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Fulbright Fellows

Carthage has a strong record of Fulbright Fellows. In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Carthage has been named a top Fulbright producer for 2016-17.The Fulbright Fellowship is a prestigious, competitive program for American college and university students wishing to study or teach abroad after graduation. Fulbright Fellows serve as cultural ambassadors of the United States in over 100 host countries on six continents. Read more about the program.

Carthage students in their final year are eligible to apply through our campus Fulbright Program advisor, as are alumni for one year after graduation.



Alex Ash ’16

Reading, Penn.
Major: Communication

Alex Ash ’16, who graduated with a major in Communication, served as a fellow at the Brainard Writing Center on campus, and since leaving Carthage has been a third-grade teaching assistant. The native of Reading, Penn., is looking forward to creating an enjoyable classroom environment in Thailand to keep her students’ attention on the learning goals, and plans to facilitate language learning through interactive lessons that take English out of the textbook and put it in a real-world context.
Read more about Ms. Ash

Jessica Livingston ’17

Wheeling, Ill.
Majors: Graphic Design, Public Relations

Jessica Livingston ’17, majoring in Graphic Design and Public Relations, has been offered a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in the Czech Republic. She has extensive teaching experience both from her time as a teaching assistant for nonverbal autistic students and as a Writing Fellow in the Brainard Writing Center. In both contexts Jess developed visual learning strategies to make difficult concepts more accessible to her students, culminating in the design of a research-based “Visual Learners Kit” for tutors working with international students. She plans to apply these visual learning strategies as an English Teaching Assistant in the Czech Republic.
Read more about Ms. Livingston

Jamie Tyrrell ’17

Andover, Minn.
Major: Asian Studies

Jamie Tyrrell ’17, an Asian Studies major from Andover, Minn., has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea. She will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in an elementary school classroom. This marks a return to the country where Jamie spent six months last year, as a student at Seoul’s Yonsei University. “I am enthralled with Korea’s rich culture, and I found my exposure to entertainment and media was only a small fraction of what it has to offer,” she wrote in her Fulbright application essay. “South Korea has become the place I want to both study and educate others about.”
Read more about Ms. Tyrrell

Lexi Wesselhoff ’16

Belvidere, Ill.
Majors: Psychology

Lexi Wesselhoff, who graduated with a degree in Psychology, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She will spend the next academic year teaching English and sharing U.S. culture in a Taiwanese elementary or middle school. In recent years, Ms. Wesselhoff has been a tutor, teacher, therapist, and camp counselor, working with people of different cultures and level of physical and intellectual ability. Originally from Belvidere, Illinois, she has been living in Colorado since graduating, working as a behavioral therapist for people with autism. While abroad, Ms. Wesselhoff plans to establish a video exchange program between her classroom in Taiwan and a partner classroom in Illinois, allowing her Chinese-speaking students to practice their English and learn about life in the U.S.
Read more about Ms. Wesselhoff

Paige Whitney ’17

Albany, Ill.
Major: English

Paige Whitney ’17, an English major from Albany, Ill., has been selected to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a South Korean high school next year. Also pursuing minors in Japanese and Theatre, Paige has become involved in numerous facets of academic and co-curricular life at Carthage. She traveled to China to perform with the Carthage Women’s Ensemble in 2015, put on a play at the CrisisArts Festival in Arezzo, Italy with students of the Theatre Department in 2016, and participated in the Kakehashi cultural exchange program in Japan during J-term 2017. She has performed in several plays on campus, was an English Department Fellow, and president of the Merely Players improvisational comedy troupe.
Read more about Ms. Whitney



Jessie Bingaman ’16

Arlington Heights, Illinois
Majors: Spanish, Chinese, and Asian Studies

Jessie Bingaman received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and will teach English at an elementary or junior high school in Taiwan. She sees her time in Taiwan as being one filled with opportunity for herself, her students, and the community. After the completion of her teaching assistantship, she is considering pursuing a graduate degree in educational leadership or working for the U.S. State Department.
Read more about Ms. Bingaman

Taylor Kloha ’15

St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Great Ideas 

Taylor Kloha was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Czech Republic at a secondary school in the city of České Budějovice. Her skills have already been tested as a tutor of English language learners on the Carthage campus and as an instructor for a college preparatory course in Beijing, China. Taylor plans to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago after her Fulbright year to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy, with the ultimate goal of one day teaching at a university.
Read more about Ms. Kloha

