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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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Elyssa Kiva

Statistics Major
The Data Behind Biosurveillance
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of 17 US Department of Energy National Laboratories. Through their National Security Internship Program, I was placed in the data science and analytics group where I worked with a team of staff and other interns to develop and improve an online biosurveillance system. The system works by harvesting open-source information from thousands of websites so that biosurveillance analysts can obtain information about possible and emerging biological threats sooner. During my time at the lab, I collected, curated, and analyzed data. I wrote detailed reports on my process and contributed to team discussions and strategies. Even though the domain of biosurveillance was new to me, I was able to use my previous understanding of statistical analysis for the project, learn new skills, and successfully collaborate with the project team.