My name is Lauren Carey, I’m a sophomore Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major and I received the Crowley-Nowick Scholarship last spring. Becoming an iCons student has been the most notable experience I have had in college. As an iCons student, I have had unique opportunities to collaborate with students of different backgrounds on project topics including Colony Collapse Disorder, Malaria & Antimicrobial Resistance, and lead levels in local drinking water. I have been able to to spend time in laboratory settings on campus using real experimental devices while doing self-driven work. Here at UMass, I have enrolled in many challenging courses related to engineering and the natural sciences. But what has truly proved to me that I can lead a bright and meaningful career in science is my experiences in the iCons program.