News Highlights

UMass iCons Innovation Portal Highlights Student Research and Problem-Solving in A Digital Space

UMass iCons Innovation Portal

The UMass iCons Program, hosted by the College of Natural Sciences with students in science-intensive disciplines across the university, has launched the online UMass iCons Innovation Portal that provides a searchable database of student research presentations, and even allows users to suggest new research problems for students to solve. Since May, the portal has received over six dozen solutions to research questions on a range of topics from the effects of climate change on soil nutrition to the future of wound healing.

UMass iCons Hosts Summer Webinars

UMass iCons Summer Webinar 2020

Due to the challenge of not having students on campus for the Fall 2020 semester, UMass iCons held two summer webinars for first and second-year students in STEM-intensive majors to help recruit the next amazing cohort of iCons students.

iCons Program's Statement on Institutionalized Racism

iCons Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends,

I write to you today with deep sadness and with a renewed sense of urgency in the face of recent cases of extreme police brutality against Black communities. I am also deeply troubled by the militarized police responses to Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. While so many are lamenting the global pandemic and its resulting economic recession, many others are fighting an even uglier battle – one against institutionalized racism and cruelty. Given all this, I feel compelled to ask – what can we do today to make a difference?

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Why We Teach iCons

UMass iCons in session

This editorial by H. Holden Thorp captures why.  

Science Magazine article, "Drop the Chalk"

Decoupage and Pizza: What a combo!

iCons does Decoupage

Tuesday 3/21, iCons students proved there is no craft they can't tackle.  Check Decoupage off the list.  Students and faculty (Ally Hunter) gathered in ISB 145 armed with nothing more than scissors, craft paper, e6000 apoxy, mod podge, and some creativity.  Some beautiful work was created and some fun had.  At the end of the time, the pizza box was empty and many were peeling the glue off of their fingers with a look of accomplishment on their faces.  A small break from the stresses of academic life.  

Come join us next time if you can make it :)

Beyond the Classroom—iCons Fall Integrative Experiences

Ceramics Coffee Hour

The iCons Community joins together for many events outside the classroom.  Here are a few from last semester!