Michelle Nuetzmann ’16

Gurnee, Ill.
Majors: German and Music

Michelle Nuetzmann was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Germany. This placement in Germany comes after a one-month high school exchange to Germany and a semester in Munich in spring-summer 2015. Michelle also traveled to China as part of a J-Term class focusing on music and culture. Following her time abroad, Michelle plans to work and travel while deciding on a field of graduate study, with the hopes of one day becoming a college professor. 
Read more about Ms. Nuetzmann

Evan Weyrauch ’15

Rockford, Illinois
Majors: German and History

This Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship returns Evan to the country where he spent six months studying abroad in 2014 — Germany. He expects to use elements of American culture, such as music and poetry, to bring the English language to life for his students. After his time abroad, Mr. Weyrauch plans to pursue a graduate degree with the goal of one day working as a college-level swim coach or professor.
Read more about Mr. Weyrauch



Ben Simington ’15

Matteson, Ill.
Major: History

Ben Simington was chosen for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant and has spent the better part of his college career deepening his knowledge of India. First inspired by a course in Indian history with Professor Eric Pullin, and then gaining first-hand experience in India during a J-Term study tour, Ben knew he wanted to pursue a career in Indian religious traditions. He has studied Hindi language through several prestigious programs, including the Critical Language Scholarship, and lived in Varanasi, India for a semester during his junior year. Recently selected for a second summer CLS award, Ben will use the Fulbright study grant to conduct a year of field research on the Kabir Panth religious movement, in collaboration with Professor Ravi Singh of Banaras Hindu University.
Read more about Mr. Simington
Update: Read how Ben has been connecting with Indian religions

Amy Bruckbauer ’15

Wauwatosa, Wis.
Majors: BiologyNeuroscience

Amy Bruckbauer received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and will teach English in a Bulgarian school. Through courses on campus and the College’s biannual health mission to Nicaragua, she recognized her desire to share English language and American culture abroad. After her Fulbright year, Amy plans to continue living and teaching abroad before returning to attend graduate school in a field related to education and international affairs.
Read more about Ms. Bruckbauer.

Nicole Gaa ’15

Gurnee, Ill.
Major: English

Nicole Gaa was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Turkey. She is especially looking forward to experiencing its geographic, religious, and ethnic diversity. Located at the historic intersection of Europe and Asia, Nicole believes Turkey will be an ideal place to explore multiculturalism. She believes those experiences will be useful in a career in college-level student affairs. Nicole developed her teaching skills as a participant in the Milwaukee Center for Urban Teaching’s elementary school summer program in 2014. English professor Alyson Kiesel predicts Nicole will “make a remarkable ambassador” for the country.
Read more about Ms. Gaa
Update: Nicole Gaa reflects on teaching English in Turkey

Micole Gauvin ’15

Beloit, Wis.
Majors: Elementary EducationMathematics

Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in 2014, Micole Gauvin worked with Professor Seemee Ali to analyze “The Iliad” and its connections to the past and present. Through the project, she was inspired to seek a fellowship in Greece. Micole was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Greece. “My students and I will discover how past and present Greece and America overlap through reading and writing,” she said. After returning from her Fulbright year, Micole plans to teach in an elementary or middle school in Wisconsin and pursue a master’s degree in education.
Read more about Ms. Gauvin
Update: Micole Gauvin journeys from Carthage to Athens

Matthew Wehmeier ’15

Schaumburg, Ill.
Major: GermanHistory

After studying German language for eight years and traveling to Germany three times, Matthew was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and looks forward to immersing himself in local culture while teaching in a German school. An academic year in Germany will give Matthew the change to pursue his interest in German politics, an area that he began to explore during his 2014 study abroad semester in Berlin. He plans to engage in community outreach and “the fight against poverty and oppression in all its forms.” After his Fulbright year, Matthew plans to pursue a Ph.D. and become a university professor.
Read more about Mr. Wehmeier
Update: Read how Matt has been able to share an American perspective in former East Germany



Katie Niemeyer ’13

Chatfield, Minn.
Majors: International Political EconomyEconomics

“I owe a lot to the faculty for pushing me and, at the same time, supporting me along the way. They empowered me to do these things.”

Katie Niemeyer received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mongolia for the 2013-14 year. Winner of the College Leadership Award, she demonstrated the ability to adapt to new surroundings during an internship with a nonprofit in Tanzania and J-Term study tours to Turkey, Greece, and Guatemala. Raised around horses, Ms. Niemeyer connected deeply with Mongolia’s equine culture. After completing her Fulbright year, she began graduate studies in international development at the University of California, Davis.
Read about Ms. Niemeyer’s Fulbright Year
Read more about Ms. Niemeyer

Nick Tackes ’13

Rockford, Ill.
Majors: Great IdeasReligion

“As I come out of my four years at Carthage, I feel confident in my communication skills, my critical thinking skills, and also my ability to adapt to new and potentially challenging surroundings.”

