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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
The Power of a Young Mind

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This panel will delve into the power of young minds. Having all worked with children in some capacity over the summer, we want to highlight the abilities of children to learn, teach, and grow at various points in their childhood, from infancy to elementary age. We will explore this from the perspectives of infant cognition research, preschool classroom work, child memory research, all in the northeast United States, and ​teaching language and dance in Nicaragua. What are we born with that allows us to interact with our world? How will young children go about selecting which pieces make a machine run? How do preschool children challenge the preconceptions they have about the social world? What cultural factors influence a child’s education level or how they learn? By watching the children challenge themselves and expand their knowledge, we learned from them and caught a glimpse of the future ahead.

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Thinking Critically with Preschool Children, Psychology Major
Over the course of this summer I worked in the preschool classroom at Gorse Children’s Center, a private research-based school. I taught alongside two other preschool teachers who worked together to create a stimulating and individualized classroom curriculum for children three... Read More →
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Maria Flanders

Child Scientists Wanted: Lessons from Infant Cognition Research, Psychology Major
Most people’s first thoughts when seeing a baby do not include how that infant is processing information. For some, though, those inner processes are key to understanding ourselves as humans of any age. Infant cognition research gives insight into what skills and proclivities we... Read More →

Riva Lam

Find All The Ones That Make the Machine Go!
This past summer I worked at The Causality and Mind Lab in Providence, RI. There I was mainly tasked with running the Blicket Fish Two experiment, where a "blicket detector" is used to present novel causal relations to children, and looking at how they engage in explicit belief revision... Read More →
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The Beauty in the Challenge of Education in Nicaragua, Psychology Major
Podcasts for Peace is a social justice community center that helps children in the community of Managua, Nicaragua grow. Their goal is to offer a safe space for children to become leaders and enrich their lives through creative expression, academic and life skills, along with health... Read More →

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