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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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Haylea Hubacz

Statistics Major
Asking All the Right Questions: A Look at Institutional Research in Higher Education
This summer, I had the opportunity to have an internship in the office of Institutional Research, Evaluation and Assessment (IREA) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. During my time with IREA I was able to assist with research, peer review reports before dissemination, and understand higher education through a business lens. This summer IREA had a goal to downsize the amount of evaluations medical students participate in during their time at UMass Medical School. My research focused on getting the answers needed by the institution from these evaluations, but to ask fewer questions. When reviewing reports I checked for calculation errors and made sure anyone, regardless of medical school experience, could understand questions being asked in evaluations. My experiences from this summer affirmed my future goal of a career in institutional research of higher education.