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Meet Carthage Physics Alumni

  • Austin Borkowski ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Embedded Software Engineer at i3pd

    • Major(s): Physics

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  • Lauren (Zimmerman) Bischel ’09

    • Current Position: 

      Process Engineer at Immucor

    • Major(s): Physics

    “Taking advantage of the small class sizes by getting to know my classmates and professors helped me excel academically, as did having a group of like-minded people to study and talk with about shared interests and future goals.”

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  • Alexander Abbott ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Student Pilot for the United States Air Force

    • Major(s): Physics

    “The physics faculty understood that I had no interest in graduate school or post-undergrad internships like most students do, and still encouraged me to apply to something suited toward my interests.”

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  • Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts ’10

    • Current Position: 

      Graduate Student at Purdue University

    • Major(s): Physics

    “Participating in the NASA SEED program is what ignited my passion for space research.”

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  • Ian Brodie ’11

    • Current Position: 

      “I am a sourcing and bids manager at Alstom Transport in Chicago, Illinois.”

    • Major(s): Physics

    “There was this aura of total collaboration, knowledge, and passion permeating the [Physics] Department that made it captivating to be a part of each day. It was an extraordinary place filled with extraordinary students and teachers, and I will never forget my time there.”

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  • Chris Duffy ’04

    • Current Position: 

      Interface Analyst at Epic

    • Major(s): Mathematics, Physics

    “Recognizing everyone is on the same team and generally headed in the same direction is important.”

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  • Ethan Hobbs ’18

    • Current Position: 

      PhD Student at University of Colorado-Boulder

    • Major(s): Physics and Mathematics

    “Reach out to your professors! They might be intimidating, but they are a great resource and are always there to help.”

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  • Eric Ireland ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Applications Engineer at Electro Scientific Industries (a division of MKS Instruments) 

    • Major(s): Physics and Mathematics

    “In many ways, Carthage has given me a foundation to be successful — both personally and professionally.”

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  • Monica Kasper ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Energy Analyst at Satori Energy

    • Major(s): Physics

    “Others want you to succeed. Putting in initiative and effort to explore opportunity is a small step to take for a huge payout.”

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  • Nathaniel Lee ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Co-Founder of Creative Eats, 

    • Major(s): Physics

    “I built a multitude of lasting relationships at Carthage that I will never forget.”

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  • Bryce Novak ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Logistics Account Executive at Total Quality Logistics

    • Major(s): Physics

    “I’d recommend trying everything that Carthage has to offer. You never know what opportunities there are if you don’t reach out and try to get it.”

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  • Michael Regotti ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Graduate Student at the University of Oregon

    • Major(s): Chemistry and Physics
    • Minor(s): Mathematics

    “The small class sizes and general education requirements really helped prepare my lab skills, learning skills, and, most importantly, my writing skills.” 

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  • Tod Schulter ’16

    • Current Position: 

      Space Systems Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation

    • Major(s): Physics and Mathematics

    “Don’t get caught up with the small things too much. Try things you aren’t 100 percent sure about, like being an org president. I wasn’t sure about that before I took the position, but through my experiences, I proved to myself I could be a leader.”

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  • Justin Sebens ’11

    • Current Position: 

      Engineer at SRF Consulting Group

    • Major(s): Physics

    “In my profession, due to time restrictions and budgets, sometimes the best solution does not make it to the table. Carthage taught me that sometimes going above and beyond what you are required to do can help facilitate some of the most innovated ideas.”

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  • Jackson Wehr ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Finance Associate at Collins Aerospace

    • Major(s): Physics

    “The physics faculty offer great advice to their students, not just in the classroom or on homework assignments. They are looking out for our futures after Carthage. Without those relationships I formed with faculty, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Computer science students watch Prof. Mark Mahoney’s recorded lecturers in their free time, so he can nearby “when they do their real learning,” he says. He has company: Physics professor Brant Carlson’s quantum mechanics video playlist has been viewed more than 170,000 times. 

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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