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.

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Using Computer Science to solve Cancer

Dr. Woody Sherman, CSO, Silicon Therapeutics

Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) students don’t shy away from big problems.  They use the strength of the team and the broad range of skill sets across disciplines to take risks and think boldly.   


So, it is fitting that a like-minded, world-famous expert in computational drug design, Dr. Woody Sherman, was the guest-speaker facilitating the program’s Fall 2019 Integrative Science Workshop.  Dr. Sherman’s company, Silicon Therapeutics, does cancer research using an integrative approach combining physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology -- all starting with high-performance computing of protein-drug interactions to design more effective drugs. 

Passing of the torch to Executive Director Auerbach at annual Fall Workshop

Dr. Justin Fermann, previous iCons Director, passed a symbolic (blow)torch to Executive Director Auerbach to use to light a glas

Eager UMass iCons Program applicants, proud current and past students, and grateful faculty gathered in the Integrative Sciences Building on Wednesday, November 6th as a group with a common purpose:  to make change.  The annual UMass iCons Integrative Science Fall Workshop centers on a grand problem of our time and brings in an expert problem solver in this area to facilitate a workshop in the ‘iCons way’ --- using an integrated scientific approach.   


What most at this event didn’t know was they were about to witness another iCons tradition in the making. 

iCons Program Manager position is now open for applications

Thank you for helping to build the future of the UMass iCons Program. #UMassiCons #spreadtheword

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