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.
Four seniors were nominated to give 10 minute talks on their research: Alyssa McQuillan, Ari Gilman, Andrew Grant, and Angela Essa. The students presented on a range of topics with a range of styles -- (CRISPR genetics, stream bugs, graphene dynamics, and anti-inflammatory foods and their link to breast cancer risk). The celebration continued at the Senior Celebration, where the iCons Prize was awarded to Founding Director Scott Auerbach and the inaugural C-N Award for iCons Student Leadership and Philanthropy was awarded to two rising seniors: Andrew Keezer and Phoebe Hannon! We wish our graduates good luck and can't wait to see what they accomplish next !