LEAP Symposium

A student presenting during LEAP
A student presenting at the LEAP Symposium

What is LEAP?

LEAP Symposium is Mount Holyoke's premier showcase of student summer work, organized by and for Mount Holyoke students. 

An annual campus-wide event, LEAP (which stands for Learning through Application) brings together faculty, students, staff, family, friends, and alums to hear students present their summer research and internship experiences from around the corner and around the world. A central element of the College's curriculum to career experience, the LEAP Symposium is a powerful vehicle that demonstrates the strong connections between academic work at Mount Holyoke College and its practical application in the world.

From labs and law offices, embassies and businesses, archives, television studios, farms and rural communities, students return from their summer experiences and reflect critically about what they have learned. At LEAP, this is translated into panel presentations for a student audience who see a model of what they can aspire to accomplish themselves. It fosters the exchange of ideas on cutting-edge projects and demonstrates the variety of ways that students are embedding their summer experiences into their curricular and career pathways.

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Video transcript

LEAP 2021
Nexus | The Lynk
Mount Holyoke
Collective Reflection on Student Experience

42 Panels in 4 Sessions

12:15-1:00 PM
1:15-2:00 PM
2:15-3:00 PM
3:15-4:00 PM

We learned to expect the unexpected!

Virtual and In-Person

174 Presenters

Our Experience

Our Learning

Our Future

“There is light at the end of the tunnel no matter how small the light is, it is still the light”

Panel 5 The Importance of Analysis and Research in a Multitude of fields

Panel 3 Preserving and Rediscovering the Past

Panel 29 From Data to Design: iteration, improvement, and innovation

Panel 13 Diverse Learning in Education: From Creation to Classroom

Panel 11 Research and Communications in Sustainable Development

Panel 2  Exploring Pathways in Law and Advocacy

Panel 41 Pay Attention to the Intern Behind the Curtain: Arts-based Research & Communications

representing a range of disciplines


experiences that span the globe

"Push further, don't give up!"

"Motivate and spread kindness!"

"Focus on healing..."


Panel 16 

Managing Equitable Access and Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Panel 25 

Legal Perspectives: research, litigation, advocacy, and art

Panel 1 

Experiences in Biological Research: Lessons and Challenges of a Summer in Life Science

LEAP 2021!

Student symposium

Celebrate their accomplishments

Mount Holyoke

LEAP 2021 will be a hybrid event

LEAP 2021 will be a hybrid event, with 28 in-person panels and 14 panels on zoom. Please attend in person where possible.

Download the schedule sorted by venue.

Thank you to our Internship and Research Sponsors

In summer 2021, Mount Holyoke College provided 240 students with funding to pursue internships and research.  Thank you to the many supporters who ensure that Mount Holyoke sustains vibrant intellectual opportunities for students in every discipline and professional field year over year.

Mildred Altman Summer Internship Fund
Louise Appleton Career Development Fund
The Katherine Adler Astrove ’54 Fund for Summer Internships
Susan Bateson ’76 Internship Fund
Susan D. Bateson ’76 Learning Abroad Fund
The Barbara M. Baumann ’77 Internship Fund
The Jennie E. Berkson ’76 Endowed Internship Fund
The Laura Bernstein Internship Fund
The Susan B. and Peter R. Betzer ’65 Endowed Fellowship Fund
Jane Allen Birge, 1928, Internship Fund
The Boppy Internship Fund
Grace L. Brodsky, 1958, Internship Fund
Barbara Moakler Byrne Internship Fund
Class of 1949 Memorial Internship Fund
Class of 1964 Green Purse Legacy Circle Fund
The Condon Endowed Internship Fund
Frances (Class of 1944) and Robert Connick Internship Fund
Barbara Taussig Cowen 1950 Internship Fund
Joanne Creighton International Internship Fund
Mary Graham Davis ’65 Internship Fund
Hedley Donovan Endowed Fund
Feldman/Koster Fund for Biomedical Research
The Catherine and Thomas Foster Fund for Environmental Stewardship
Mary Jean Hale Internship Fund
Marion Ho So 1959 and Miu-Hing Ho Chu 1963 Asian Initiatives Fund
The Ruby G. Jackson ’37 Research Fund
The Louise and Philip Landry Internship Fund
Elizabeth and William Lauder Journalism Fund
Lazarus Family Internship Fund
Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation
Lyon's Pride Expendable Internship Fund
Paul F. McGuire Estate Endowment Fund
Miller Worley Internship Fund
The Moffat Internship Fund 
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
Deborah Morgan Olsen ’65 Endowed Fund for International Service Internships
One World Internship Fund
The Janet Eddy Ordway 1947 Internship Fund
Sarah Rabinow Pesikoff ’90 Endowed Internship Fund
Ellen P. Reese Fund
T.W. Reese Fund
Judith Reppy Women's Studies Independent Research Grant
SACP Undergraduate Analytical Research Program
Marilyn Dawson Sarles, MD Fund for the Sciences
Victoria Schuck Endowment Fund 
Mary E. Stanley ’70 Public Service Internship Fund
The Alice Bliss Studebaker ’59 Internship Fund
The Summer Student Research Endowment Fund
The Jean Sudrann '39 Research Fund
The Truman Family Internship Fund
US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
The William V. Wallin Endowed Fund
Marcy Wilkov Waterman ’71 Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Weatherman Expendable Fund for Internships in Africa
‘The Ruth Whittemore, M.D. Endowed Fund
Edward Allen Wilson Endowed Internship Fund
Margaret Mary Andrews Winters ’35 Endowed Fund
The Margaret L. Wolff ’76 Endowment for Global Internships
The Jane Bachman Wulf ’76 Memorial Internship Fund
Jane A. Zimmy 1974 Internship Fund

Click on the session you are interested in attending for full details. Login or sign up for a Sched account to make your own schedule. Join a panel session by clicking the "Join the Zoom" link at the end of the panel description.

LEAP 2021 Schedule

Interested in presenting at LEAP?

Students planning to present at LEAP are required to enroll in COLL 211 Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education.

In the summer, MHC provides students with funds to pursue internships and research. We recognize the individuals who provide generous support, through which MHC is able to sustain vibrant, intellectual opportunities for students in every discipline and professional field.


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