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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
Research and Development: Programming across Disciplines

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Computer programming and data literacy are becoming increasingly important in a variety of fields. Our panel focuses on applications of computer programming across different disciplines. Members of our panel worked in areas such as software development, national security, applied mathematics, and statistics. We employed a collection of programming languages, big data analysis practices, and self-directed research decision-making in order to meet our ultimate goals. Even though our work experiences spanned academic institutions, government agencies, and the financial industry as well as the country, fast-paced work environments unified our experiences as first time researchers and developers.

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Tim Chumley

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Elyssa Kiva

The Data Behind Biosurveillance, Statistics Major
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of 17 US Department of Energy National Laboratories. Through their National Security Internship Program, I was placed in the data science and analytics group where I worked with a team of staff and other interns to develop and improve an... Read More →
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Raeesa Mehjabeen

Software Engineering in the Finance Industry, Computer Science Major
My summer at Nationwide, an insurance and finance company, gave me important duties and responsibilities where I directly coded results that would affect thousands of their customers, such as designing their applications and doing data analysis for project upgrades. As an application... Read More →

Allison Pan

Undergraduate Research in Math: What Should You Expect, Math Major
This summer, I participated in an undergraduate research program (REU) for mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. I worked on an independent applied mathematics project with my advisor on examining the impact of three-point differentials on winning a game in the NBA. The application... Read More →
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Young Yang

Summer 2017: Data, Research and Programming, Economics and Statistics Major
Over the summer, I did statistics on-campus research with Professor Tim Chumley in a group of two for eight weeks. Our research topic was a more in-depth study of the Stochastic Processes, which incorporated Brownian Motion, Ito’s Lemma and Differential Equations, etc. This summer... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 203