News Highlights

Saving Space for Students

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Lena Fletcher’s first-day teaching in the iCons Program made her feel right at home.

Satisfied Customer of Higher-Education: A Parent’s Story of the UMass iCons Program

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When Joanne Cleary’s son, Liam, decided to attend UMass Amherst in 2016, his parents were thrilled. Joanne and her husband both attended UMass Amherst as undergraduates and they feel great affection for their alma mater. However, they worried that their son may struggle to develop a sense of belonging in the large institution that they remembered.

Teaching by Learning Something New Every Day

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Shubha Tewari enjoys a good challenge, especially if that challenge means that she gets to learn something new. So when she was first asked to teach in the iCons Program at UMass Amherst, she was highly intrigued.

Peg Crowley-Nowick `86 – A Pioneer in the Business of Science

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Dr. Peg Crowley-Nowick ‘86 often finds herself running from one meeting to another, as busy as anyone except that her business involves being both a scientist on the one hand and running a medical affairs company on the other.

9th Annual iCons Senior Expo Features Research Finding From Largest Graduating Class

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On Thursday, May 5, the UMass Integrated Concentration in STEM (iCons) Program gathered together their largest graduating class at the 9th Annual iCons Senior Exposition. The graduating cohort, known as the “9th Bit,” is the largest group yet to complete the rigorous four-year certificate program, with 36 students graduating the program in 2022.

A Legacy of Sustainability Research

Sbalbi and Tay | A Legacy of Sustainability Research

Amidst the fleeting bodies going in and out of Post and Bean Cafe, you may notice two students sitting at a table. A usual sight, sure. Their locked-in gaze to the computer screen is an experience many students that have passed through the University of Massachusetts Amherst have shared. But, it is what lies behind those two students’ screens that sets them apart.

Impact Nano Partners with iCons to Bolster Western Mass Economy

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Several students from UMass Amherst will engage in summer internships with Impact Nano, a new high-tech company in the Pioneer Valley. Impact Nano has partnered with the UMass iCons Program to provide development opportunities for promising undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through summer internships and part-time work throughout the year.

Sarah Kaunfer Receives 21st Century Leader Award

Sarah Kaunfer | 21st Century Leader Award

There is a particular energy behind some researchers that is hard to describe. It is most prominently felt in the way that they speak. When someone sits down with them and they are able to intricately describe their area of study without over-complicating it or getting lost in their own words, it becomes infectious to want to learn more.

Sarah Kaunfer, the winner of a UMass Amherst 21st Century Leader Award, is one of those researchers.

iCons Announces New Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Leadership and Philanthropy

2023 Crowley-Nowick Scholars

We are happy to announce the 2022 recipients of the Crowley-Nowick Award: Kathryn “Kitty” Lovell ’23 (Civil Engineering) and Ravid Inbar ’23 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Psychology).

Emily Leonard, iCons Senior, Receives UMass Rising Researcher Award

Emily Leonard | Rising Researcher

We are thrilled to share that iCons senior, Emily Leonard ‘22 (Biomedicine/Biosystems track) has been chosen as a Spring 2022 UMass Rising Researcher.