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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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Xijie Guo

Computer Science Major
Through Conducting a Research Internship in Germany: Challenges and Reaffirmation of Sticking with Computer Science
As a computer science major who loves experiencing new culture and lifestyle, conducting a research internship abroad was perfect for me. Through matching by DAAD RISE Program, I interned at University of Rostock and conducted research in the field of ubiquitous computing. The research topic was about figuring out a solution to reduce uncertainties under ubiquitous environments. My task was, based on my supervisor’s two publications, to implement the programming abstraction of dynamic sets, which were used to bundle objects and make modifications at runtime and was the core of the current solution. So without any previous background on this topic, how did I overcome the challenges? What was the overall experience of working and living in Germany? How did this internship relate to my career path in computer science? To learn more, join our LEAP panel! I will elaborate on my internship experience and its relation to my major and career path.