iCons senior, Kathryne (Kitty) Lovell ‘23, was recently selected as one of ten members of the Class of 2023 to be awarded the 21st Century Leader Award. This prestigious award recognizes graduating seniors at UMass Amherst who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, academic excellence, and a commitment to making a positive impact on their communities.
When asked why she joined the UMass iCons Program, Kitty said, “I joined iCons because I wanted to find a group of people who are interested in making the world a better place within their field of STEM.” Through her senior thesis work, Kitty is working towards this goal and helping to make the world of STEM education a more inviting and inclusive atmosphere.
Kitty is a Civil & Environmental Engineering student on the Renewable Energy track of iCons who is graduating in May 2023. Collaborating with fellow iCons student, Brady Bell, Kitty is working to build a stronger and more inclusive community in academic engineering settings. She has been holding events for UMass Engineering students to create a final portfolio project.
Their project has included events such as a non-hierarchical hike, a celebration of Hispanic heritage month, and a College of Engineering formal event. The Bell-Lovell research team also conducted a survey to be used as a baseline for future work. Kitty’s project will culminate with a website that contains a list of events, how they were organized, and reflections on why community is needed in engineering and how their research helps build community.