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.
About 100 iCons scholars and applicants gathered in the Integrative Learning Center of UMass Amherst on Nov 9, 2017 for the annual iCons Fall Integrative Workshop. They came to hear Dr. Johnathan Thon tell the story of how his start-up company Platelet Biogenesis came to be. Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program Director Justin Fermann introduced Thon to the crowd, telling the iCons students “we are here because we have work to do, and he’s got some problems we need to solve.”
The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the establishment of the Mahoney Alumni Award for the iCons Program, an annual award bestowed to one alumna or alumnus of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program who demonstrates application of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills developed in the program, and who shows engagement and support of the iCons community since graduation.
Mark Tuominen, iCons faculty and curriculum developer, has been named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Natural Sciences.
As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, Professor Tuominen will have broad responsibilities for the success of research and faculty advancement for the thirteen department and two schools, encompassing more than 450 faculty, within CNS.