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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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Fern Stidham

Environmental Studies Major
Shoring up Seabirds in Buzzards Bay
This summer I worked for MassWildlife on a long term study of Tern nesting colonies in Buzzards Bay, MA. I spent several months getting day-to-day hands-on field experience while working in a variety of settings with multiple species. This winter, one of our islands was built up with added sediment and sea walls, raising its elevation to provide a long-term nesting area for Common and Roseate Terns in the face of rising sea levels. All of the islands in this project will have to be raised in the next decade to accommodate the effects of climate change, and we need to continue doing everything we can to protect vulnerable species, especially on the coast as these populations are at major risk with rising seas.