Two iCons students awarded 2015 Goldwater Scholarships

The iCons Program is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, two of its students have been awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Samantha Giffen and Katharine Greco, both members of the program's "Third Axis" cohort, are among the 2015 recipients of the award, which was established to support outstanding science, mathematics and engineering students who intend to pursue careers in research.

Giffen, a junior in the iCons Biomedicine concentration and a double major in Public Health and Microbiology, aspires to earn a PhD in Infectious Disease, and to conduct research in bacterial pathogenesis that can contribute solutions to stem global disease outbreaks.

Greco, a junior in the iCons Renewable Energy concentration and a Chemical Engineering major, aspires to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and to contribute to the development of renewable energy technologies.

Two iCons students won Goldwater Scholarships in 2014 as well. Microbiology major Alyson Warr and Chemistry major Stefan (Marco) Eres, members of the program's "Second Wave" cohort.

Explore the work of the iCons Second Wave through digital “Student Showcase”

iCons Second Wave Student Showcase

Detecting bacteria in drinking water, designing cheaper solar cells, protecting vulnerable coastlines from the impacts of climate change - just a few of the real-world challenges that students in the iCons Program's second cohort “The Second Wave” are tackling in their iCons 4 thesis projects.

But in addition to independent lab-based research projects, iCons 4 students must also take on an enduring challenge shared among all scientific disciplines: Communicating about research to non-technical audiences.

iCons featured as top American "Signature" science program during Centennial meeting of the AAC&U

LEAP Challenge

According to the leading advocacy organization for undergraduate liberal education in the nation, the iCons Program is helping to set a new standard for quality learning in higher education by empowering students to engage with the "unscripted" problems they will face in the real world.

In a new report released by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), iCons tops a list of examples of undergraduate programs that give students opportunities to take the lead in complex problem-based learning.

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