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Greco video abstract honored at MIT International Conference of Applied Energy

K Greco wins award for best video abstract at MIT Energy Conference

The iCons 3rd Axis alum Katharine Greco, is pursuing her PhD in chemical engineering at MIT.  She recently won the award for best video abstract at the MIT International Conference of Applied Energy in May 2019.

Katharine gave a talk at the conference on her research regarding next-gen energy storage materials, and produced an award-winning video abstract using all her iCons training in scientific communication. 

Moving on Up: iCons Graduates 6th Cohort

UMass iCons 2019 Graduating Class

The UMass Amherst iCons Program hosted a successful Senior Research Exposition for the 6th graduating cohort on May 2, 2019 in the Integrated Sciences Building. After posters, talks, and a cohort graduation ceremony, a select group attended the award ceremony in the Old Chapel. It was here that the UMass iCons Program announced the recipients of the annual Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Leadership & Philanthropy and the Mahoney Alumni Award.

iCons Leaders Reflect on Crowley-Nowick Award

iCons Crowley-Nowick Award Winners and Director Fermann

For Crowley-Nowick Leadership award recipients Eric Wuesthoff and Dominique Carey, the UMass iCons program goes beyond academics: it is a tight knit community beyond the UMass Amherst campus.

This particular award, given annually, focuses on students that embody the iCons mission. Specifically, open-minded students with strong leadership and teamwork skills are recognized. And these students are not selected by professors: instead, students nominate fellow peers they believe would be a good fit for the award. The people nominated the most make it to the second round, where peers select students they think deserve the award off the list.

9th Cohort Seeks Scientific Solutions to Societal Challenges

9th Cohort orientation presentation

On December 1, 2018, the UMass iCons program hosted an orientation welcoming their “9th Bit” cohort. The mission was clear: determine what exactly constitutes a “global problem” and teach these new students how to think in terms of these issues.

iCons Workshop: UMass students tackle the future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy sources

Justin Fermann and  Krish Thaigarajan Sharman prompting students to discuss issues in aquacultu

With the human population growing at a steep incline, scientists are putting energy towards developing new ways of maximizing food production for this increasing population. University of Massachusetts Professor and Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy Krish Thaigarajan Sharman presented this issue to the iCons Fall Workshop on October 29th, 2018, focusing on the future of aquaculture and its impact on food and energy sources. And despite the large scale and complexity of these issues, the UMass students provided innovative solutions.

Fresh Voice Enhances Multidisciplinary Teaching

Christiane Healey, UMass Biology, Mahoney iCons Teaching Award Recipient

Christiane Healey, biology, is the first recipient of the newly established Mahoney Teaching Award for the UMass iCons Program, made possible by a gift from the Mahoney family. The award brings in new faculty members who haven’t yet taught in the iCons Program, relying on student nominations to bring great candidates forward.   Read More

iCons Faculty Selected as 2018-19 Sustainability Curriculum Fellow

Jared Starr

UMass iCons Faculty, Jared Starr, was named a 2018-19 UMass Sustainability Curriculum Fellow.  Fellows will meet once a month during the academic year to share knowledge and learn about available resources on campus related to sustainability. They will offer feedback to each other on integrating sustainability into lesson plans.  Jared's primary interest in applying was to meet more faculty on campus that work on sustainability research in order to connect a  broader network of faculty collaborators to iCons 1 students working on case studies that align with faculty interests.

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Kurt Schultz receives inaugural Mahoney Alumni Award

Photo of Kurt Schultz receiving iCons Mahoney Alumni Award

"iCons will always be a way of life for me, and the iCons program will continue to inform my most important career decisions. I will forever see the world through the lens of an iCons student. I have high expectations for myself going forward, and I have high expectations for all those who graduate from the iCons program at UMass Amherst. May our combined efforts be for the benefit of all."  ---- Kurt Schultz

Eric Wuesthoff, iCons Junior, wins Goldwater Scholarship

photo of Eric Wuesthoff

iCons junior and NRC major, Eric Wuesthoff, has been selected as 1 of only 2 UMass Amherst undergraduates to win the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Please join us in congratulating him!

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iCons Alumna Fitzgerald focusing on genetic engineering and its potential in society

Lily Fitzgerald and her team - including Ken Oye, professor of public policy at MIT.

iCons graduate Lily Fitzgerald’s passion for science led her to pursue a field atypical for members of the scientific community: public policy.

Fitzgerald graduated University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 with an environmental science major and a biochemistry and molecular biology minor. She was also a member of the iCons Biomedicine and Biosystems track.

After graduating, Fitzgerald worked in biotechnology industry for three years, but her desire for enacting change through governmental policy never faded. From here, she applied and was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Masters’ Program for Technology and Policy.