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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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Lynn Shen

Environmental Studies Major
From Dirt to Grid: Gardening on a College Campus
Lynn spent the summer at the Botanic Garden of Mount Holyoke College. Under the guidance of the Garden staff, she had hands-on experience with horticulture and plant cultivation. On top of that, she worked with two other interns as a research team to look into the history of the garden to gather information for interpretation projects of the Botanic Garden. The long hours outdoors in the garden was a physical challenge while the archival research required academic focus. Although not all projects were completed by the end of the internship, Lynn and the other interns managed to plan and execute a renovation to the First Year Plant tradition. Lynn co-coordinated the new system that used QR codes and a Facebook page to connect the first-years to useful information about the species that they would collect. To realize this project, Lynn mainly worked as a photographer and was involved in other stages of the set-up, including labeling the species, mapping out the dorms of the first-years, creating the info-graphics and so on. It is the belief that the botanical world is for everyone to access and understand that drives Lynn’s work in connecting what she has learned about nature to her community.