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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Psychology Major
Thinking Critically with Preschool Children
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Chemistry Major
Atmospheric Chemistry: Understanding Aerosol Particles and How They...
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Art Studio & East Asian Studies Major
Intercultural Learning in Argentina: a Developing Model of Teaching
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Anthropology Major
An Introduction to Herbal Medicine in Monteverde, Costa Rica
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Theatre Major
Digital Journalism: A Tool for Social Change
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Environmental Studies Major
Sustainable Farming at LIFE Monteverde
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English Major
Equestrian Living Magazine: from Intern to Contributing Writer
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Economics Major
The Walls That Surround Us: an NGO Experience in Cambodia
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History and Psychology and Education Major
Victim Witness Advocate for the DA of Suffolk County
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Costume Conservation at the Smithsonian
History Major
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Computer Science Major
US Fish & Wildlife IT Internship Provides Useful Perspective Between...
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Neuroscience Major
The Roller Coaster we Call Business
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Psychology Major
Expanding the Online Presence for an ASL School
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International Relations Major
Promoting Democracy: My Summer in Washington DC


International Relations
Morena Svaldi
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Psychology and Education Major
What Did You Do This Summer?: Preparing for Summer Camp
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Biology Major
From South Hadley to South Africa: Connecting Veterinary Experiences...
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Economics Major
Real Impacts of Theoretical Statutes: Econometric Analysis of the Law


Psychology & Education
William Davis
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Psychology and Education Major
Social-Emotional Learning: Research in the Classroom
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Computer Science Major
A Leap from Classroom to Industry: a Summer as Mobile Feature...
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Psychology Major
The Beauty in the Challenge of Education in Nicaragua

Sarah Adelman

Associate Professor of Economics
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Shanzeh Agrawala

Computer Science Major
Navigating the Network: a Summer of Growth
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Tess Ahlers

Biology Major
How Host Age Affects Susceptibility to Parasitic Infections
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Kat Aiello

Computer Science Major and Nexus in Data Science
Growing the World's Largest Social Network
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Nada Al-Thawr

Computer Science and International Relations Major
Impact Beyond Ourselves
avatar for Karen  Alcantar

Karen Alcantar

Sociology Major
Why User Experience Matters

Rachel Alldis

Mount Holyoke College
Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life
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Jamesa Allen

Sociology Major
Cultures Converge in the Classroom
avatar for Sarah Angela N. Almaden

Sarah Angela N. Almaden

Psychology Major
Smiles from Thousands of Miles
avatar for Edith  Amoafoa-Smart

Edith Amoafoa-Smart

French and International Relations Major
A Summer at the UN: Lessons in Diplomacy & International Policy...
avatar for Rhema Ewurama Andah

Rhema Ewurama Andah

International Relations Major
The Space Where the Ghanaian Courts Meets Development
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Sarah Andoh

Chemistry Major
Physical Chemistry on a Small Scale: Characterizing Iron Oxide...

Jason Andras

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
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Nicole De Araujo

Architecture Major
Design to Construction: Combining the Two Worlds of Architecture
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Fatema Ali Asghar

International Relations Major
The Intersectionality of Foreign Languages and Education
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Nadia Babar

Philosophy and Politics Major
Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Fast-Track to Becoming a Lawyer

Lisa Ballesteros

Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Claire Beckett

French and Politics Major
Challenges of an Ethical Life: Research in Global Labor Practices and...
avatar for Kelly  Bentdahl

Kelly Bentdahl

Philosophy Major
“I’m an Educator Not a Litigator:” Balancing Enforcement and...

(1) Maddy Berkowitz-Cerasano

Neuroscience & Behavior
Jared Schwartzer

(3) Sadikshya Bhattarai

International Relations
Andy Reiter

Robin Blaetz

Mount Holyoke College
Chair of Film Studies; Professor of Film Studies
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Emily Blomquist

Russian and Eurasian Studies Major
Nesting into Russian History: the Connection between History and Art...
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Kaitlin Boheim

Psychology Major
Your Mind on Art: Applying Psychology in a Museum Context
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Lucy Bolognese

Psychology Major
The Seuss Perspective: Can Horses Synch to a Beat? I Don't Know, It's...

