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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 • 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Women in Tech - Individuality through Teamwork

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The four of us worked on different subfields of the tech industry, such as game development, cloud computing, web development, and android development. However, we all had similar experience with working in a relatively small teams to develop our projects. We grew as professionals and as individuals during this past summer. In addition to developing our people skills, we also displayed our strong personalities and strived to be valuable members of our teams. One of the most crucial lessons we learned was that no matter how hard a problems seems, with self-determination and collaboration, it can be solved. We built our networks and now we not only have former colleagues but also friends with whom we may work again in the future.


Lisa Ballesteros

Associate Professor of Computer Science

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Veneta Cholakova

A Woman in Game Development, Computer Science and Mathematics Major
In the summer of 2017 I was part of the Summer Innovation Program of MassDiGI in Worcester, MA. The program brought 28 students together to work on five mobile games. I was on a team of seven people and learned a lot about mobile game development. We created a 2D game called “Raise... Read More →
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Hiwete Fetene

Mapping Your Way around the Code, and the Company, Computer Science Major
This summer, I spent three months working with a team of developers in Verizon Innovation Labs in Waltham, MA. I was given a sole project to build a library for a web portal that would be used to authenticate its users in a language I had not seen before and was required to give daily... Read More →
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Kayla Nguyen

Optimizing Virtual Machines - from Data to Action, Computer Science Major
This summer, I returned as a software engineering intern at Google. My team was Google App Engine Flexible Environment (GAE Flex), a platform under Google Cloud, hosting web and mobile applications. As an intern, I built a benchmark suite that evaluates performance-tuning parameters... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Cleveland L2