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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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Kate Maziarz

Chemistry Major
A Taste of the Chemistry World
During my internship at Mount Holyoke College, granted by the Lynk Program, I immersed myself in an environment that further developed my chemical background. Working under the mentorship of Kyle Broaders, I explored chemical techniques and advanced my skills by operating analytical equipment in the laboratory. The synthesis of biodegradable polymers was a daunting task, but my efforts yielded results due to the dedicated time put into the research. These polymers have a wide range of applications, including materials for drug delivery, but one must learn various methods of synthesis in order to understand polymer properties. Organic chemistry is a very complex discipline but if true passion crosses paths with nature’s puzzles, then the pursuit of mastery can be witnessed like no other. The internship reinforced my goals of getting into a graduate program in organic chemistry. Moreover, this experience fortified my enthusiasm and independence as a young scientist.