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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
From Bench to Bedside: What They Don't Teach You in Pre-Health Classes

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There are countless subspecialties within the field of healthcare, and the five members of our panel each represent a different clinical focus. From research to direct patient care, our panel seeks to introduce viewers to the broad array of opportunities available in the healthcare industry. As we engaged with various facets in the field of medicine this summer, our experiences fostered our growth as undergraduates in ways classroom experiences alone could not. Through our internships, we learned the value of empowered compassion, retaining composure, openness to innovation, and adaptability. Our diverse experiences have reaffirmed the career paths that we hope to pursue after our time at Mount Holyoke.


Jared Schwartzer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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Didjana Celkupa

Clinical Research in Cardiology: It's More than Just a Wet Lab, Neuroscience Major
Clinical research is one of the areas of medicine where many innovations in healthcare for patients takes place. These clinical trials and research have many components and aspects in order for them to work properly. As a clinical research assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital... Read More →
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Mollie Kowalchik

A Beacon of my Future: Life as a Physical Therapist, Special Major
I spent my summer as a physical therapy intern at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked specifically with one team of therapists, consisting of two physical therapists and two physical therapy assistants. My responsibilities included setting up equipment... Read More →
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Riley Maddox

Blazing New Trails: A Novel Approach to Eldercare, Psychology Major
Panelist Riley Maddox spent his summer as a research assistant for Baystate Medical Center's Acute Care for Elders program. As Baystate has one of the top 40 geriatric care programs in the United States, Riley spent his summer coming to understand what the program does differently... Read More →
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Aniqa Rahman

The Examined Life: Modeling Continuities in Care from Pediatric to Geriatric Health, Biology and Religion Major
In a healthcare system that is as diverse as it is continuously diversifying, the need to understand our differences and the contexts in which the individual is formed and forming is more important than ever. From the conversation we have with a child on why he has been having trouble... Read More →

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