The UMass Amherst iCons program prepares our best undergraduates to be problem solvers, leaders and innovators in science and technology. iCons faculty recruit top tier students across a diverse range of science and engineering disciplines to identify global problems and find cutting edge solutions. The iCons program positions students for high achievement in graduate school and in their careers.

News Highlights

9th Cohort Seeks Scientific Solutions to Societal Challenges

9th Cohort orientation presentation

On December 1, 2018, the UMass iCons program hosted an orientation welcoming their “9th Bit” cohort. The mission was clear: determine what exactly constitutes a “global problem” and teach these new students how to think in terms of these issues.

iCons Workshop: UMass students tackle the future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy sources

Justin Fermann and  Krish Thaigarajan Sharman prompting students to discuss issues in aquacultu

With the human population growing at a steep incline, scientists are putting energy towards developing new ways of maximizing food production for this increasing population. University of Massachusetts Professor and Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy Krish Thaigarajan Sharman presented this issue to the iCons Fall Workshop on October 29th, 2018, focusing on the future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy sources. And despite the large scale and complexity of these issues, the UMass students provided innovative solutions.

Fresh Voice Enhances Multidisciplinary Teaching

Christiane Healey, UMass Biology, Mahoney iCons Teaching Award Recipient

Christiane Healey, biology, is the first recipient of the newly established Mahoney Teaching Award for the UMass iCons Program, made possible by a gift from the Mahoney family. The award brings in new faculty members who haven’t yet taught in the iCons Program, relying on student nominations to bring great candidates forward.   Read More

Upcoming Events

Thu, Mar 28 - 4:00pm

Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

Mara Prentiss

Harvard University


Hosted by PERI, reception to follow

Thu, Apr 4 - 5:00pm

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Low

Abrah Dresdale

Regenerate Change


Hosted by UMass Libraries, RSVP by March 27

Thu, May 2 - 3:30pm

Integrated Sciences Bldg, Atrium & ISB 221


Refreshments served, Posters 3:30-4:30, Honorary Lectureships and Award Ceremony 4:30-5:30

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