Conduct research for NASA

Carthage’s space sciences program is a nationally recognized undergraduate program that provides students with hands-on opportunities in technology development and atmospheric sciences through partnerships with NASA and academic researchers around the world.

The Microgravity Team study their experiment during their zero-g flight. Opportunities in the space sciences at Carthage include:

  • On-campus paid research fellowships
  • Research internships through the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, headquartered at Carthage
  • Workshops in space hardware development
  • Opportunities to support commercial development with commercial aerospace partners

Participating students regularly travel to and work with researchers at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.jpg" alt="Héctor Rauda" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,934,2000/38127_8894_163701665847155.rev.1689014202.jpg 3x" data-max-w="934" data-max-h="2000" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I appreciate Carthage’s commitment to fostering a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. With the opportunities available at Carthage, I am excited to pursue my passion for space science and contribute to the field.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2481-">Héctor Rauda</a> ’25</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.jpg" alt="Kassia Schraufnagel" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,720/37816_8345_163701665847155.rev.1684810867.jpg 3x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="720" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I had the opportunity to accompany one of the experiments I worked on with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to Texas to see it launched on a Blue Origin New Shephard rocket! I have worked on the experiment since I first started attending Carthage. Seeing it on the rocket launch was a truly incredible experience that I will never forget.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2441-">Kassia Schraufnagel</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.JPG" alt="Justin Wheeler ?25" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1800/35989_Justin_Wheeler_25.rev.1665605008.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1440" data-max-h="1800" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “Engineering is a great major for those who are into all sorts of engineering. It is not a specific category of engineering but rather a focus on the process of engineering. This program is building skilled engineers who are adaptable to every field.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2093-">Justin Lee Wheeler</a> ’25</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.jpg" alt="Iris Toney" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/46/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1700,2484/37973_8497_163701665847155.rev.1685556852.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1700" data-max-h="2484" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I think that the combination of a very rigorous engineering core and Carthage’s liberal arts curriculum work together to create engineers who are not only well versed in math and science, but who also have a broader range of knowledge and a larger skill set than your average engineer.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2464-">Iris Toney</a> ’25</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.jpg" alt="Skylar Farr" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/99/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,865,1022/37819_8322_163701665847155.rev.1684858027.jpg 3x" data-max-w="865" data-max-h="1022" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I was really attracted to Carthage for its amazing STEM program and the close relationship with NASA. I am a physics major with a concentration in astrophysics, so their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered assured me that I would have many awesome opportunities all four years that would prepare me for when I graduate.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2451-">Skylar Farr</a> ’26</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>