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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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Ani Gelashvili

Math Major
A Problem Worth Solving: Summer on Wall Street
As a mathematics student, I developed an aesthetic preference for theoretically elegant ideas that relate seemingly disjointed questions—hence my intention of pursuing a PhD program after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. But my summer as a Fixed Income Analyst at J.P. Morgan & Chase in New York City completely altered my career path. In this presentation, I will discuss how my summer on Wall Street not only fulfilled my need to be intrigued but also enabled me to use my quantitative and technical background to significantly contribute to my team.