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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
Dirty, Poor, and Proud: Exploring Opportunities for the MHC Afterlife

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Many key scientific findings start with smaller, less visible projects. Working in these jobs requires motivation, passion and an understanding of how daily responsibilities translate to the bigger picture. From the Baltic sea to local flora, the four panelists discovered value in the “less glamorous” side of scientific research. Students interned with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Audubon’s Project Puffin in Maine, the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden, and the University of Rostock’s Marine Science Center in Germany. Waist-deep in Wisconsin swamps, splattered in bird droppings, caked in soil, and constantly reeking of dead fish, the panelists contributed to broader advances in biology and environmental science that went beyond their individual internships. The students explore how their experiences heightened their understandings of fieldwork and provided insight into possibilities and passions after graduation.


Patricia Brennan

Visiting Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College
I am a biologist.


(5) Anna Rzchowski

Timothy Farnham, Environmental Studies
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Illianna Termuehlen

The Simple Life: Conservation on a Seabird Island, Environmental Studies Major
I packed my belongings into two duffel bags and drove off to Stratton Island. My home would be a single-person tent. I was warned that my neighbors would dive bomb my head and destroy my clothes with their acidic feces. I would be working for Project Puffin, a conservation effort... Read More →
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Zhuoran Yu

A Peaceful Mind in the Botanic Garden, Environmental Studies Major
Put your hands in the soil and you can feel the natural energy from the Earth. Zhuoran had a wonderful time exploring plants as well as finding a peaceful mind in Summer 2017 during her internship at the Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden. From pulling weeds to maintain the tidiness of... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Kendade 203