Josey Muske ?20

Josey Muske

Class Year



Kenosha, Wisconsin





“Through Carthage, I have been able to present my research at Celebration of Scholars, Midstates, and the Autumn Immunology Conference.”

Josey Muske, ’20

Career goal

“I plan on looking into a graduate program after Carthage. I am hoping to find a career somewhere in research.”

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

Professor Andrea Henle took me on her zebrafish team as a freshman. Since then, she has guided me and given me numerous research opportunities. She has also aided me in gaining opportunities outside of Carthage, and overall has better prepared me for after graduation.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Biology 1110. As a freshman discovering your own phage, practicing lab skills and doing research really helped peak my interest in biology. Most other schools would not offer that kind of lab until later on in an academic career.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the president of the Biology Club. Our goal is to help underclassman feel comfortable in the department, gain advice for the future, and gain confidence in themselves.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Organic Chemistry. It requires a different way of thinking and different styles of problem solving skills.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“During the summer of 2017, I participated in Carthage’s SURE program, in which I studied nine cancer cell lines grown under different oxygen conditions. We were looking to see if the protein expression was up or down when regulated between the two conditions. In the summer of 2018, I was accepted into the research program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to work in the immunology department.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Through Carthage, I have been able to present my research at Celebration of Scholars, Midstates, and the Autumn Immunology Conference.”


“I receive the academic honors scholarship along with a few smaller scholarships. These scholarships are the reason I am able to attend Carthage.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I find my favorite moments are when I am with friends doing things for the Biology Department. We have all gone through the same trials, all make silly mistakes, and all need a good laugh at times. To feel so connected to those going through the same thing as me has really made my time at Carthage.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The table outside of Lab 269 is a common ground for all of my friends, and we always know someone will be around. It is also next to the professor offices in case I have a question. The instructors tend to stop by to put their two cents in after overhearing our conversations, and it’s usually hilarious.”

Biggest surprise so far

“When you come to a college, you think the professors are so intimidating, but through working with so many of them, you begin to see how kind, caring, helpful, and funny they all can be. It’s always fun when you start picking up on the quirks that everyone else talks about.”

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

“Biology has so many fields within itself that there is something for everyone. Be prepared to work because it is not the easiest of majors. However, when you look back, you will realize how far you have come and that moment really makes you proud. If you integrate yourself into the department, you will make so many friends and get great advice, and even better experience that will prepare you for the future.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage offers a brand new science facility, the David A. Straz, Jr. Center, and immense technology. Arguably more important, Carthage offers small class sizes that allow you to create a relationship with your professors by opening the door for greater guidance. Carthage gives plenty of opportunities to be in labs doing research.”