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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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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
The Many Faces of Conservation

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With today’s climate, both political and environmental, it’s positive to hear about projects actively invested in addressing the effects of humanity on the environment. In our presentation, we’d like to talk to you about some of these restoration and conservation projects. Conservation is a term that is usually used to lump together everything that involves helping the environment, but not many people take the time to consider the different facets of conservation science. Exploring both laboratory research and hands on field work, we assisted with projects focusing on ocean acidification, nesting seabird population monitoring, river restoration, and invasive plant species control. Humanity is the cause of all these changes, but we are also the only hope for fixing them. Together, we will discover the many faces of conservation.

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Alan Werner

Professor of Geology

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Shevonne O'Connor

Tropical Coral and Coralline Algae Conservation, Biology Major
With the help of Lynk funding, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute station in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While I was there, I worked with post-doc Maggie Johnson on her ocean acidification projects, doing research in the... Read More →
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Ashley Sanchez

Out with the New, in with the Old, Neuroscience Major
Living in South Florida, I am aware of our claim to fame: beaches and palm trees. Every vacation poster advertises these beautiful trees, enticing many to come visit the tropical paradise. Did you know, though, that there is such thing as a Florida Pine? These native Floridians used... Read More →

Julia Seiple

Life on the Elwha, Environmental Studies Major
Thanks to my Lynk funding, I was able to intern with the National Park Service, specifically on the Elwha Revegetation Project in the Olympic National Park. During my time there I was mentored by a Mount Holyoke Alum named Laurel Moulton. One of the main goals of the project was... Read More →
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Fern Stidham

Shoring up Seabirds in Buzzards Bay, Environmental Studies Major
This summer I worked for MassWildlife on a long term study of Tern nesting colonies in Buzzards Bay, MA. I spent several months getting day-to-day hands-on field experience while working in a variety of settings with multiple species. This winter, one of our islands was built up with... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
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