Troy University student to be guest of Arab League

Posted: Wednesday, 28 November 2012

TROY — A Troy University student will spend a part of her Christmas break as the guest of the Saudi Arabian government for her achievements as a member of the University’s Model UN Team. Lauren Coughlin, a junior political science major from Annapolis, Md., was nominated as an outstanding student representative to the National Council on US-Arab Relations for her work at the Model Arab League conference in Houston, Texas, where she won an honorable mention award becoming the first TROY student to be recognized with an individual award at the event. The ten-day long cultural immersion visit provided by the Saudi Arabia Winter Fellowship award will provide her access to Saudi government officials and cultural representatives, said Dr. G. Doug Davis, an assistant professor of political science who serves as the Model UN Team advisor. “This is a great international award where the National Council on US-Arab Relations recognized one our talented students,” he said. “We are pleased and honored that she won this award, and this will be an extremely valuable experience for her.” The two awards aren’t her only Model UN recognition, however. In November, she was designated the Outstanding Delegate for her work on the Peacebuilding Commission at Southern Regional Model UN Conference in Atlanta, Ga., where she competed with representatives from 48 universities. The award means that she was judged to be the most prepared, best organized, and the most influential representative. While other committees granted similar awards, Davis said that Coughlin was the only single-delegate representative at the conference to win the honor.