Explore iCons student research in three grand finales for our Spring courses!

Deborah Lee, iCons First Class

The iCons Program is proud to invite the campus community to a series of final events that showcase the interdisciplinary problem solving, original research, and sophisticated communication training our students have undertaken in their iCons courses this semester. Please join us for these special events showcasing the future leaders in science and technology!

Friday, May 1st, 3:30 to 5:30:
The iCons 4 Senior Research Expo (ISB Atrium / 135)

Tuesday, May 5th, 10:30 to 12:30:
The iCons 3 Genomics/Energy Innovation Labs Poster Session (ILC S120)

Wednesday, May 6th, 6:00 to 8:00:
The iCons 1 and 2 Poster Session & Annual Energy Debate (ISB Atrium / 135)

The iCons Senior Research Expo

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 2nd cohort “The Second Wave” tackled in their iCons 4 thesis projects. On Friday, May 1st, come see a showcase of the original research the students undertook this year in UMass faculty laboratories during the Second Annual iCons Senior Research Expo

From 3:30 to 4:30, All of the iCons seniors will present their research during a poster session from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the atrium of the Integrated Sciences Building. Then the four recipients of the iCons Honorary Research Lectureship Award will deliver oral presentations on their work in the ISB Auditorium from 4:30 to 5:30.

Nominated for this honor by their iCons research advisors, students Margaret Chen, Stefan Marco Eres, Joanne Johnson, and Christopher Smith will present on the following topics:

  • "Improving Sleep-Related Interventions Targeting Maladaptive Memories", Margaret Chen (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
  • "High-Efficiency Organic Photovoltaics through Structural Control of Perylene Diimide Nanoparticles", Stefan Marco Eres (Chemistry)
  • "Acheron-Regulated Survival of the Ptilinal Muscle in Drosophila melanogaster", Joanne Johnson (Biology)
  • "Investigating the Longitudinal Extent of Thermal Alteration Downstream of Impoundments Research", Christopher Smith (Environmental Science)

The Senior Expo provides an opportunity to celebrate how much all of our students have accomplished over the course of the iCons program as they share their real contributions to addressing societal problem through scientific solutions. At the end of the presentations, the seniors will be presented official iCons certificates in recognition of their tremendous accomplishments over the course of the four-year program. Join us as we congratulate our second full cohort of iCons graduates!

The iCons 3 Genomics/Energy Lab Poster Session

On Tuesday, May 5th, learn about the original research findings of students in the iCons 3 Lab courses during an electronic poster session in the room S-120 in the new Integrative Learning Center.

From 10:30 to 12:30, teams of students from the iCons 3 Biomedicine - “Gene and Genome Analysis” - and iCons 3 Renewable Energy - “Lab Discovery in Renewable Energy” - will take turns presenting and answering questions about their research in 15-minute blocks.

The iCons 1 & 2 Poster Session & Annual Energy Debate

On Wednesday, May 6th, check out a poster session featuring double the research: iCons 1 students will share the results of their team research projects on [], and iCons 2 Biomedicine students will share the results of their []. As you peruse the posters from iCons 2, be sure to vote for your favorites in the following three categories:

Then head into the auditorium (ISB 135) to hear select teams from the iCons 2 Renewable Energy class debate their proposals for the Sustainable UMass Innovation Fund. During the Annual Public Energy Debate, the student teams will make their case on the following question:

Which proposal can best use the sustainability fund to create a quantifiably positive impact on campus sustainability within the next 5 years?

  • Aquaponics: More Efficient Agriculture
  • Green Gasoline: Biomass-to-Liquid Fuels
  • Green Power: Biomass-fired Power Plant
  • Solar Energy: Combined Heat and Power
  • Smart Trash: More Efficient Waste Management

For the winning team, the ultimate prize could be the implementation of their proposal on campus through the sustainability fund.

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.

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