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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 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Chasing an Epidemic: Understanding Health Crises from Lab Work to Outreach

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Using our experiences from lab settings and qualitative research to public outreach, education, and policy advocacy, we construct our summer experiences as a stream of public health knowledge. Our panel will showcase public health topics such as parasites and HIV while attending to racial disparities and traumatic considerations in our society. The stream begins in a lab research setting, asking: who is most susceptible to parasites? Then we consider: how can we reduce the spread of HIV in rural Maine? Following the flow downstream, we ask: what are the barriers to healthcare in screenings for colorectal cancer in Black Americans? Last, we discuss the ways in which professional advocates and legislators address issues of childhood trauma. Through these stories, you will learn (as we did) the importance of advocating for citizens’ health.


Corey Flanders

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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Tess Ahlers

How Host Age Affects Susceptibility to Parasitic Infections, Biology Major
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic, protozoan, bacterial, and viral infections that are generally found in tropical areas, especially in areas of poverty. Research into these diseases is vital due to their high prevalence. All too often, these diseases receive... Read More →
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Kate Farmer

The Sun Rises Still: Using Policy Advocacy to Create Brighter Futures for Children Impacted by Trauma, Chemistry Major
Panelist Kate Farmer spent her summer interning with the Alaska Resilience Initiative, a nonprofit responsible for supporting resilience work and statewide responses to adverse childhood experiences. Driven by a dedication to promote healthy futures for children impacted by trauma... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Kendade 305