Laura is originally from Ecuador. She is currently a junior at Columbia GS, majoring in Cognitive Science. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a year-round intern for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. On campus, she works part-time as a research assistant on the Poverty Tracker study at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy. As a Global Thought Scholar, she hopes to embark on research related to global health inequality and sustainable development, with a focus on Latin America.