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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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Corrin Moss

Psychology and Spanish Major
Hands-on Psychology: Working and Learning in a Science Museum
This summer I did psycholinguistics research and educational outreach at a science museum (COSI) through the Ohio State University. I developed research, personal, and professional skills, and now have a better sense of my future goals. I recruited subjects for my study by approaching visitors at COSI and independently ran them in the experiment, which enhanced my research skills and increased my confidence in my work. I improved my critical thinking skills by collaborating with faculty mentors to synthesize conclusions from our data. I also learned how to explain linguistic and psychological concepts to a wide range of audiences by doing demonstrations for visitors at COSI and discovered that I enjoy teaching. Finally, I created a research poster and an interactive demonstration to be used at COSI and presented them during a capstone day. This capstone experience helped me to further cultivate my public speaking and creative thinking skills.