(2) Abena Bosompem

Sociology & Anthropology
Patricia Banks

(4) Alison Branitsky

Psychology & Education
Gail Hornstein
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Kaitlin Braz

Psychology and Education Major
Autism and Social Experiences: Embracing Challenges and Celebrating...
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Mara Breen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
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Alexandra Brennan

Ancient Studies and Religion Major
The Future of the Past

Patricia Brennan

Mount Holyoke College
Visiting Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Todd Brewster

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English
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Lisa Burns

History Major
School Photos: Another Tool for Genealogy Research
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Kyley Butler

History Major
Creating Narratives: Learning to Communicate History Effectively
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Sarah Byrne

Psychology Major
avatar for Lorena Cacho

Lorena Cacho

International Relations Major
Shaping Your Future: Life within an International Organization
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Katie Carlson

English Major
Seven Months to Launch: One Senior’s Career and Community Epiphany
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Abigail Carroll

Astronomy and Theatre Major
All the World's a Stage
avatar for Didjana Celkupa

Didjana Celkupa

Neuroscience Major
Clinical Research in Cardiology: It's More than Just a Wet Lab
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CiCi Chen

Computer Science Major
Belielf in Yourself Is Always the Key: How Do You Find Yourself...

Wei Chen

Marilyn Dawson Sarles, M.D. Professor of Life Sciences and Professor...
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Wendy Chen

Five College Film and Sociology Major
Stories of Youth Leadership: Writing for Global Development and...
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Xuefei Chen

Computer Science and Psychology Major
I Am Not Just Another Intern: Differentiating Myself at Morgan Stanley

(1) Stella Chepkwony

Art History and Architectural Studies
Michael Davis
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Diana Choi

Biology Major
A Call for Animal Lovers: Internship at House Call Veterinary Services
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Veneta Cholakova

Computer Science and Mathematics Major
A Woman in Game Development
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Tim Chumley

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
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Caroline Clowers

English Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
The Non-Profit Network: How Organizations Adapt to Meet Community...
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James Collings

History Major and Nexus in Public History, Museums, Archives
Why Coins Give Me Nightmares
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Emily M. Conley

Environmental Studies Major
Diversifying Community Programs in a Brooklyn Church with a Radical...

(1) Maddie Cook

Elizabeth Markovits

(3) Shannon Cook

Biological Studies
Renae Brodie
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Amalia Correia

Striving for a More Equitable, Quality Early Education and Care...
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Melissa Curran

Environmental Advocacy in the National Parks
Environmental Studies Major
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Hoai Thu Dang

Economics Major
A Summer as Development Intern at Frances Perkins Center
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Linh Dang

Computer Science & Math Major
Are You Ready to Work for a Tech Giant Like Facebook?

Michael Davis

Mount Holyoke College
Professor of Art History

William Davis

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

Christine DeLucia

Assistant Professor of History
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Ariel Fry Demetria

Data Entries from the African Diaspora
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Anne Demosthene

Computer Science Major
The Wellness Design: Building a Holistic Foundation
avatar for Rachel Dennis

Rachel Dennis

Connecting Argentina to the World: Lessons on Navigating the...
avatar for Madeline  Derentz

Madeline Derentz

Psychology Major
Sharing is Caring: Do Children Follow the Golden Rule?
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Risha Dewan

Economics and Politics Major
Watching People Watch You: Working in the Digital Marketing Industry

(1) Ellie Dolan

Film Studies
Robin Blaetz

(2) Emma Dolan

Sociology & Anthropology
Lynn Morgan
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Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Dean of Studies;...
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Allegra Dufresne

Critical Social Thought Major
Whose Job is it Anyway?: Making the Best Out of Unexpected Situations
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Christina Elder

Neuroscience Major
Addictive Behaviors: Where Do They Stem from?

Allison Elliott

Gender Studies and Politics Major
Archival Processes
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Stella Elwood

Biology Major
Dog Wrangler Extraordinaire: My Summer as a Veterinary Intern
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Iliana Enriquez

Psychology and Education Major
Empowering and Mentoring the Youth Today to Lead Tomorrow
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Sandi-Lynn Eshun

Africana Studies and Psychology Major
More Than a Counselor: a Mentor and Teacher to the Underprivileged...
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Claudia Espinosa

Romance Languages Major
The Venetian Job: Can Productivity and Serenity Coexist?
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Key Estime

The RYSE Program
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Kate Farmer

Chemistry Major
The Sun Rises Still: Using Policy Advocacy to Create Brighter Futures...

