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.
Every year the iCons students publically share their work in three events at the semester's end:
On May 5, iCons 1 students tried their hand at presenting (for some) their first poster. Their final team project was to create their own case study on a societal problem of their choice. The iCons 2 Biomedicine students also shared posters -- answering questions such as: Which type of genetically engineered microorganism is the most cost-effective and efficient source of biofuel?
iCons 2 Renewable Energy students had their Annual Energy Debate on the question: Which proposal will feasibly create a quantifiably and quantitatively positive impact on campus sustainability that starts within the next 5 years and continues thereafter?
Please congratulate our own Rebecca Toohey for being named one of only 10 recipients campus-wide for this year's 21st Century Leader Award. Rebecca will be honored at the Commencement Ceremony and even gets to sit on stage! She is a tremendous student both in and out of the classroom; most notably, she instituted the MEDLife organization here on the UMass campus (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere).
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iCons Fourth Dimension (4th cohort) began their journey in Spring 2013. On May 4, 2017, four years and lots of work later, they stood proudly in front of their independent research posters, eager to share their work with the attendees of the Senior Research Exposition. One of the learning objectives in iCons 2, "Students will learn to make science interesting to various audiences" -- was readily apparent during the Expo, as students worked to make the science relevant to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds.
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