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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.

Riva Lam

Find All The Ones That Make the Machine Go!
This past summer I worked at The Causality and Mind Lab in Providence, RI. There I was mainly tasked with running the Blicket Fish Two experiment, where a "blicket detector" is used to present novel causal relations to children, and looking at how they engage in explicit belief revision. I do believe that my psychology background and prior experience working with young children prepared me for this opportunity. I am grateful for this experience as I realized the joy in running a hands-on project and learning more about the graduate school application process. Join me as I reflect not only on my time in the lab but the bonds I made with my cohort as well!