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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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Robin Graney

Neuroscience Major
Nightmares and Daydreams: A Thematic Investigation of Sleep Paralysis
This past summer in Ireland, Robin assisted in data analysis in a study investigating common images and experiences in people’s most vivid episodes of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is caused when the brain remains in a REM state as the body wakes. This momentarily traps a person in a state of semi-consciousness where they experience temporary paralysis and may also have hallucinations. By assisting in research on a large-scale study with over nine hundred participants, Robin has learned some foundational techniques in the field of psychology. She will be discussing her experiences studying sleep paralysis and living abroad at LEAP.