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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.

Julia Seiple

Environmental Studies Major
Life on the Elwha
Thanks to my Lynk funding, I was able to intern with the National Park Service, specifically on the Elwha Revegetation Project in the Olympic National Park. During my time there I was mentored by a Mount Holyoke Alum named Laurel Moulton. One of the main goals of the project was to restore salmon's natural habitat and return the river to its natural state. To aid in this project I worked with the revegetation crew on either monitoring projects or in the greenhouse and nursery, with the goal of cultivating native species around segments of the river that were disturbed by dam removal. In my presentation, I hope to show you the wonders of the Olympic National Park, as well as the transformative powers of revegetation and conservation.