On Monday, March 3rd, Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III visited UMass Amherst for a glimpse of the cutting-edge research and instruction taking place at the university. Who better to represent the face of innovative education on campus than iCons students?
Kennedy met with ten iCons students from the First Class, Second Wave, and Third Axis to learn about their research in the program, and to gain perspective on issues related to STEM in higher education through their experiences and concerns. The discussion covered a number of topics, including the expense of higher education, the hidden costs of being a science major, the unpredictable availability of funding in the sciences, and the role that programs like iCons could play in enriching science education at the secondary school level.
A member of Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council, Kennedy is responsible for helping find ways to improve STEM education across the Commonwealth. No doubt the iCons students provided both insight, and inspiration.