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