Timothy Farnham

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

(1) Deborah Fashole-Luke

Psychology & Education
Corey Flanders
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Rick Feldman

Mount Holyoke College
Lecturer in Economics; Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society;...
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Jessica Feng

Computer Science & Math Major
Conquering the Unknown: I Am Ready for More!
avatar for Hiwete Fetene

Hiwete Fetene

Computer Science Major
Mapping Your Way around the Code, and the Company
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Ariana Sarmiento Fielding

Art Studio Major
Tale of Twin Cities

Corey Flanders

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
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Maria Flanders

Psychology Major
Child Scientists Wanted: Lessons from Infant Cognition Research
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Kim Foreiter

Psychology and Education Major
Discovering My Inner Resiliant Italiana
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Violet Fortier

English Major
Leading the Way on the Path to Citizenship
avatar for Qianzhen  Fu

Qianzhen Fu

Art History Major
Navigating between External and Internal Communications

(2) Kirina Gair-Macmichael

Psychology & Education
Corey Flanders
avatar for Ledia  Gebremedhin

Ledia Gebremedhin

Biology Major
It’s a Rat Race!: Tracking and Studying Mating Patterns of Male and...
avatar for Ani Gelashvili

Ani Gelashvili

Math Major
A Problem Worth Solving: Summer on Wall Street

(4) Camille Gladieux

Sociology & Anthropology
Timothy Malacarne
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Amanda Gomez

Five College Film Studies and Spanish Major
Navigating the Freak Show

Maria Gomez

Elizabeth Page Greenawalt Professor of Chemistry
avatar for Elizabeth  Gottshall

Elizabeth Gottshall

Art Studio & Computer Science Major
Building an Entertainment Empire in New York City
avatar for Emily Graham

Emily Graham

Chemistry Major
Hydrogen-Bonded Polyaramid Brush Growth on Silica Surfaces
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Robin Graney

Neuroscience Major
Nightmares and Daydreams: A Thematic Investigation of Sleep Paralysis

Roberta Green

Five College Film Studies and Politics Major
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Daiana Griffith

Politics Major
Nonprofit Organizing: Advocating for Prisoners' Rights
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Amy Grillo

Mount holyoke College
Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education
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Niamh Gronningsater

Politics Major
From the Classroom to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City...
avatar for Virginia Guerra

Virginia Guerra

International Relations Major
Lost in Translation: Navigating through Cultural Norms
avatar for Xijie  Guo

Xijie Guo

Computer Science Major
Through Conducting a Research Internship in Germany: Challenges and...
avatar for Miralva  Gusmao

Miralva Gusmao

Psychology Major
Carrying Across
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Katie Gyenge

Psychology Major
Mixing Mount Holyoke Moxy with Princeton Psych: My Summer Experience...
avatar for Kate Hall

Kate Hall

Experiencing Positive Culture Shock while Working Abroad
Psychology Major
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Angela Hamati

Economics and Nexus in Non-Profits Major
Cultivating Curiosity for Education.
avatar for Claire  Han

Claire Han

Economics and Math Major
Global Tobacco Market: Applying Models from Neoclassical Economics...
avatar for Holly Hanson

Holly Hanson

Co-Chair of the Development Studies Nexus; Professor of History
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Sara Harda

Computer Science & Anthropology Major
Where Does Synergy Lie in the Product Development Process?

(2) Chloe Harkins

Film Studies
Robin Blaetz
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Sana Hasan

Psychology Major
Journalism In Pakistan: Cultural Reporting from Karachi

Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and...

KC Haydon

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

Jenna Hill

Gender Studies Major
Callaloo for the Community: Food Justice, Civic Engagement, and Youth...
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Trang Thu Hoang

Psychology Major, English Minor
Human Library Vietnam: Eradicating Social Prejudices through Open...

Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts
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Sally Hu

International Relations & Italian Major
The Art of Communication: Storytelling That Resonates Across Cultures
avatar for Xinyi  Hu

Xinyi Hu

History & Psychology Major
Bringing the Past to the Present: Archaeological Fieldwork in Idalion
avatar for Carmen Huang

Carmen Huang

Anthropology and East Asian Studies Major
Cultural Gems in a Magnetic Field
avatar for Haylea Hubacz

Haylea Hubacz

Statistics Major
Asking All the Right Questions: A Look at Institutional Research in...
avatar for Iman  Hussain

Iman Hussain

Spanish and Politics Major
Speaking Up for Yourself: The Importance of Having a Voice as an...
avatar for Romila  Hussaini

Romila Hussaini

Middle Eastern Studies Major
Securing Peace: Advocacy, Education, and Community Building
avatar for Sabrina Im

Sabrina Im

International Relations Major
English as Cultural Capital
avatar for Sarjana  Jaiswal

Sarjana Jaiswal

Economics and Nexus in Global Business Major
Trial and Error: Finding Your Calling Through Fearless Exploration

Sharon Juerong Jiang

Economics Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
Adapting Messages and Targeting Consumers: nHow Does Public Relations...
avatar for Haojie  Jiao

Haojie Jiao

Economics and Math Major
Never Stop Learning in Financial Sectors
avatar for Audrey St. John

Audrey St. John

Associate Professor of Computer Science
avatar for Alyssa  Jones

Alyssa Jones

English Major
At Home in a Foreign Country
avatar for Briyana Joseph

Briyana Joseph

Psychology and Sociology Major
By the Community, for the Community

Lysandra Joseph

International Relations Major
Social Service to Social Action: A Multifaceted Approach to...
avatar for Jennifer Kalbourji

