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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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Shion Kubota

Computer Science & Physics Major
Click of Physics
There is beauty in how the existing pieces of knowledge of physics fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I had an opportunity to work at CERN in Switzerland as a visiting scientist and explore that beauty. At CERN, a crucial piece of the puzzle called the Higgs Boson finally filled a glaring hole in 2012. Many thought that the last piece of the standard model of physics was complete. But is it?
The purpose of project I attended was to create a new detector to find a new fundamental particle and extend the current standard model. The panel focuses on my challenge on leading a group of scientists with a wide variety of backgrounds to achieve one goal together, and how the click of the new puzzle piece fitting into place actually affects the world.