The Institute for Politics and Strategy regularly facilitates students' participation in undergraduate and graduate student conferences. Conference opportunities are publicized throughout the school year, and students should express their interest in conferences early as spaces are quickly filled.
Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
Forrest Cullings, a senior in CMU's Navy ROTC program, attended the annual 2019 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) in Annapolis, Virginia. NAFAC is a week-long gathering of undergraduates from around the United States and the world who come together to discuss a theme of current global affairs. This year's theme was, "Coming Apart: The Fate of the Rules-based Order." The conference featured panel discussions with leading foreign policy experts, several roundtable discussions among delegates, and a keynote speech by former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead.
"My experience at NAFAC invigorated my passion for studying American foreign policy, a subject influenced by military leaders. I enjoyed interacting with future Navy officers like myself who have similar passions and are concerned with America's future."
Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) Summit
Alexander Hamilton Society Student Leadership Conference
Defending Digital Democracy Project’s (D3P) Information Operations Technical and Policy Hackathon
Carnegie Mellon University students Kellen Carleton and Arya Hezarkhani placed third in the policy category and concept category of the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) Hackathon hosted by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Following submission reviews, Carleton and Hezarkhani were selected to attend the conference as finalists in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 29, 2018. They won $1000 in prizes for each category they placed in.