Ben Massat

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Major(s)

Biology

Minor(s)

Chemistry

Ben Massat ’16 chose Carthage because of the professors. “They had very close relationships with their students and prioritized their success. Bigger schools did not offer the same personalized attention to their students that Carthage did. We have a very welcoming, close-knit community here that supports students throughout their college career and beyond.”

Ben is president of Biology honorary society Beta Beta Beta, co-founder of the Carthage Vanguard Undergraduate Research Journal, and philanthropy chair of Tau Sigma Phi fraternity. Through the organizations he’s involved in on campus, he’s had his best Carthage moments. “My fraternity brothers have become my best friends and we’ve made memories to last us a lifetime,” he said. “The workload and difficulty of the major can be challenging to handle, so always make time for yourself to have fun and relax.”

“Bigger schools did not offer the same personalized attention to their students that Carthage did. We have a very welcoming, close-knit community here that supports students.”

Ben Massat, ’16

Career goal

“To attend medical school.”

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

Paul Martino has been a fantastic professor and research mentor for me throughout my time at Carthage. He’s been there for me and so many students for more than just our class work and I couldn’t be more grateful for his help.

Deborah Tobiason, my primary advisor and first research mentor at Carthage, has also had a great impact on me. She’s been an excellent professor, advisor, and a huge part of why my education at Carthage has been so great.

Patrick Pfaffle and Matthew Zorn take students to Nicaragua to help in medical clinics twice a year, a trip that still impacts me today, and John Isham’s Western Heritage and Russian literature classes have been some of the most meaningful and thought-provoking of my life. There are too many professors to list!”

Favorite class

“Prof. Paul Martino’s Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310) class. It was very challenging with a large breadth of interesting and complex material. It also had my favorite lab section of any class I’ve taken because we were able to design and carry out our own physiology-based research project.”

Campus involvement

“I’m president of Beta Beta Beta, Carthage’s biological honors society. I’m also a co-founder of the Carthage Vanguard Undergraduate Research Journal, and philanthropy chair of Tau Sigma Phi.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I was awarded an American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Grant and received funding to help with research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I learned so much this summer and am incredibly grateful for the experience. I will be presenting our findings at Experimental Biology in San Diego this April.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Anything and everything related to Tau Sigma Phi. My fraternity brothers have become my best friends and we’ve made memories to last us a lifetime.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The beach.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise is how sad I am to leave after this year.”

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

“He would be disappointed because I wanted to be a rock star when I was 8.”

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

“The workload and difficulty of the major can be challenging to handle, so always make time for yourself to have fun and relax.”