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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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Riley Maddox

Psychology Major
Blazing New Trails: A Novel Approach to Eldercare
Panelist Riley Maddox spent his summer as a research assistant for Baystate Medical Center's Acute Care for Elders program. As Baystate has one of the top 40 geriatric care programs in the United States, Riley spent his summer coming to understand what the program does differently.

Riley was responsible for interviewing patients to assess their overall well-being and access to care; he found his coursework as a psychology major useful when performing these tasks. He reported his findings at daily meetings, which included personnel from all different aspects of patient care. Here, the team designed a customized treatment plan for each patient on a daily basis. This integrated approach to care management helps foster the better outcomes that sets Baystate apart.
Riley is grateful for his summer experience and intends to use the skills and connections he acquired at Baystate in his future as a geriatric psychiatrist.