This week's Wildcat of the Week spotlight features Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences student Lauren Wustenberg '15. The graduating senior from Farmington, Minnesota, is majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy & Culture.


Lauren focuses her research on sustainable development of rural communities in the Peruvian Amazon.


She says growing up on a hobby farm in southern Minnesota sparked her interest in rural development patterns, and her time at Northwestern allowed her to explore different methods of building community.


Lauren is also a senior class gift participant. She divided her class gift among the Environmental Policy & Culture program, the Ballroom Latin and Swing Team, and dancemarathon because, together, they have taught her that "great things can happen when building a community aimed at a common purpose."


She hopes that in the future, her legacy will continue in the form of a stronger Northwestern dance community and a more environmentally focused campus.


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