"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
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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