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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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Sarah Andoh

Chemistry Major
Physical Chemistry on a Small Scale: Characterizing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
As the field of nanotechnology grows, it proves a possible gateway to diverse applications ranging from targeted cancer drug therapy to micro data storage. More questions arise as to modifications of their synthesis on large and small scales, assembly, and crystal formation. This summer I worked in a physical chemistry lab here at Mount Holyoke College and got the chance to study a bit of this fascinating field. I took this opportunity to develop new skills to add to my ‘science research tool kit’ and challenged myself to tackle a project which I am both curious abpit and intimidated by. In addition, I had the opportunity to connect with students and professors who aided my growth. My summer research focused primarily on testing the optimal conditions for enhancing the uniformity of iron oxide nanocube films using multiple instruments, and studying possible formation mechanisms of nanoparticles. In my presentation, I will reflect on my summer learning experience in a college lab, how I came to the opportunity, the challenges/successes, and touch on how this journey has impacted my future plans.