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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
The Common Bond Between Real-World Applications and the Different Disciplines of Chemistry

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Our panel is comprised of four chemistry majors doing research in varying disciplines within the field of chemistry in different regions of the United States. All of our projects are rooted in the same chemical system, but the knowledge and the research methods used are purposed for different environments. Our research projects span over a wide spectrum of topics including physical chemistry, computational chemistry, polymer chemistry and biomedical chemistry. During our panel session we hope that we can show diversity in chemical techniques used and the potential and importance for future directions stemming off of our summer research projects.


Wei Chen

Marilyn Dawson Sarles, M.D. Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

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Aerosol particles play an important role in Earth’s atmosphere. Clay and mineral dust aerosol particles are of particular interest, and scientists are currently researching these particles to better understand their optical properties. This past summer I conducted research at the... Read More →
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Emily Graham

Hydrogen-Bonded Polyaramid Brush Growth on Silica Surfaces, Chemistry Major
The industry of surface coatings traditionally focuses on attaching polymers to a surface through secondary bonds, but the use of upright covalently-attached polymer brushes opens new doors for the industry. This summer I conducted research in the Boyes Lab at The Colorado School... Read More →
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Yuan Tian

Effect of Oxygen Vacancy on Proton Binding Site Energies of 12.5% Y-doped BaZrO3, Chemistry & Philosophy Major
The proton conductivity of perovskites makes them a promising material for fuel cells. A recent experimental study suggested that oxygen vacancies caused by doping the perovskite can enhance proton conduction. We considered twenty-three Glazer distortions as well as three previously-optimized... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Cleveland L2