Chemistry and Physics
Graduate Student at the University of Oregon
During his time at Carthage, Michael Regotti ’19 was the recipient of the John H. Lyons Sr. Scholarship and the Carthage College Faculty Honors Scholarship. The former Carthage Chemistry Department Service Fellow is now a graduate student at the University of Oregon, where he is enrolled in the Master Industrial Internship Program.
Mr. Regotti believes he is excelling in his current program because the skills he gained at Carthage, especially writing, gave him an advantage over the students he works with who came from other universities.
“Writing lab reports and theses really sharpened my scientific writing, and it was immediately noticeable when doing projects with students from bigger universities!”
“The small class sizes and general education requirements really helped prepare my lab skills, learning skills, and, most importantly, my writing skills.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“The faculty in the Masters Industrial Internship Program are all exceptional and will always do their best to help me in my future career. The lab courses encouraged problem-solving on my own, and the right answer was often withheld for learning’s sake. It was so rewarding to fabricate a working semiconductor device with just my peers, and I feel prepared to make significant contributions in my upcoming internship.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“The small class sizes and general education requirements really helped prepare my lab skills, learning skills, and, most importantly, my writing skills. Carthage offers direct feedback from professors that bigger schools cannot, meaning bad habits are stopped quickly. Writing was always stressed as one of the most important skills, and being at Carthage is the reason my writing is as good as it is. Writing lab reports and theses really sharpened my scientific writing, and it was immediately noticeable when doing projects with students from bigger universities!”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“During my current lab course, I was able to quickly draw important conclusions from the vast amount of data our class collected. I attribute this to the data analysis and communication skills I learned at Carthage. Tackling a lot of data at once makes it hard to know where to start and requires critical thinking to identify what is important. Effectively communicating your findings is arguably even harder, but, luckily, that was a main focus during my coursework at Carthage.”