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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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Tess Ahlers

Biology Major
How Host Age Affects Susceptibility to Parasitic Infections
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 far less attention, due to their low mortality rate, which fails to take into account their high morbidity rate and chronic condition. This summer, I worked in a lab at CSUSM that focused on parasitic infections. We looked at how the age of the host organism (in our case, mice) affected its susceptibility or resistance to infection by the parasite Heligmosomoides bakeri. This presentation demonstrates the laboratory research portion of the stream of public health knowledge that is the overarching theme of this panel and showcases one way in which academic knowledge is developed.