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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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Madeline Derentz

Psychology Major
Sharing is Caring: Do Children Follow the Golden Rule?
Child development research continues to grow every day. After working in a social development lab at Boston University, I understood how developmental research impacts this expanding field within psychology. Over the summer, I helped tackle important research questions pertaining to moral norms and children’s prosocial behaviors such as reciprocity, fairness, and sharing. Are children able to share with those who are different from themselves? Do children understand that reciprocity is a social norm? At what age do children start to reciprocate in their social lives? These are the kinds of questions that my lab wanted to explore. While having hands-on experience with psychological research for the first time, I found that lab work was different from what I expected. In my presentation, I will explain how my daily duties, such as coding, recruiting, and conducting experiments, helped me understand a world of psychology that was unfamiliar.