News Highlights

iCons Alumna hosts Poster Workshop

iCons Alumna hosts Poster Workshop

  iCons students are so lucky to have iCons alumna, Hannah French return to campus on Saturday, April 7th to host a workshop on poster design.  Hannah is an educator herself and she knows the importance of presentation.  In this work session, Hannah will help iCons students think through their layout, choice of graphics, purpose, etc.  There will be a discussion about what makes an effective, beautiful poster and examples will be analyzed.  Read more about Hannah here.

iCons Works at Fall Workshop

A group of iCons students brainstorm at Fall Workshop

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. Jonathan 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.”

Annual Mahoney Alumni Award Established for iCons Program Graduates

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.

Tuominen Named CNS Associate Dean for Research & Innovation

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.

iCAN leads case study at Junior Achievement Summer Institute

In partnership with Junior Achievement of Northern New England, A group of dedicated iCons alumni visited the MIT Sloan School of Management to run an iCons-style case study for high school students.

The event was a terrific demonstration of the power of the iCons approach, and was a great success.

For more details and pictures, check out the official iCAN blog post.

iCons Alumni Network (iCAN) Celebrates One Year Anniversary

iCAN (iCons Alumni Network)

A group of UMass iCons Program alumni officially launched the iCAN organization in the summer of 2016.  This international network aims to foster and maintain a powerful sense of community among the alumni of iCons. Their mission:  "We believe that we can carry the collaborative spirit of the program out into the world, and by doing so, improve both it and ourselves."  

iCons Students Honored for Solar Panel Cooling Proposal

Four students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program have been awarded first place in the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award 2017 for their research paper “What is it Going to Take to Make Solar Panels Cool?”  Read More

iCons Program Creates First Student Philanthropy and Leadership Awards

The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, a College of Natural Sciences curriculum initiated in 2011 that teaches teams of undergraduates to integrate various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas to solve global problems, has created the Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Philanthropy and Leadership with a gift from Peg Crowley-Nowick, founder and president of Zipher Medical Affairs Co. of Marion.  Read more:  UMass News

UMass Amherst iCons Students Land Summer Internships in Massachusetts Life Science, Energy Firms


UMass Amherst iCons Students Land Summer
Internships in Massachusetts Life Science, Energy Firms

AMHERST, Mass. –  Ten students in the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program are working at paid internships with Massachusetts life science and energy technology firms for the summer, at corporations including Tesla, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anika Therapeutics of Bedford and Waters Corp. of Milford.

Venkataraman advises Amherst Middle School science club and student-led water tests

Students in a science club at Amherst Middle School are conducting their own versions of water tests and thinking about solutions to the problem. The science club is modeled on the Integrated Concentration in Science program (iCons), in which students use a multidisciplinary approach to solve real-world problems, and is advised by D. Venkataraman, Chemistry, iCons 4 Instructor. Daily Hampshire Gazette