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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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Ashley Sanchez

Neuroscience Major
Out with the New, in with the Old
Living in South Florida, I am aware of our claim to fame: beaches and palm trees. Every vacation poster advertises these beautiful trees, enticing many to come visit the tropical paradise. Did you know, though, that there is such thing as a Florida Pine? These native Floridians used to be just about everywhere in the state. This was until the government wanted to expand living areas by draining parts of the Everglades by means of invasive plant species. It wasn’t until the Everglades became protected in 1947 that draining ceased, but invasive plants were not removed. Collaborating with a lab over the summer, we worked on counteracting the damage that had not only been done but that is currently happening. By developing initial projects to find an efficient and cost-effective way to remove invasive species, there is now a chance to restore Florida back to its natural beauty.