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

iCons Student is Named Author

Photo of Tristan Tay

We are so proud of iCons Class of 2017 student, Tristan Tay, whose contributions to UMass Prof Vincent Rotello's lab were recognized, as he was named as an author on the recently published paper on gene editing in the journal ACS Nano entitled, "Direct Cytosolic Delivery of CRISPR/Cas9-Ribonucleoprotein for Efficient Gene Editing".  Tristan did a co-op last semester with a biotech startup in Cambridge, and he will be graduating UMass in Fall 2017, looking to pursue a Md/PhD degree.  

The Seventh Kingdom Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

iCons 1 Team mapping out system related to Antibiotic Resistance

For their first case study, the iCons cohort, The Seventh Kingdom, has chosen to study Antibiotic Resistance.  They are using system diagrams to understand all of the aspects of the problem (political, social, environmental, etc).  This will allow them to pinpoint the area that they want to focus their solution on in order to maximize the impact.

iCons Family Evolves

Justin Fermann

Spring & Summer 2016 saw the graduation of the third cohort of iCons students– known as The Third Axis and also brought about new administrative and instructional leadership of the iCons program. Professor Justin Fermann has moved into the role of iCons Director.  As an instructor in iCons 1 for the last six years, Fermann is ready to take on the challenge of bringing iCons to the next level academically –as the program looks to open a third track and to redevelop the biomedicine lab course. 

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