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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.
Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Science, a Universal Language: Exploring Research Opportunities Globally and Locally

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Science is a universal language. From Switzerland to New Zealand and right at home in South Hadley, we conducted research in various laboratory programs. Through our unique experiences, we have explored new models for the universe with physics, studied mating behavior in rats, investigated drug addiction paradigms, and sought a possible drug therapy through nanoparticle formation mechanisms. Whether it was adapting to a new country or digging deeper into Mount Holyoke’s resources, we collectively faced challenges and strived to overcome them with confidence grounded in our Mount Holyoke foundation.


Joshua Qualls

Visiting Lecturer in Physics

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Sarah Andoh

Physical Chemistry on a Small Scale: Characterizing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Chemistry Major
As the field of nanotechnology grows, it proves a possible gateway to diverse applications ranging from targeted cancer drug therapy to micro data storage. More questions arise as to modifications of their synthesis on large and small scales, assembly, and crystal formation. This... Read More →
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Christina Elder

Addictive Behaviors: Where Do They Stem from?, Neuroscience Major
Currently, the number of people who suffer from a substance abuse problem is increasing throughout our world. Studying the effects of these drugs on our brain and behavior is a relevant and urgent area of research for our generation. After taking a class at Mount Holyoke that outlined... Read More →
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Ledia Gebremedhin

It’s a Rat Race!: Tracking and Studying Mating Patterns of Male and Female Rats, Biology Major
This summer I had remarkable opportunity to work as a research assistant in Professor Sarah Bacon's lab at Mount Holyoke College. My internship at experience has taught me more than I thought and helped me to expand new skills to add to my “biology tool kit”. My summer research... Read More →
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Shion Kubota

Click of Physics, Computer Science & Physics Major
There is beauty in how the existing pieces of knowledge of physics fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I had an opportunity to work at CERN in Switzerland as a visiting scientist and explore that beauty. At CERN, a crucial piece of the puzzle called the Higgs Boson finally filled a... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Cleveland L3