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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
Language Spaces

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We explored the different languages of math, nature, humanity, and tinkering. These fascinating experiences encompassed the beauty of fluency, hidden messages, innovation, and the origination of new thought. At the Exploratorium, we engaged in tinkering research and development. In Vietnam, we heard voices of citizens through translation. At New York Parks and Recreation, we listened to nature and sought solutions for climate resiliency. In Alabama, we spoke in numbers, theorems, and patterns. During our internships, we faced language barriers in encountering new vocabulary, forming accurate responses, and engaging with unfamiliar materials. Through support from colleagues, we developed novel skills and adapted to our workplace environment. We completed our internships with a newfound sense of confidence and with a community of languages. This panel will investigate strategies for environmental sustainability, proofs and counterexamples of patterns, ways that language permeates culture, and facilitation of equitable tinkering education.

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Amy Grillo

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mount holyoke College

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Miralva Gusmao

Carrying Across, Psychology Major
My internship consisted of editing previously-translated texts from Vietnamese to English. These texts ranged from articles about ancient citadels and old craftsmanship to current, political or travel articles. Each file represented a slice of Vietnamese history and culture and gave... Read More →
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Radhika Kashyap

Garden In The Sky, History & Geography Major
This summer I interned at the New York City Parks and Recreation Department for the sustainable facilities division. I researched various emerging technologies that the organization wanted to pilot. I also assisted with grant writing justifications, which helped fund the New York... Read More →
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Maria-Luiza Taskova

Math - the Language of Patterns, Computer Science & Math Major
This summer I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University, Alabama. The team gathered every day with our advisors to discuss open problems. We studied together and taught each other; we talked about ideas... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Carr 102