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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
Research in the Mind and Body: Interdisciplinary Psychological Perspectives

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Psychology encompasses many disciplines and spans a broad range of topics, including physiology, trauma, animal behavior, cognition and sleep. In our respective fields, we were brought into diverse environments – science museums, academic labs, and clinical settings – which enabled us to re-examine our expectations about psychological research. Our internships were particularly valuable in allowing us to apply our research to practical contexts. Be it investigating novel therapeutic interventions, destigmatizing anomalous experiences, or increasing the accessibility of science, our research forced us to branch beyond the ivory tower and work to ensure that our findings had real-life implications for the relevant communities. The collaborative relationships we built with our faculty supervisors and mentors helped us dive deeper into our experiences and reflect on our future goals, either through continuing with our research or pursuing new directions.

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Mara Breen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

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Lucy Bolognese

The Seuss Perspective: Can Horses Synch to a Beat? I Don't Know, It's Quite a Feat!, Psychology Major
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)” This line from Dr. Seuss’ "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" perfectly describes my summer as a research intern under Professor Mara Breen in the psychology department at Mount Holyoke College. In Professor... Read More →
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Robin Graney

Nightmares and Daydreams: A Thematic Investigation of Sleep Paralysis, Neuroscience Major
This past summer in Ireland, Robin assisted in data analysis in a study investigating common images and experiences in people’s most vivid episodes of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is caused when the brain remains in a REM state as the body wakes. This momentarily traps a person... Read More →
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Corrin Moss

Hands-on Psychology: Working and Learning in a Science Museum, Psychology and Spanish Major
This summer I did psycholinguistics research and educational outreach at a science museum (COSI) through the Ohio State University. I developed research, personal, and professional skills, and now have a better sense of my future goals. I recruited subjects for my study by approaching... Read More →

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