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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 • 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Environmental Research, Restoration, and Rehabilitation

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As we learn more about the environment and our impact on it through our studies, we find it crucial to apply those concepts to the field and broaden our idea of what a classroom can be. While we range in our interests, we share the common goal of protecting and restoring the environment. Our individual internships include wildlife rehabilitation of birds in Eastern Oregon, aquatic vegetation study in Connecticut, coral research in Thailand, and wetland restoration research in New England. Though our experiences were varied, we can all agree that it is important to not only do research to understand the challenges our environment is facing, but to develop and implement a plan to address these challenges in the future.


Jason Andras

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

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Emma Lynch

Coral Damage Due to Human-Driven Factors on the Island of Koh Lipe, Thailand, Biology Major
Through the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) in Thailand, I completed an independent research project on coral reefs and the effects that tourism has on them. In the first week, out of six, I engaged in an intensive Thai language course. For four weeks... Read More →
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Haley Rivers

That Which Lurks Beneath: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, Environmental Studies Major
For nearly two months, I spent close to twenty hours a week canoeing through scenic coves, following the directions of a Garmin GPS to close to 1,500 sampling points predetermined using GIS technology. I was in Lyme, Connecticut continuing a twenty-year-old study on the composition... Read More →

Marge Seguin

Researching Restoration and Researching Research: What My Summer Internship Taught Me, Environmental Studies and Philosophy Major
Understanding the impacts of wetland restoration is an important part of informing this practice. In order to figure out which methods will best improve the ecosystem functions of wetlands, different restoration efforts need to be examined. This summer I helped contribute to this... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Cleveland L1