First-year student Laura Bunn received a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Portuguese during the 2018–19 academic year at UW–Madison. Bunn, who is in the La Follette School's Accelerated Program, expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in international studies, journalism, and Spanish in May.
In 2016, Bunn received a UW Global Gateway scholarship and studied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a month, and during the 2016–17 academic year, she studied in Madrid, Spain. Her experience in Brazil inspired her to independently learn Portuguese.
This past summer, Bunn was a reporting intern with Catalytic Communities, a non-governmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro. She conducted interviews in Portuguese, transcribed the interviews into English, and wrote in-depth profile stories about community-based sustainability for RioOnWatch.org.