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.
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.
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
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.