Stephanie Bradshaw ?17

Stephanie Bradshaw

Class Year


Current home

Middleton, Wis.


Geography, Earth Science, Physics

Current Position

Graduate student

While at Carthage, Stephanie Bradshaw ’17 was named the Distinguished Senior of the Year in all three of her majors: geography, earth science, and physics. She was one of the few students to minor in meteorology and climatology, with a second minor in mathematics.

Ms. Bradshaw is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is researching in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences department. She is focusing on developing a deep learning model for nowcasting convective initiation.

“One of the best things about contributing to research in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences is I get to learn something new every day. I also enjoy meeting people with many different research interests since my field is cross-disciplinary.”

Ms. Bradshaw thanks Carthage faculty in the geospatial and physics departments for their dedication to her success in and after college.

“I developed a confidence in my abilities, which has been critical for my success as a researcher.”

Stephanie Bradshaw, ’17

How did Carthage prepare you?

“Through my classes, extracurriculars, the support from professors, and the numerous opportunities Carthage gave me to learn hands-on (going on a J-Term study tour to Nicaragua, participating in RockSat-X, and providing the means to apply for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, I developed a confidence in my abilities, which has been critical for my success as a researcher.”

Why did you choose Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the small class sizes and abundant opportunities Carthage provided.”

What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?

“Words fail to describe just how influential Professor Kurt Piepenburg, Professor Matthew Zorn, and Professor Brant Carlson were to my success at Carthage and beyond. Their dedication to their students in and out of the classroom never ceases to amaze me. They are an inspiration to me in my career path.”

Tips for current Carthage students?

“Your mental health as a student is important. Never be afraid to do what you need to do in order to stay healthy, whether that be to dedicate time for yourself each week or to reach out to a friend, advisor, counselor, or even a professor. Everyone at Carthage is dedicated to your success, and your mental health needs to come first if you are to be successful.”

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