The second stage of the National Political Science Bee is the annual National Championships. The inaugural National Political Science Bee National Championships will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The National Political Science Bee National Championships are one of a number of events over the period April 23-26 which constitute the International Academic Competitions Varsity and Junior Varsity US National Championships. Further logistical details on IAC Varsity & JV Nationals weekend are available here. Registration will open for the National Championships by November 2019.

The National Championships of the National Political Science Bee consist of two components. The first is the actual competition, which consists of three preliminary and two final rounds of buzzer-based quiz competition. Each round will have 35 questions.
Please see the following files for details on the scoring systems and rules.
National Political Science Bee Preliminary Rounds Scoring System and Rules Summary
National Political Science Bee Playoffs Scoring System and Rules Summary
The number of students who make the playoffs and who advance from the semifinals into the finals will be a function of the total number of registrants and will be posted here in advance of April 23.

The second component of the National Championships of the National Political Science Bee will be dinner seminars with influential politicians, policymakers, members of the military and diplomatic communities, and others influential in the political life of Washington, DC and the surrounding area. Once moderators are confirmed and topics have been agreed upon, we will provide students with a list of topics and ask them to select their top choices. The dinner seminars provide a great way for students to get to know how American political, military, diplomatic, and public service community members influence public and international affairs. It is hoped that through the seminars students will also get to meet other likeminded students from around the country and gain further knowledge into a potential career in one of these fields.

Hotel
Rooms are $150 plus tax for any night from April 22 to April 26. To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please click on this link to make your reservation online.
Please do NOT call any number to make reservations, as you will then not be counted as part of our group, and receive the group rate. For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230. Please be sure to book early to reserve your rooms!

Costs
The cost of the 2020 National Political Science Bee National Championships is $95. This includes the cost of both the competition and the dinner seminar (including dinner).

Prizes
$2000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the 2020 National Political Science Bee National Championships. This will be distributed as follows:

$500 – Champion – Varsity Division
$300 – Second Place – Varsity Division
$200 – Third Place – Varsity Division
$500 – Champion – Junior Varsity Division
$300 – Second Place – Junior Varsity Division
$200 – Third Place – Junior Varsity Division

Schedule
A schedule for the National Political Science Bee National Championships is as follows:

NOTE: After Round 1, National Political Science Bee round start times are approximate! We will start the next round as soon as all games in a particular flight of matches are done.

Time Event Location
4:30pm-10:00pm Help Desk & Souvenir Stand Open Desk outside Grand Ballroom
5:15pm-5:50pm National Political Science Bee Preliminary Round 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
5:50pm-6:25pm National Political Science Bee Preliminary Round 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
6:25pm-6:55pm National Political Science Bee Preliminary Round 3 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
7:00pm-8:30pm Dinner Seminars With Guest Presenters Ballrooms & Breakout rooms
8:30pm-9:15pm Presidential Classroom Alumni Reception Pentagon Room
8:45pm-9:20pm National Political Science Bee Semifinal Round Ballrooms & Breakout rooms
9:20pm-9:50pm National Political Science Bee Final Round Ballrooms & Breakout rooms
9:50pm-10:00pm National Political Science Bee Awards Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4