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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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Emma Lynch

Biology Major
Coral Damage Due to Human-Driven Factors on the Island of Koh Lipe, Thailand
Through the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) in Thailand, I completed an independent research project on coral reefs and the effects that tourism has on them. In the first week, out of six, I engaged in an intensive Thai language course. For four weeks I lived with an indigenous group called the Chao Lay, of an island named Koh Lipe located in the southern region of Thailand near Malaysia. During this time, I examined how tourism impacts the coral reefs within the islands of Tarutao National Park, specifically, which species of corals would be most susceptible to damage. As well as completing research, I was immersed in a culture and language with which I was unfamiliar. From this, I learned about new traditions, food, and Chao Lay culture. After compiling my data, I returned to Chiang Mai to present my findings and submit a thesis.