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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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Maria Flanders

Psychology Major
Child Scientists Wanted: Lessons from Infant Cognition Research
Most people’s first thoughts when seeing a baby do not include how that infant is processing information. For some, though, those inner processes are key to understanding ourselves as humans of any age. Infant cognition research gives insight into what skills and proclivities we are born with and what must be learned. My summer research in the Hampshire College Infant and Child Cognition Lab focused primarily on babies’ memory capacities and limits with regard to quantity. My time in the Baby Lab involved no test tubes or brain-imaging caps, but it is remarkable what you can learn using simple materials like a box and rubber ducks. These basic tools facilitated discoveries about the potential of the human mind and about how many new skills research assistants like myself can master, given a chance and a roll of duct tape.