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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
Connecting the Dots: Working with Data and Identifying Trends around the World

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In our digital age, we have become accustomed to having huge amounts of information right at our fingertips. But how do we find meaning in numbers? The value of data emerges from how it can be used to tell a story, inform decisions, and ultimately shape the future. The members of this panel deployed data in unique and overlapping ways to answer important questions: how to track and incentivize improvements in city sustainability, how to understand consumer behavior, how to optimize webpages, and how to analyze macroeconomic and demographic trends to interpret consumer rationale.
Working with tech startups, nonprofit organizations, and multinational companies around the world—in India, Vietnam, Chile and the U.S.—we applied our analysis skills across a variety of contexts. This panel will explore diverse applications of data analysis and reflect on how numbers can be transformed into impact.


Sarah Adelman

Associate Professor of Economics

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Karen Alcantar

Why User Experience Matters, Sociology Major
This summer I worked as a digital marketing intern for a tech-startup called TUTEN, in Santiago, Chile. This data driven position not only refined my analytical skills, but it allowed me to see the meaningful impact data has on a company, no matter the size of the company. I focused... Read More →
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Advika Mukherjee

Marketing at a Multinational Corporation, Economics and International Relations Major
This past summer, Advika worked at Tetra Pak India, a multinational organization that provides sustainable packaging and processing solutions to clients across the globe, as a marketing intern. During her time there, she assisted with their three-year business development planning... Read More →
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Sabine Rogers

Step-by-Step Sustainability: Combining Data-Driven Work and a Passion for the Environment, Environmental Studies and French Major
What does it mean to be a sustainable city? How do you measure the social, economic, and environmental vitality of a city and determine how well it is doing over time and compared to other cities? This summer I interned with the U.S. Green Building Council and worked on solutions... Read More →
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Lan Truong

Economics and Italian Major

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 206