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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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Ledia Gebremedhin

Biology Major
It’s a Rat Race!: Tracking and Studying Mating Patterns of Male and Female Rats
This summer I had remarkable opportunity to work as a research assistant in Professor Sarah Bacon's lab at Mount Holyoke College. My internship at experience has taught me more than I thought and helped me to expand new skills to add to my “biology tool kit”. My summer research focused on the macrophages during pregnancy- corresponding to the uterine redesign and explore if mating itself obtains a pro-inflammatory region in the uterus after mating. My typical day in the lab involved a smearing of the vaginal mucosa to determine the estrous cycle of female rat, collecting tissues for RNA and OCT, and performing De-spining surgery. Through this unique experience, I was able to learn a lot about research in my field and grow in a new environment. It taught me a new type of work ethic and had shaped my career interests going forward.