Students studying environmental science at Carthage can take advantage of multiple academic programs:
Carthage Spanish students can get involved in a number of student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice. Join Beta Beta Beta, Carthage United to Rescue the Earth (CURE), Gamma Theta Upsilon, and more!
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, or SURE, offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget.
J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which students take a single course on campus or participate in a study tour in another state or country. The Environmental Science Program has offered courses, research opportunities and study tours during J-Term.
Midstates Math and Science Consortium
Carthage is a member of the 11-state Midstates Science and Math Consortium, giving Carthage students access to facilities at other schools including the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Carthage students have also presented at the Consortium’s undergraduate research symposia.
Scholarships and Funding
Giving students opportunities to do real research, guided by faculty, is a priority in the Natural Sciences Division at Carthage. The Environmental Science Program continues this emphasis in and out of the classroom. Programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience give students significant research experiences that go beyond textbook projects. Students can also join Carthage’s Invasive Species Working Group, led by professors Tracy Gartner and Scott Hegrenes. Scholarships and funding for environmental research are also available through national organizations.
Internships and Employment
The Aspire Center and Environmental Science Program faculty offer students assistance in finding internships and summer jobs.
Environmental science students regularly attend research conferences and meetings to present their work and learn from others. In Spring 2010, four students attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Montana to present their research. In March 2010, two Carthage students won an award for undergraduate research excellence at the American Water Resources Association Meeting. They won the award for their poster presentation on establishing a monitoring program for invasive species in Kenosha County.
There are several student organizations on campus devoted to environment-related community service projects. There are volunteer opportunities in the Kenosha area as well.