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  • Benchmark: Enriching Educational Experiences — NSSE — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    between peers and instructors Internships community service and senior capstone courses provide opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge Enriching Educational Experiences Items Hours spent participating in co curricular activities organizations campus publications student gov social fraternity or sorority etc Practicum internship field experience co op experience or clinical assignment Community service or volunteer work Foreign language coursework and study abroad Independent study or self designed major Culminating senior experience capstone course senior project or thesis comprehensive exam etc Serious conversations with students of different religious beliefs political opinions or personal values Serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than your own Using electronic medium e g listserv chat group Internet instant messaging etc to discuss or complete an assignment Campus environment encouraging contact among students from different economic social and racial or ethnic backgrounds Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together I love Carthage very much I can t picture myself anywhere else I am in the Carthage Choir SIFE and CURE which bring out my enjoyment of singing helping others and helping our environment Carthage is a great place to make friends for

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/value/nsse/enriching-educational-experiences/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Benchmark: Level of Academic Challenge — NSSE — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    collegiate quality Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance Level of Academic Challenge Items Hours spent preparing for class studying reading writing doing homework or lab work etc Number of assigned textbooks books or book length packs of course readings Number of written papers or reports of 20 pages or more between 5 and 19 pages and fewer than 5 pages Coursework emphasizes Analysis of the basic elements of an idea experience or theory Coursework emphasizes Synthesis and organizing of ideas information or experiences into new more complex interpretations and relationships Coursework emphasizes Making judgments about the value of information arguments or methods Coursework emphasizes Applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations Working harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor s standards or expectations Campus environment emphasizes Spending significant amount of time studying and on academic work I have been challenged greatly on an intellectual level which has made me stronger in my educational ability and prepared me for my future Carthage teaches one how to think not simply why to think The quality of my academic

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/value/nsse/level-academic-challenge/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Benchmark: Active and Collaborative Learning — NSSE — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    and Collaborative Learning Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and asked to think about what they are learning in different settings Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students for the messy unscripted problems they will encounter daily during and after college Active and Collaborative Learning Items Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions Made a class presentation Worked with other students on projects during class Worked with classmates outside of class to prepare class assignments Tutored or taught other students paid or voluntary Participated in a community based project e g service learning as part of a regular course Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class students family members co workers etc Carthage College offered me a broad based education The support and help I received from faculty was great and I know I wouldn t have received this type of help at a larger institution Overall it has been excellent I have grown intellectually emotionally physically and spiritually while at Carthage College More Findings Click on the images below to view Keep Exploring Areas of Study Recognized for Excellence Photo Gallery Meet

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/value/nsse/active-collaborative-learning/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Benchmark: Supportive Campus Environment — NSSE — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    provides the support you need to help you succeed academically Campus environment helps you cope with your non academic responsibilities work family etc Campus environment provides the support you need to thrive socially Quality of relationships with other students Quality of relationships with faculty members Quality of relationships with administrative personnel and offices Whenever I have needed help over the past four years I have always received it The faculty

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  • The Carthage Phage Hunters Course — Phage Hunters Genomics at Carthage — Biology at Carthage — Carthage College
    freshman year It s an experience they re not going to get at every college Phage hunters The genomics sequence is actually two courses a 4 credit course in the fall and a 4 credit course in the spring During the fall semester students isolate phage collected from local soil samples Carthage students may also collect samples from Lake Michigan Each student isolates their own phage on a bacteria that is related to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Prof Tobiason said Students get to name their newly identified life form They spend the rest of the term purifying and characterizing their phage and extracting its DNA The DNA from one phage is then be sent to HHMI for sequencing During the spring semester students receive digital files from HHMI containing the selected phage s DNA sequence The students then use bioinformatics tools to annotate the phage and do all of the sequence analysis Prof Tobiason said The coursework builds on themes and techniques from across biology microbiology molecular biology electron microscopy and bioinformatics according to HHMI Prof Tobiason team teaches the course with Patrick Pfaffle chair of the Biology Department as a supplement to the department s introductory biology class Nurturing a passion for research The 2013 14 academic year will be the sixth year of the SEA s National Genomics Research Initiative Since 2008 more than 4 800 students at 73 colleges and universities across the country from large research institutions to small liberal arts colleges have discovered organisms hidden in the dirt states the HHMI at its website The students have isolated more than 1 400 soil dwelling bacterial viruses and 97 student annotated phage sequences have been deposited in GenBank Seven peer reviewed papers have been published on myobacterial phage genomes and science education When upperclassmen say You re so

