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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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Psychology and Education Major
Social-Emotional Learning: Research in the Classroom
Talia spent her summer as a research assistant in a community-based participatory research partnership between UMass Amherst (Individual Differences in Development Lab) and the Holyoke public schools to support social-emotional interventions. Strengthening the relationship between academic and community partners has the potential to enhance the relevance, quality, and quantity of data and promote more effective programming for students. She worked with rising 9th graders, as well as10th and 11th-grade teen leaders, to sharpen leadership and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, and school readiness. She collected data on students’ social-emotional competencies and program effectiveness through surveys and focus groups. She was particularly interested in better understanding and promoting concrete, realistic, and effective intervention strategies for deescalating bullying situations. She enjoyed connecting with students, sharpening her research skills, and experiencing the complexities of school-based research and programming.