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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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Haley Rivers

Environmental Studies Major
That Which Lurks Beneath: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
For nearly two months, I spent close to twenty hours a week canoeing through scenic coves, following the directions of a Garmin GPS to close to 1,500 sampling points predetermined using GIS technology. I was in Lyme, Connecticut continuing a twenty-year-old study on the composition, distribution and abundance of different submerged plant species within the bounds of the Connecticut River estuary. I worked closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, a newly-formed regional center of the Connecticut Audubon Society, and had the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of individuals working in environmental science. I mostly performed data collection and research, but I also did a lot of education for the center for both children and adults, and felt honored to be sharing my work with others who were just as passionate as I am.