The Integrated Concentration in STEM (iCons) Program alters expectations about what undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business are capable of achieving.

UMass Amherst iCons brings the real world into the classroom with two goals in mind: preparing undergraduates for success after graduation and equipping them to change the world for the better. To do this, iCons asks students to tackle problems that have defied solution by even the world’s foremost experts.

“To most students, pinning one’s grade on solving a grand challenge would be terrifying,” points out Scott Auerbach, chemistry professor and Mahoney Family sponsored executive director of the iCons program. iCons’ methodology is designed to convert this learning environment from terrifying to fun through a unique blend of team-based learning, student-driven learning, and reflective learning.

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