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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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Economics Major
Real Impacts of Theoretical Statutes: Econometric Analysis of the Law
Over the summer, I worked at Stanford Law School, researching for a professor who was interested in looking at the impacts of various firearm policies on crime rates in the country. My work consisted of many different tasks. I wrote literature reviews, compiling and consolidating relevant articles. I also read different statutes to gather information on when specific states had passed policies relevant to our research. I was responsible for encoding this data into numerical variables in order to model its impact on crime rates over the years. Along with data collection and cleaning, I also verified data that was already collected and actually did empirical analysis of my own. So, through my internship, I got hands-on experience with both the empirical and theoretical aspects of applied law and economics.