The sophisticated work undertaken by students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Programs’s “Fourth Dimension” is on view in the iCons Student Showcase, a video gallery of student research.
Launched in 2010, iCons teaches undergraduate researchers a signature methodology of performing science and how to apply it to solve societal challenges.
Creating nanowires to improve memory storage in everyday devices, looking at the connection between diet and breast cancer risk and investigating the effects of climate change on aquatic insects – these are a few of the real-world challenges that students in the iCons Program's fourth cohort “The Fourth Dimension” are tackling in their iCons 4 research projects.
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.
During their final year in the program, every iCons student produces a concise video abstract to communicate about the impact of their work to a non-scientific audience.
Each student was tasked with presenting their project, in about two minutes, in terms of the overarching societal problem it addressed, the specific scientific problem it addressed, and the ultimate solution they hope it offers.
The students worked in small production teams with their peers to shoot and edit their videos using the resources in the Digital Media Laboratory in the W.E.B. Dubois Library.