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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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Lucy Bolognese

Psychology Major
The Seuss Perspective: Can Horses Synch to a Beat? I Don't Know, It's Quite a Feat!
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)” This line from Dr. Seuss’ "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" perfectly describes my summer as a research intern under Professor Mara Breen in the psychology department at Mount Holyoke College. In Professor Breen’s cognition and linguistics laboratory, Dr. Seuss is an everyday feature, with even the computers and hard drives named after well-known Seussian characters. The project I was working on, however, focused on horses and whether they can perceive a beat and synchronize to it. I reviewed and analyzed videos of horses trotting in circles, marking down in an Excel spreadsheet when the horses’ front hooves hit the ground. From this summer, I learned the value of persistence, honed my skill at building and maintaining faculty and lab relationships, and discovered what it means to be a full-time psychology researcher.