Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Student Profiles

Monday, April 19, 2021

Jackson Parr, MPA ’20

The breadth of coursework I completed at the La Follette School provided me the opportunity to approach challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. Flood events trigger many different social and institutional dynamics that all must be considered when identifying solutions.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Jenna Greene, MPA

I began the year working with Professor Greg Nemt to prepare content for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report. Since then, I’ve worked on research for projects on policies related to technological innovation, low energy demand, and carbon removal.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Amelia Stastney, MIPA

It was during my time as a resource navigator that I became passionate about helping refugees. I had always known that I wanted to “do good,” but I felt through helping recent immigrants and refugees that I had found my calling. I grew frustrated at the bureaucratic challenges my patients faced, and I knew a MIPA degree was right for me.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Lauri Luosta, MIPA

I recommend (that prospective students choose their) courses carefully and ask for plenty of advice from faculty, alumni, etc. You may realize you could use certain kinds of skills for your future career, and if you learn about them early, you can pick appropriate courses. You have only four semesters at the La Follette School, so every course counts.

I have been an active volunteer since I went to college, and I am always willing to help others and try to solve social issues such as lack of education in rural areas, poor living conditions in orphanages, severe air pollution, and so on.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Logan Pearlman, MIPA

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 drawn to UW–Madison because of my respect for the history of social change and challenge driven by students and select faculty, from the Civil Rights Movement era and beyond—Chicanx students, Black American students, environmental justice advocates, workers’ rights advocates, and allies who have driven change locally and nationally.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Katie Pollock, MPA

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.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Evan Steck, MPA

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.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Jacob Pankratz, MPA

Working as a teacher in a tribal school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Standing Rock pipeline protests made me aware of the issues in intertribal relations, specifically the lack of concern from those in power of the issues facing Indian country. Seeing my community being ignored by government spurred me on to work in government to change this.

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