Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, January 2, 2020

MPA student Jorgensen a Rhodes finalist

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Lauren Jorgensen, a second-year student at the La Follette School, reached the final stage of competition for a Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated college award for international study. Jorgensen and two other UW–Madison students were among the finalists for the coveted awards.

Jorgensen graduated from UW–Madison in May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in agronomy and community and environmental sociology, with certificates in environmental studies, food systems, and global health. Originally from Stillwater, Minn., she is in the La Follette School’s Accelerated Program.

Early in her undergraduate career, Jorgensen developed an interest in food access and food policy. Since 2017, she has interned with the Population Health Institute in UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. Jorgensen previously was a food policy intern for the city of Madison, where she produced a map of food insecurity within the city limits.

The recipient of a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Jorgensen has also worked and volunteered with food security-promoting organizations such as Slow Food, Campus Kitchens, Campus Food Shed, and the Greenhouse Learning Community. More information about Jorgensen and the other UW–Madison finalists is in the news story.

Collin Higgins (MPA ’16) is UW–Madison’s most recent Rhodes Scholar.

Hundreds of elite applicants from dozens of colleges and universities vie for the Rhodes Scholarships each year. Candidates are judged on a proven record of intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully utilize their talents.

Jorgensen is one of 336 finalists, including 32 students selected as Rhodes Scholars.

“To be a finalist is truly remarkable, and we congratulate Claire (Evensen), Lauren and Kevin (Crosby) on this impressive accomplishment and on all they’ve achieved,” said UW–Madison Provost John Karl Scholz. “These three students have been leaders on our campus, in the community, and beyond. I want to thank them for reflecting so well on this institution and on the many opportunities we offer to learn in and outside the classroom — what we call the Wisconsin Experience.”