Explore iCons Student Research in our Spring Semester Finale Events!

The iCons Program is proud to invite the campus community to see the results of the unparalleled training our students receive in problem solving, interdisciplinary teamwork and communication during two semester finale events:

The First Annual iCons Senior Research Exposition and The iCons 1 and iCons 2 Combined Final!

During the iCons Senior Research Expo on Saturday, May 3rd, the "First Class" of iCons will present their iCons 4 thesis projects, for which they carried out authentic scientific research in UMass Amherst faculty laboratories, addressing issues ranging from drug-resistance in cancer to Colony Collapse Disorder.

All 29 iCons 4 students will present their work during a poster session in the ISB Atrium from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Then the four recipients of the iCons Honorary Research Lectureship Award will deliver oral presentations on their work in the ISB Auditorium from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

In the iCons 1 and iCons 2 Combined Final on Tuesday, May 6th, freshman and sophomores will share the results of their team research projects during a poster session from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the ISB Atrium - with refreshments! Then from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, select teams from the iCons 2 Renewable Energy class will debate their proposals for the Sustainable UMass Innovation Fund, where the ultimate prize could be the implementation of the winning proposal on campus.

Please join us for these special events showcasing our students' accomplishments!

New internship opportunity for iCons students to work with a pioneer of therapeutic polymers!


The iCons Program is thrilled to announce a tremendous opportunity for students interested in immunology, sports medicine, and bone science: Anika Therapeutics is looking for an outstanding iCons scholar to take part in its summer internship program in Bedford, Mass. That could be you!

The Application

Passionate students at all grade levels are encouraged to apply. Please prepare a resume and a one-page personal statement addressing:

Your qualifications: What makes you a good candidate for an internship with Anika? Hint: Start by reading a little bit more about the company. Describe the unique training you have received in the iCons program, as well as any relevant personal, professional or academic experiences, including how the company's research aligns with your major studies.

Your career goals: How will this internship help you achieve your career goals? For example, if your ambition is to work at Anika, let them know!

Please submit your application materials to icons@cns.umass.edu by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 15th.

New opportunity for iCons students to get involved in STEM outreach through paid summer internship

If your passion for science inspires you to change the world, start by making a difference closer to home.

UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning has invited the iCons Program to nominate two students as Campus/Community Student Liaisons to help build a stronger connection between iCons and one of our community partners: The Eureka! Program run by Girls, Inc. of Holyoke, MA.

What’s “Eureka!”? Not only an exclamation of discovery, Eureka! is a summer program that provides an opportunity for girls from underserved communities to make discoveries. By coming to campus during the summer to work on STEM projects with UMass faculty, participants develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the sciences.

What's a "Campus/Community Student Liaison"? By serving as a link between iCons and Eureka!, the student liaisons will foster outreach that helps address a persistent problem in the sciences: gender, racial, and class disparity. Working with staff from Eureka!, iCons students will serve as role models for girls from Holyoke and Springfield, in hopes of inspiring them to pursue educations and careers in STEM fields. Who knows? They could be future iCons!

Internship Details

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