Matthew Gundlach

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Oshkosh, Wis.

Major(s)

Chemistry

Minor(s)

Physics, Entrepreneurial Studies of the Natural Sciences

When Matthew Gundlach was considering Carthage, a tour guide told him about the great relationships that Carthage students have with their professors. “I definitely knew I wanted to come to a school where great relationships were possible,” Matthew said. “Carthage felt like it could be my home.”

Matthew is majoring in chemistry with minors in physics and Entrepreneurial Studies of the Natural Sciences. “I love understanding how things work,” he said. “Every occurrence can be traced back to chemical origins. I love being able to understand incredibly complex phenomenon at its most fundamental level.” 

“Carthage has given me the opportunity to conduct research for credit during the semester.”

Matthew Gundlach, ’14

Career goal

“Ultimately, I could see myself working the research and development department of an automotive company, utilizing chemistry to design the new age of automobile engines.” 

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“My favorite professor is Prof. Blaine. The best part about her teaching style is that she truly has a passion for what she does. Although her classes are academically challenging, she is one of those professors for whom you want to work hard. She has a way of helping students reach and exceed their potential.” 

Favorite class

“My favorite class I have taken at Carthage was Introduction to Aviation. I took the class in J-Term of my freshman year. In the class, we learned how to be a private pilot. We toured an airplane manufacturing facility, a piloting school, and even the air traffic control tower of the Kenosha Airport. By the end of the month, we were all certified ground private pilots.” 

Campus involvement

“Currently, I am president of the Chemistry Club and Theta Chi Delta Honorary Chemistry Fraternity. I am also the vice president of member education for Delta Upsilon International Fraternity. Additionally, I am a student ambassador, lab assistant, and supplemental instructor.” 

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. There were a lot of concepts to learn in a relatively short amount of time.” 

Internships or on-campus employment

“In the spring of 2013, I was an intern for Pacific Sands Incorporated. Pacific Sands is a small chemical company located in Kenosha that specializes in green chemistry. Over the course of the semester, I worked in their R&D department. Typical projects would include changing colors of products, testing different fragrances, or trying to adjust the viscosity of their solutions.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has given me the opportunity to conduct research for credit during the semester. I worked with two other students and Prof. Blaine to analyze and monitor the chloride concentration of the Pike River, which runs through campus.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage happened freshman year. For the first time in several years, Carthage had a snow day. Myself and several friends went out to the field and played snow football in several feet of snow for two hours. It was a great game filled with a lot of laughs. I will never forget that day and the fun we had.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus has to be down by the lake. I love sitting on the shoreline and listening to the waves. The lake definitely has a tranquility to it that is hard to describe.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is how many great friends I have made during my time at Carthage. I knew I would meet a lot of new and exciting people at Carthage, but I couldn’t have imagined making the friends I have. People at this school have a special character, and that holds true for both students and professors.” 

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I think my 8-year-old self would think my current studies are boring. As a kid, I always wanted to be a teacher. My 8-year-old self would probably wonder why I am not being a teacher and am instead pursuing chemistry. I do think my 8-year-old self would think it is cool that I want to work with cars at some point in the future.” 

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“You have to work hard. Chemistry is a subject that builds upon itself more than any other subject I have studied. If you work diligently to understand the most basic chemistry, advanced classes will be that much easier.”