News: Accelerated Program
Helping officials in Brown County determine if removal of harmful blue green algae in Green Bay would have net costs or benefits really felt like an apt application of the Wisconsin Idea. Helping to determine if the water quality could be improved would have a direct impact on many Wisconsinites.
I was especially drawn to the Accelerated MPA program because it has allowed me to begin working on my master’s degree while finishing up my bachelor’s degree. The small class size has allowed me to meet some amazing people who have helped make virtual learning easier.
I was initially drawn to the La Follette School by the Accelerated MPA Program, which allows me to complete my MPA degree requirements with only one additional year of graduate studies. After being accepted to the Accelerated Program, I met with the incredibly kind and accommodating faculty at the La Follette School and was blown away by the tightly knit academic community they have cultivated.
I feel more confident that I have the skills and abilities to succeed post-graduation and to work toward a career in public policy that I enjoy and am able to contribute meaningfully to.
To me, the idea of studying policy is more than theoretical knowledge. It’s learning how to make good decisions that help people. Everything I’ve learned, from policy options for increasing access to school lunches to the importance of environmental justice, is something that I’ll take out of class and apply to real-world situations.
The accelerated program was a perfect fit for me because I was initially excited to enter the job market with my undergraduate degree but unsure of what to do. The La Follette MPA program has offered so many new possibilities and has helped me narrow my path for a future career.
Nineteen UW–Madison students made history May 9 as the first to complete the La Follette School’s Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program. Two of them will continue their studies in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program this fall.
Two La Follette School students, Laura Downer and Jacob Pankratz, won election to Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the official student government of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in March. Downer, ASM’s current Student Council chair, and Pankratz will serve as graduate student representatives for the 2020-21 academic year.
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.
After completing my terminal degree, I want to work for a salient agricultural-research organization that has tangible influence on food policy – such as the US Department of Agriculture, Food & Drug Administration, or International Food Policy Research Institute.