New video tells the story of iCons interns at Waters Corporation

iCons students Marco Eres (Second Wave) and Cindy Hession (First Class) star in a new video highlighting the partnership between iCons and Waters Corporation in Milford, Mass., where the students were pioneers this summer in an internship opportunity that allowed them to use their iCons training to address real world problems for the company.

Waters is a member of the iCons Program's Industry Alliance - helping to develop strong ties with companies looking for the next generation of leaders in science and technology.

iCons welcomes the "The Fifth Element"!

iCons Fifth Cohort

On Saturday, December 6th, the iCons Program officially welcomed the students of the fifth cohort - "The Fifth Element" - during the program's annual induction event.

The morning began with an introduction from iCons Program Director Professor Scott Auerbach, who welcomed the new cohort, as well as a groups of students visiting from the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., which runs its own version of the iCons Program. Other special guests included Dr. Susan Whitbourne from the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, Director of Student Success and Diversity for the College of Natural Sciences Charlana Simmons, and the College of Natural Sciences' Dean Steve Goodwin.

A dozen current iCons scholars also attended to help welcome new students, and join them on teams as they selected the focal topic for their first iCons 1 case study of Spring 2015, led by iCons 1 instructors Professor Justin Fermann (Chemistry) and PhD student Jared Starr (Environmental Conservation). iCons 1 co-instructor Professor Shubha Tewari (Physics) joined the orientation from India via Skype for part of the program.

iCons Students Leave their Mark on Governor-Elect Charlie Baker

Hannah French gives iCons pin to Charlie Baker

More than a dozen iCons scholars met with Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker during his visit to UMass Amherst on Wednesday, December 3rd. Representing the best and brightest of STEM at the university, the iCons students had the opportunity to describe the scientific and societal impacts of the research projects they are undertaking in faculty laboratories, and to connect their work to real issues in the state and beyond.

In addition to sharing her research, iCons 4 student Hannah French (Environmental Science) gave Governor-elect Baker a token to remember the iCons Program by: two handmade iCons buttons - one for Baker, and one for him to give President Barack Obama in their meeting on Friday, December 5th.

The Governor Elect later forwarded photographic proof that the iCons buttons at least accompanied him to his meeting with the President.

Additional media coverage of the event:

UMass News Office (video) - Gov-Elect Charlie Baker Visits UMass

UMass News Office (slide show) - Gov-Elect Charlie Baker Visits

Hampshire Gazette - Gov-Elect Charlie Baker Encounters Recipient of his own Scholarship During Visit to UMass

MassLive - Gov-Elect Charlie Baker Visits

Boston Globe - Memory of Grandfather Inspires Baker UMass Scholarship

CBS Springfield (video) - Gov-Elect Baker Visits UMass Campus

WWLP News (video) - Gov-Elect Charlie Baker Visits UMass Amherst

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