Jennifer Kalbourji

Psychology and Education Major
A Collaborative Approach to School Administration: Incorporating...
avatar for Sara  Kamal

Sara Kamal

Economics and Statistics Major
The Human Rights Network in a Digital Age
avatar for Khadija El Karfi

Khadija El Karfi

My Summer in Washington D.C
International Relations and French Major
avatar for Radhika  Kashyap

Radhika Kashyap

History & Geography Major
Garden In The Sky
avatar for Adrianna  Ke

Adrianna Ke

Economics Major
The Subtle Art of Communication

Girma Kebbede

Professor of Geography
avatar for Samantha  Kell

Samantha Kell

Politics Major
Relearning the Past
avatar for Javeria Kella

Javeria Kella

International Relations & Geography Major
Beyond Textbook Theories: Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Liberia
avatar for Trisha Kelly

Trisha Kelly

Five College Film Studies Major
Agent, Editor, Author: Planning for a Future in Publishing
avatar for Jasmine  Keuter

Jasmine Keuter

Five College Film Studies and Romance Languages Major
Visual Media and Translation in France's Fashion and Art Scene
avatar for Tracy Keya

Tracy Keya

Computer Science Major
The intersectionality of Roles: Product Manager and Software Engineer
avatar for Najwa El Khamlichi

Najwa El Khamlichi

Computer Science Major
Modernizing a $3.2 Trillion Dinosaur
avatar for Eisha Khan

Eisha Khan

Math Major
Venturing into the World of Social Entrepreneurship
avatar for Shruti Khullar

Shruti Khullar

Economics Major
Importance of a Liberal Arts Education in Big Business
avatar for Rebecca  Kim

Rebecca Kim

Computer Science Major
Owning the Experience: Making the best out of your internship

Jeremy King

Professor of History
avatar for Elyssa Kiva

Elyssa Kiva

Statistics Major
The Data Behind Biosurveillance
avatar for Leila  Kouakou

Leila Kouakou

Environmental Studies Major
Go With the Flow: Education and Research on the Connecticut River...
avatar for Mollie Kowalchik

Mollie Kowalchik

Special Major
A Beacon of my Future: Life as a Physical Therapist
avatar for Shion Kubota

Shion Kubota

Computer Science & Physics Major
Click of Physics
avatar for Shay  Lahon

Shay Lahon

Biology Major
Youth FX Behind the Scenes: The True, Hidden Powers Behind...

Riva Lam

Find All The Ones That Make the Machine Go!
avatar for Schuyler Lamb

Schuyler Lamb

Art History Major
Advocacy for Low-Income LGBTQ and HIV+ New Yorkers
avatar for Juliana  LaMendola

Juliana LaMendola

Anthropology Major
Advocacy: Refugee Resettlement
avatar for Kannah Landford

Kannah Landford

Economics Major and Nexus in Global Business
When Life Gives You Lemons Make It Count
avatar for Kirk Lange

Kirk Lange

Mount Holyoke College
Associate Director, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and...
avatar for Ariya Lawson

Ariya Lawson

Psychology and Education Major
New Perspectives on a Flawed System
avatar for Tina  Le

Tina Le

Biology Major
The Industrial Side: My Summer Internship Experience at Ball...

(1) Miranda Lee

Biological Studies
Jason Andras

(4) Elisabeth Lee

Desmond Fitz-Gibbon
avatar for Jenny  Lee

Jenny Lee

Computer Science & Math Major
Virtual Reality is Real

Barbara Lerner

Associate Professor of Computer Science

(3) Muyuan Li

German Studies
Karen Remmler
avatar for Molly Libbey

Molly Libbey

History Major
Increasing Accessibility and Incentivizing Engagement:...
avatar for Liz Lierman

Liz Lierman

Mount Holyoke College
Executive Director, Career Development Center
avatar for Sabah Majid Lotia

Sabah Majid Lotia

Economics Major
Health and Economics: a New Approach to Health Policy
avatar for Emma  Lynch

Emma Lynch

Biology Major
Coral Damage Due to Human-Driven Factors on the Island of Koh Lipe,...
avatar for Sally  Ma

Sally Ma

International Relations & East Asian Studies Major
Navigating Challenges: Unfamiliar Workplace and Sensitivity of...
avatar for Marianna  Maddock

Marianna Maddock

Economics Major and Nexus in Global Business
When in Rome...
avatar for Riley  Maddox

Riley Maddox

Psychology Major
Blazing New Trails: A Novel Approach to Eldercare

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