the Model Security Council in Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2016, she served as the chair of the TexMUN Model Security Council. Lastly, in 2016, Darby was the Secretary General of the 2016 TexMUN Conference in Austin, Texas.



Xuan Zhu

APEC Committee Chair

Xuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of law, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interests lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues. His background includes media, economics, and public service prior to his graduate study. Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became the Assistant Director in early 2015. He chaired the 2015 TexMUN Model APEC meeting in Austin, Texas.



Eric Vining

GA1 Committee Chair

Eric Vining is a Legislative Aide at the Texas House of Representatives in Austin, where he serves under State Representative Mike Schofield. Eric is a recent alumnus of Baylor University, where he graduated with majors in Political Science and Journalism. During his time at Baylor, Eric was a member of Baylor MUN, and competed at American Model United Nations in Chicago, Illinois, National Model United Nations in New York, New York, and at TexMUN in 2014, where he was awarded "Best Delegate" in the Historic Security Council simulation as the People's Republic of China. Eric has also staffed at two high school conferences, where he was chair of Contemporary Security Council, at Baylor Model United Nations in 2014 and 2016.


Rami Abi Habib


Rami grew up in Lebanon and attended the University of Texas at Austin. In college, he is pursuing a dual degree in International Relations and Economics and is trilingual. He recently returned from a study abroad program at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Presently, Rami is doing research for a doctorate economic fellow at Harvard University. He has participated in 21 Model United Nations conferences during the past eight years. He has chaired five times and was a TexMUN delegate last year. 

Hotel Information

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol

300 E 11th Street

Austin, TX 78701

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E 11th St

Austin, TX 78701

Days Inn Austin

3105 N Interstate 35

Austin, TX 78722

Austin's Inn at Pearl Street

809 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Austin, TX 78701

Double Tree by Hilton Austin- University Area

1617 Interstate Hwy 35 N

Austin, TX 78702

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol

1701 Lavaca Street

Austin, TX 78701

For more information, please contact us:

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