Media Coverage

Science program at UMass Amherst awarded $1.25M to expand

Published on: November 6, 2019
Source: 22 News

UMass Amherst iCons Program Poised to Transform STEM Education

“The iCons program has invented a revolutionary approach for teaching that fosters innovation, integration and impact,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This generous gift from the Mahoney family enables UMass to provide national leadership in this 21st century way of learning.”

Published on: November 6, 2019
Source: UMass News & Media Relations

Expanding the Cure Model: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience

This document is the report that grew out of the topics discussed at the December 2016 RCSA meeting.  iCons is mentioned in Chapter 4 (which iCons instructor Mark Tuominen helped to write). Most CURE type courses do involve research, but most often it is the professor selecting research problems for the students to work on. iCons is unique in that it cultivates the skill in students to scan the real-world for interesting research opportunities and engage in research on a problem that they have selected. 

Published on: June 20, 2018
Source: Research Corporation for Science Advancement

‘Student Showcase’ Videos Explain iCons Students’ Research

Looking at the effect of urbanization on the reproductive success of birds, improving breast cancer risk assessment, and cooling solar panels to increase efficiency – these are just a few of the real-world challenges that students are tackling.

Published on: April 26, 2018
Source: Inside UMass

Seniors Hannon and Keezer win new Crowley-Nowick Award for iCons Student Philanthropy and Leadership

“Community is such a vital part of the iCons program,” said Dr. Crowley-Nowick, founder and president of Zipher Medical Affairs. “I created this award to recognize students who are leaders among their peers and can inspire a culture of philanthropy and community in their class.”  

Published on: August 16, 2017
Source: College of Natural Sciences Newsletter

Passing the scientific torch: Five Colleges researchers share love of profession

A feature story about students from the Amherst Regional Middle Schools science club, which is modeled on UMass Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in Science program, notes that the students were assisted and encouraged in their project Dhandapani Venkataraman, chemistry. He says he was encouraged to be a scientist by one of his teachers when he was in middle school in India. 

Published on: August 5, 2017
Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette

ARMS club encourages young scientists to tackle practical problems

The science project was one of three that students here are conducting as part of a science club modeled on UMass Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in Science program, in which students use a multidisciplinary approach to solve real-world problems.

Published on: May 21, 2017
Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette

iCons Students’ Senior Research on View in ‘Student Showcase’ Videos

Published on: March 28, 2017
Source: Inside UMass

Justin Fermann Named iCons Program Director

Published on: June 29, 2016
Source: Inside UMass

Auerbach Awarded Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Published on: May 24, 2016
Source: Inside UMass

UMass Amherst students send Zika virus research to assist CDC

Published on: April 5, 2016
Source: Western Mass News

UMass helps with outbreak of Zika virus

Published on: April 4, 2016
Source: The Greenfield Recorder

Auerbach: Which college to attend? Remember: The choice is yours, not theirs

Published on: April 1, 2016
Source: The Metro West Daily News