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Research at Carthage


Carthage students present findings from their research both on campus and off. Students are regularly invited to present papers and posters at regional, national and international conferences.

Carthage’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity committee maintains the following list of conferences at which Carthage students may be able to present their work.

All Disciplines

Carthage’s Celebration of Scholars

May 2, 2014
Carthage Campus

This annual event is held every spring on the Carthage campus. Founded in 2011, Celebration of Scholars showcases projects by students and faculty across all seven academic divisions: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, education, business, and interdisciplinary studies. “This is one of those stand-and-deliver moments for students,” said Carthage’s Provost Julio Rivera. “Students have been here for two, three, four years. They’ve done some significant work. This is their chance to tell others about it.”

Council on Undergraduate Research

April 3-5, 2014
Lexington, Ky.

CUR holds a biennial conference bringing together faculty, administrators, policy makers, representatives of funding agencies, and other stakeholders with an interest in doing and promoting undergraduate research. The conference features more than 100 workshops, presentations by representatives of funding agencies, social interactions, and poster presentations.

National Collegiate Honors Council — National Conferences on Undergraduate Research

Nov. 5-9, 2014

The National Collegiate Honors Council’s mission is to support and enhance the community of educational institutions, professionals and students who participate in collegiate honors education around the world. NCHC holds an annual conference every fall. Members from around the country are invited to share ideas, present research, and attend events. Students can present their thesis work and independent study research at poster sessions.

Posters on the Hill

Every Spring
Washington, D.C.

Carthage students have been selected to present their research at the prestigious Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. Posters on the Hill is an annual event sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research intended to help lawmakers understand the importance of undergraduate research programs.

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

April 10-11, 2014
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Carthage is a member of The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, an organization of public and private colleges and universities dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict. The Institute hosts conferences for students and faculty every year. Carthage students and faculty regularly participate in poster sessions, round table discussions and paper presentations at these conferences. Five Carthage students and two faculty members were selected to participate in the Spring 2013 conference. Read more.

Arts & Humanities

The College Art Association

February 12-15, 2014
The CAA is the meeting of artistic minds. Discussions and sessions cover the history of art, external influences on artists, the complexities of the media, and so much more. Lecturers are members of the art community and professors from colleges and universities around the country.

The Educational Theatre Association

July 24-27, 2014

Theatre is a recognized core subject that integrates a wide range of knowledge and teaches the most valued 21st century skills of education—creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. But in too many schools the opportunity for students to experience the art has diminished. To ensure that theatre is part of education reform, we need trained teachers like you who understand that “theatre at the core” means it is essential to every child’s education.

National Communication Association’s 100th Annual Convention

November 20-23, 2014
This conference is held annually to explore the connections that are made through communication, which happens to be this year’s theme. A key value of the convention is the opportunities it offers to bring us together, both professionally and socially. The convention theme thus focuses on how we relate to each other —as people, as members of the discipline, as educators, scholars, and practitioners, as students and administrators.

23rd Annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

April 25, 2014
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. It is designed as a celebration of undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline, bringing together students and faculty from colleges and universities of the upper Midwest.


Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Symposium

Fall 2014
University of Chicago, Washington University
Carthage is a member of the 11-state Midstates Math and Science Consortium, which holds undergraduate symposia every fall. These meetings are designed for undergraduate students to present the results of their own research projects to their peers and consortium faculty. Between 15 and 20 Carthage students present their research at this conference each year; some participate in poster sessions. Others are invited to give oral presentations about their work.

American Astronomical Society Meeting

Jan. 5-9, 2014
Washington, D.C.
The American Astronomical facilitates and strengthens the interactions among members through professional meetings and other means, and works to train, mentor and support the next generation of astronomers.

American Chemistry Society Regional Meetings

TBD, 2015
Grand Rapids, Mich.

ACS Regional Meetings are organized by ACS Local Sections and reflect the diverse professional interests in their geographic regions. These meetings generally feature excellent three- to four-day technical programs, poster sessions, and two-day exhibits.

American Chemistry Society National Meetings

March 16-20, 2014
ACS National Meetings occur twice a year in various cities around the U.S., and each one attracts an estimated 11,000 to 13,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students, and other related professionals. Each meeting features more than 7,000 presentations organized into technical symposia that highlight important research advances.

American Society for Microbiology General Meeting

May 17-20, 2014
The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. The Society hosts three annual meetings, as well as topical conferences and regional meetings.

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society

June 4-8, 2014
Erie, Pa.

Tri-beta holds district conventions every year and national conventions every two years. Student members can report their research and hear from outstanding graduate researchers and professors. Students who present papers at the national convention are eligible for research stipends.

Mathematical Association of America MathFest

Aug. 6-9, 2014
Portland, Ore.

The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Its annual summer meetings offer poster sessions, exhibits, mini-courses, student sessions, panel discussions and more.

Pi Mu Epsilon Undergraduate Conferences

National Conference
Regional Conferences

To promote mathematics, the National Pi Mu Epsilon Council sponsors an annual conference in conjunction with the Mathematics Association of America’s (MAA) annual MathFest. Traditionally, this conference occurs the first weekend of August. Undergraduate members of Pi Mu Epsilon are encouraged 15-minute presentations on a mathematical topic of interest. A number of active Pi Mu Epsilon chapters across the country also sponsor regional conferences for student speakers.

Society for Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry

Dates and locations vary
SETAC holds annual meetings, as well as regional topic meetings and symposia.

Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity Conference

October 20-24, 2014
Portland, Ore.

The ACM conference SPLASH is an annual conference that embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery.

  • 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.

    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • Since 2008, Carthage athletic training students have used the newest diagnostic tools to study concussions. Overseen by a leading brain trauma expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the research helps doctors determine when athletes are healthy enough to return.

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

    • 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

    • 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 marketing 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 $22,000 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 …