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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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Didjana Celkupa

Neuroscience Major
Clinical Research in Cardiology: It's More than Just a Wet Lab
Clinical research is one of the areas of medicine where many innovations in healthcare for patients takes place. These clinical trials and research have many components and aspects in order for them to work properly. As a clinical research assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Cardiology department, I was a part of the process in which research was conducted. The team I worked with specifically was called the Resynchronization and Advanced Therapeutics Program where I was conducting a majority of the data collection, data input as well as data analysis for a particular study. However, I also had many other roles in this position as well, because I was able to learn first-hand how to interact with patients in a clinical setting through enrolling them in other studies, screening them, as well as interacting with the physicians to ensure the best care.