Nick Tackes assisted English instructors in India during the 2013-14 academic year after receiving a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship. Living in India also gave him the chance to learn the Hindi language. While at Carthage, Mr. Tackes toured historical religious sites in India during a 2012 J-Term study tour and learned elementary Hindi through independent study. During his time at Carthage, he gained experience as a writing fellow at the Brainard Writing Center and a resident assistant/assistant hall director. He is now pursuing his graduate studies in religion at Columbia University, and ultimately hopes to teach Hindu religious culture at the college level.
Read more about Mr. Tackes  



Kayleen Hannigan ’12

Oregon, Wis.
Majors: GermanArt HistoryStudio Art

“All of the professors at Carthage are excited; not just about what they’re doing, but about what you’re learning. It’s that personal attention that makes coming here so awesome.”

Kayleen Hannigan spent the 2012-13 academic year working in German secondary schools on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. While a Carthage student, Ms. Hannigan spent one semester of her junior year studying at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and was a student in Carthage’s 2010 J-Term study tour to Germany. She also held internships with the Racine Art Museum and worked as a Resident Assistant in the Oaks Residential Village.

Jean Brody ’12

Pewaukee, Wis.
Majors: GermanEnglish
Minor: Secondary Education

“The people at Carthage helped me find my center, by throwing me off center. The professors prepared me academically, professionally and creatively.”

Jean Brody spent the 2012-13 academic year working at a German high school, with a variety of classes and grade levels. Before receiving the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, she was awarded a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, Carthage’s German Scholarship, and a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for study in Germany. Ms. Brody spent one semester of her junior year at the University of Heidelberg. She plans to teach German at the high school level.



Deanna Love ’11

Kenosha, Wis.
Majors: SpanishEnglishAccounting

“Carthage allowed me to do a triple major, in fields as diverse as Spanish, English, and accounting. I’ll be using all three in Argentina.”

Ms. Love was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant to teach English as a foreign language in Argentina. After graduating from Carthage, Ms. Love worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, supervising the Student Work and Mentoring Place at a public library branch in St. Paul, Minn. Her 10-month Fulbright commitment began in Spring 2012. Ms. Love plans to pursue graduate studies, perhaps in a field related to international business, either in the United States or a Spanish-speaking country.



Ashley A. LaFontaine ’09

Wausau, Wis.
Major: Biology

“Prof. Hegrenes really helped me throughout my years at Carthage and pushed me to try even harder and do my best in everything.”

Ashley LaFontaine was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant to teach English as a foreign language in South Korea during the 2009-10 academic year. At Carthage, Ms. LaFontaine conducted field ecology research, presented her research at regional conferences, led the Pre-Health Club, organized fundraisers for Carthage’s medical mission in Nicaragua, and served the Biology Department as an assistant in the Anatomy & Physiology classes. She is now a Physician Assistant in Minneapolis.



Stephanie Coulis ’08

Lowell, Ind. 
Major: French
Minors: SpanishSecondary Education

“At Carthage I found the people and resources to make me a fuller, more well-rounded individual. My studies helped me become more observant, listen more skillfully, and ask better questions.”

Stephanie Coulis was named a Fulbright Fellow after graduating from Carthage in 2008. She spent a year in France teaching English as a second language to first and second-year elementary students. During her junior year at Carthage, Ms. Coulis spent a semester studying at the University of Caen in Normandy, France. She also traveled to Guatemala and Mexico for J-Term courses. As a result of her many service projects and her work encouraging interest in language and culture, she won the Modern Language Department’s Iréne Kraemer Service Learning Award. After graduating with a master’s degree in international development from George Washington University, she went on to work for several Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organizations. She is currently a business development specialist at IMPAQ international.

Emily Mulder ’08

Beaver Dam, Wis.
Majors: GermanPhysics

Emily Mulder received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2008 to teach German high school students about American culture and language. While a student at Carthage, Ms. Mulder completed two senior theses on the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, different versions for each of her two majors. She was able to employ both her German and physics studies during her junior year abroad at the Karl-Ruprechts-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, where she served as a language tutor and worked as an intern at a German software company. At Carthage, she belonged to several organizations and played clarinet for the Carthage Pep Band. She currently teaches English to teachers in training at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. 


DAAD Scholarship Winners

In addition to Fulbright Scholarships, Carthage students have received many other prestigious scholarships, including DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships. DAAD scholarships are awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service to study in Germany for a semester. Past winners of DAAD Scholarships are:

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarship recipients are awarded fully-funded intensive summer language classes in less-taught languages.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

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

    • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

    • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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. 5 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 …