All teams entered into Policy Solutions Challenge USA primarily must consist of students enrolled in degree programs at U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration that are members of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) (Click to verify NASPAA membership) or the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) (Click to verify APPAM membership). Any team with two or more members may include one member from a degree program outside of NASPAA or APPAM but on the same campus.
Teams may consist of one to five currently enrolled students. Any mix of undergraduate, Master's and doctoral students will be allowed. Teams may include full-time and part-time students provided all are enrolled in courses in the spring of 2017.
Each school will establish its own procedures for selecting the members of a sponsored team to enter the Challenge. A school may enter more than one sponsored team. Students at the school are allowed to enter as an independent (unsponsored) team if they so choose.
Team members may be added for the semifinal round of competition provided the total number of members is no more than five. No team members may be added or changed for the national finals.
Each team is expected to have a faculty adviser. The adviser is not required to travel with the team if the team qualifies for the national finals. The identity of the faculty adviser is not required to register a team but may be supplied at a later date.
Teams are expected to conduct original policy analysis as part of the competition and must provide complete references for all sources used in their analysis. Policy Solutions Challenge USA reserves the right to use services that check for plagiarism, and any plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification without refund of any entry fees.
Many more additional details about the Challenge are available under The Competition on the menu above.