Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Student Profiles

There is no policy school in the Midwest that offers more rigorous quantitative classes than the La Follette School. 

December 27, 2016

Vin Gathing, MIPA, JD

I’ve always been interested in international affairs, development, politics, and governance. La Follette’s MIPA is great with all of them.

December 10, 2016

Ruanda McFerren, MPA, MS

I chose to pursue an MPA and an MS in urban planning to gain a deeper understanding of the policies that shaped the social environments I encountered in my work.

December 2, 2016

Garrett Martin, MIPA

My internship at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) gave me the opportunity to work for a quasi-federal agency and gain valuable experience evaluating bank regulations, risk-management strategies, and consumer protection practices.

November 23, 2016

Elizabeth Doyle, MPA

The networking opportunities and feedback regarding professional development provided by the school have been particularly helpful in defining my career goals and supporting my career search.

November 14, 2016

Anna Brunner, MPA

The interviewers at the Government Accountability Office were extremely impressed by the coursework that is offered at the La Follette School. Specifically, Professor Moynihan’s public management course, as well as Professor Wallace’s statistical analysis course.

November 7, 2016

Andrew Merluzzi, MPA

La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.

November 1, 2016

Matt Smalley, MIPA

I chose the La Follette School for the emphasis on policy-making skills (quantitative analysis courses and in-depth policy-analysis), the quality of instruction in economics/political science, and the flexibility to tailor a program that best suits me with electives in the MIPA program.

October 25, 2016

Karina Virrueta, MPA

Something that drew me to the La Follette School was The Wisconsin Idea, and I feel (the Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect) truly exemplify that mission.

October 11, 2016

Kirsten Jacobson, MIPA

My interest in policy stems from the idea that if you would like to see positive change, you need to take informed action.

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