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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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Christina Elder

Neuroscience Major
Addictive Behaviors: Where Do They Stem from?
Currently, the number of people who suffer from a substance abuse problem is increasing throughout our world. Studying the effects of these drugs on our brain and behavior is a relevant and urgent area of research for our generation. After taking a class at Mount Holyoke that outlined the current possibilities of drug abuse research, I was inspired to expand my perspective and explore the field by working in a hands-on environment that allowed me to develop skills needed for a career in research. This summer, I conducted researched with a drug abuse laboratory within the psychology department at Victoria University of Wellington in the beautiful country of New Zealand. I had the opportunity to study a number of different research paradigms related to drug abuse and analyze how these models ultimately affect the way our brains process reward stimulus.