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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
Rising above the Pipeline: Integrating Research and Practice

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Expecting poor academic and social outcomes can have debilitating effects on children and young adults from high-need and at-risk communities across our country. With this new awareness, supporting and reacclimating high-risk children has increasingly become a priority. The first step for helping today’s youth is to recognize the need for integrated, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate, community supports. Our Lynk experiences enabled us to investigate and pursue new approaches that will enable vulnerable children to gain control over their own lives and resist the cycle of disadvantage. Through each of our Lynk internships, we mentored or conducted research with children and young adults. This provided us insight into the social, emotional, behavioral, and technical strengths and challenges of children and youth from all different communities.


Jared Schwartzer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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Kaitlin Braz

Autism and Social Experiences: Embracing Challenges and Celebrating Victories with a Popsicle in One Hand and a Pool Tow, Psychology and Education Major
Social exclusion has been found to have debilitating emotional, physical, and cognitive effects on individuals; for children with mental health conditions, social stigma often causes this type of demoralizing isolation. Through my Lynk internship, I sought to reverse this cycle by... Read More →
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Madeline Derentz

Sharing is Caring: Do Children Follow the Golden Rule?, Psychology Major
Child development research continues to grow every day. After working in a social development lab at Boston University, I understood how developmental research impacts this expanding field within psychology. Over the summer, I helped tackle important research questions pertaining... Read More →
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Haley Subocz

But What about the, Psychology Major
When children with serious behavioral and emotional difficulties are involved with the court system, they’re often labeled as unfit for society. Generally, these youths face countless barriers to reenter the community. This summer, I worked with a team of interns at a philanthropic... Read More →
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Social-Emotional Learning: Research in the Classroom, Psychology and Education Major
Talia spent her summer as a research assistant in a community-based participatory research partnership between UMass Amherst (Individual Differences in Development Lab) and the Holyoke public schools to support social-emotional interventions. Strengthening the relationship between... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Clapp 206