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/biology/phage-hunters/carthage-phage-hunters-course/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Bat Colonies — SURE 2010 — Features — Carthage College
    economic and ecological value If the bat population is decimated Prof Byrnes said we re not sure what we re going to lose Prof Byrnes was the faculty advisor on the SURE bat ecology project Her interest in bats dates to 1986 when she worked with Don Wilson now department chair and curator of vertebrate zoology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on a research project in Costa Rica Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin Madison was about the evolution and ecology of bare backed fruit bats According to Prof Byrnes the fungus can be spread by bats and humans but which is more often to blame remains undetermined She adds that the effort to locate bats is done in summer because bats hibernate during winter and many of the caves where they gather are unsafe then She says bats efforts to resist the disease disrupts their hibernation patterns They wake up in January she said of bats they try to find food there is none and they starve to death In spring Prof Byrnes said female bats who have been impregnated disperse from the caves where they hibernated to form smaller maternity colonies but we don t really know where the males go They don t form large colonies like the females The males seem to move their day roosts more often through the summer Finding bats on campus The four students went out several nights each week looking for bats around campus and several other locations in Kenosha County Interestingly one of the most likely spots on campus to find bats has been Trinity House the president s residence To do a bat count you have to sit and wait for them to come out of their roosting site around sunset Amy said Getting eaten by mosquitoes is a nightly occurrence Brianne added On their expeditions students brought a hand held bat detector linked to a personal digital assistant PDA a sort of mini computer With this device they could pick up noises made by bats but they couldn t determine the number of bats in an area Students sought to compare dry and wet habitats for bats For dry land they checked urban and rural locations On water they compared bat presence on lakes and ponds to flowing water Bats will go where there are insects Amy said so students had to wade into lakes and streams on their search Brianne said information gathered on the PDAs is entered into a computer in hopes of identifying species of bats that the students find There are seven species of bats commonly found in Wisconsin We re not catching bats Prof Byrnes said The data we re gathering doesn t require us to catch them Research an important stepping stone Amy an environmental science major from Racine Wis said the project forces us to think about conservation in a different way and opened my eyes to the importance of research John is a biology and

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/features/sure-2010/bat-colonies/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Faculty Spotlight: Daniel Miller — Neuroscience — Carthage College
    Students Prof Miller met with Prof Servatius in 2007 at the Society for Neuroscience convention in San Diego The two decided that their work was the perfect opportunity to involve Carthage students He has a staff of 40 at the hospital in New Jersey but he has too many projects for those people Prof Miller explained Rick said I know the quality of your students and I have a series of projects that are perfect for undergraduates like yours We ve had a pretty steady stream of students going into graduate work in neuroscience or biomedical science This project and the follow ups we have planned are ideal for undergraduates Prof Miller continued The students learn critical neuroscience skills and they collect data that is published in respected neuroscience journals I do very little of the hands on research This is all about teaching students so they can do hands on work One of those follow up collaborations is a project between Servatius and students involved in Character Quest There are similarities in the program Servatius is researching and Character Quest and that provides a perfect opportunity to replicate his study and see whether it yields the same results Vast Opportunities Research opportunities are available to students who are interested Psychology major Angeliemarie Soto 13 originally wanted to be a department fellow but found out that all of the positions were filled So she approached Prof Miller hoping to help him with his research I like to do research and he always has work for students Angeliemarie said I just took the opportunity Angeliemarie assisted Prof Miller with a variety of tasks She administered a questionnaire to research participants that asked them to self assess their levels of anxiety and stress in various social situations She also took saliva samples from participants who got sent to a lab to measure hormone levels Lastly she administered a mirror tracing test The test has participants trace a star through a mirror and measures how they react because the movements they see in the mirror are the opposite of their actual movements Participants must relearn how to draw the star and that can create a certain amount of stress and anxiety due to a previously easy task becoming complicated The test engages the cerebellum and hippocampus areas of the brain that are often related to PTSD Prof Miller is a friendly professor who is more than happy to help when you have questions He encourages and fosters learning Thanks to him not only do I have the opportunity to conduct research but I truly enjoy it and that s something that I never thought would be possible Angeliemarie Soto 13 Prof Miller is a friendly professor who is more than happy to help when you have questions He encourages and fosters learning Angeliemarie said Thanks to him not only do I have the opportunity to conduct research but I truly enjoy it and that s something that I never thought would be possible

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/neuroscience/daniel-miller/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Carthage student honored for research in computer science — Carthage News — Carthage College
    do that as much because everything is so fast moving Nathan said So having my work shown at the conference is really big deal Nathan a double major in computer science and mathematics received the silver award in the undergraduate research category for his project Security Through Extensible Type Systems Nathan s research deals with guarding against a process called code injection Code injection occurs when someone wishing to do harm gains access to programming code and alters it This alteration can change the appearance of a website spread malevolent software or even obtain private information from a user Nathan s research makes it harder for the code to be altered and adds an extra layer of security Going to the conference and winning the award is a big deal not only for Nathan but for Carthage as a whole said Prof Mahoney chair of the Computer Science Department SPLASH is one of the most important conferences in the field and Carthage was the only small liberal arts school there Nathan performed his work this past summer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh one of the top universities in the country and was supported by a Research Internship from the Institute for Software Research His work was one of only four projects to make it past the peer review process and make it to the conference Winning the award meant a lot to Nathan but attending the conference is what truly excited him Going to the conference and being able to link faces and personalities to people whose work I read was great he said Being able to talk to them about my work and have them want to use it was amazing Nathan s classmates Kevin a computer science major from DeForest Wis and Wojciech a computer science and

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2012/11/13/carthage-student-honored-for-research-in-computer-science/ (2013-06-13)
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