The UN Research Forum encourages research and course development in the area of UN Studies. Faculty, graduate students and participate each semester in briefings at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Students participate in UNA-USA educational training programs and have also won awards in several National Model UN competitions over the years. A variety of specialized courses have been developed on key United Nations-related themes including Introduction to United Nations Studies, The Role of the Secretary-General, the United Nations and NGOs, the Political Economy of INGOs, the Dialogue among Civilization and Human Security. The Forum also provides regular updates of UN activities through its extensive UN News website.