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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 • 3:45pm - 4:40pm
When There is More to Tech than Software

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Each of us explored different dimensions of the technology industry, ranging from a social media hub (Facebook) to a tech giant (Google), a networking industry (Juniper Networks), and healthcare (Oscar Health). Over the summer, we developed professional and technical skills. We were able to navigate a male-dominated industry as international women of color. In particular, we found that our liberal arts education aided in making us more independent and outspoken. As a result, we emerged as better computer scientists, communicators and thinkers.


Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts

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Shanzeh Agrawala

Navigating the Network: a Summer of Growth, Computer Science Major
Technology surrounds us. It is an inevitable part of our lives. But the technological world is multi-dimensional, ever-changing and, in truth, very interdisciplinary. This summer I was exposed to a part of computer science I had no prior experience with: networking. Working with Juniper... Read More →
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Linh Dang

Are You Ready to Work for a Tech Giant Like Facebook?, Computer Science & Math Major
I spent the summer developing features of Facebook Live on Android devices. I expanded to the new Live UI the feature of setting posts’ privacy to fixed “Public” privacy, adding audience restrictions to target live videos to certain ages, genders, languages or locations of viewers... Read More →
avatar for Najwa El Khamlichi

Najwa El Khamlichi

Modernizing a $3.2 Trillion Dinosaur, Computer Science Major
The Affordable Care Act bill, also known as Obamacare, has created the opportunity for 50 million americans to buy health insurance in the exchanges for the first time. This tiny bill has allowed the birth of a new type of health insurance that is member centered. I will be talking... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
Cleveland L3