Awards Policy

CAHSMUN is first and foremost designed as an educational experience for high school students. We firmly envision the Conference to provide a platform for delegates to realize their potential in public speaking and policy debate, learn about international relations, and experience the challenges of high-stakes diplomacy first-hand. Above all, we hope that delegates leave CAHSMUN as better informed global citizens who are better able to engage others in conversations about important world issues than when they first arrived. However, we also value the recognition of students and delegations that have contributed to the conference in exemplary ways.

There are four types of individual awards that delegates may be eligible for: Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Honourable Mention, and Best Position Paper. Each committee dais, led by the Director, will distribute the individual awards to delegates based on their committee performance. Exemplary delegates are distinguished by:

•      Quality of research, as reflected in their position papers and debate;

•      Quality of amendments, resolutions, and proposed solutions;

•      Ability to accurately represent their nation’s interests and policies;

•      Diplomacy skills in building consensus and compromising with others;

•      Effectiveness in working in caucus and resolution groups;

•      Persuasive skill in communicating with other delegates; and,

•      Responding effectively to crisis, Summit, or external situations/sessions (if applicable)

Such delegates push their committees forward and demonstrate the values of compromise and coexistence upon which modern diplomacy is based, balancing their individual interests against the goals of the collective body.

Please note that to be eligible for an award, delegates must submit a position paper to their Director(s) by the position paper deadline. Please further note that any delegate found guilty of pre-writing, plagiarism, or any violation of the Code of Conduct will be immediately disqualified from award consideration in his/her committee.

Delegation Awards

CAHSMUN will also offer a number of delegation awards, recognizing outstanding overall performance by a Club, School, or Delegation. The Secretariat will calculate and recognize the following four awards: Best Small Delegation, Outstanding Small Delegation, Best Large Delegation, Outstanding Large Delegation.

Points will be assigned to each delegate award based on the level of distinction and committee difficulty level. These points will be added to a total and weighted based on the number of delegates.

A small delegation is a delegation with less than the median delegation size. A large delegation is a delegation with higher than the median delegation size. Historically, the median delegation size has been 15-20 delegates.

Scoring Rubric

CAHSMUN 2019 distinguishes itself by incorporating both quantitative and holistic characteristics in its awards policy. Committee staff, led by the Director(s), use the rubric provided to them as a helpful guide in the award assignment process. We strive to promote accountability while still providing chairs adequate flexibility to make the most appropriate award determinations.