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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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Kayla Nguyen

Computer Science Major
Optimizing Virtual Machines - from Data to Action
This summer, I returned as a software engineering intern at Google. My team was Google App Engine Flexible Environment (GAE Flex), a platform under Google Cloud, hosting web and mobile applications. As an intern, I built a benchmark suite that evaluates performance-tuning parameters for GAE Flex virtual machines and systematically detects performance regressions during a regular release cycle. With the framework, I managed to show that by changing the value of one parameter in the GAE Flex virtual machine configuration, its performance increases substantially. My findings wouldn’t have been so meaningful to me if it hadn’t been for my managers who pushed me to write up reports and to use them as proofs to personally make changes in production code that has worldwide effect. With the right support from my managers, I made a much bigger impact than I could have ever imagined.