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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.
avatar for Maria-Luiza  Taskova

Maria-Luiza Taskova

Computer Science & Math Major
Math - the Language of Patterns
This summer I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University, Alabama. The team gathered every day with our advisors to discuss open problems. We studied together and taught each other; we talked about ideas and how we could develop them. We wrote proofs and presented them for further critique. We held icebreaker discussions where we were encouraged to present topics in Math that we had just been introduced to. As our main focus, we had problems in Graph Theory, Number Theory, and Abstract Algebra which this REU had been working on and expanding over the years. Through this, we were able to make vast improvements and generate papers which will later be published and expanded next year. Spending the summer with such great minds really strengthened my desire to pursue math at Mount Holyoke and to become a better mathematician.