Session II: 1:30-2:25pm

October 17, 2014

Carr 102 New Directions: Unexpected Outcomes
from Internships in Law and Public Policy
In the months leading up to your internship, you spend time with your mentor planning and preparing for the experience ahead of you. Determining where to spend your internship is a lengthy process, throughout which you begin to form a set of goals and expectations as to what you want to achieve. These expectations stay with you, and upon beginning your internship, those expectations and your lived realities don’t always line up. This panel will explore how adjusting your expectations and embracing the new directions your internships bring to the table can lead to a variety of unexpected outcomes. Primarily, we will focus on the fields of Law and Public Policy and Administration.
 A Change of Course: A Legal Internship on Cape Cod
 Uncertain Paths Encouraging New Beginnings
 Beating the Clock: Making the Most of Your Summer Internship
Hannah Noelle Kannegieter  Expanding into Governmental Affairs 
Clapp 203 International Development, Government, and Security
What can you do with an interest in international affairs? This panel explores the wide array of options open to students interested in the Politics or International Relations majors offered at Mount Holyoke. As a group, we all exhibit career possibilities open to anyone with either degree. Our experiences all address similar fields and topics but still are different enough to have an engaging discussion about the interdisciplinary nature of the field of International Relations in the job market. This is important to highlight for younger students considering IR due to the large course load required from a number of subfields in the IR major at Mount Holyoke. It shows the reasoning behind taking courses in subjects such as Geography, Economics, History, Language, and Politics and how they align academically and practically.
 Government Work in a Conservative, Male Dominant Environment
 The 51%: How Can the World's Women Become More Involved in Politics?
Tarana Bhatia  Making 50x50 A Reality
Emma Murphy  Interning during an Ebola Outbreak
V. Nina Marciano  Situational Awareness: A Career at the US Department of State
Clapp 206 Turning Lemons into Lemonade:
How to Get the Most out of an Unexpected Experience
How do you turn an experience that wasn’t what you expected into one that you won’t be able to forget? In the fields of Law, Non-Profit work, and Public Health, we will examine four summer experiences that underwent significant change from start to finish. During the summer, each of us encountered a variety of challenges in our professional environment that threatened to taint our experience and created a hurdle for us to overcome. However, on a personal or professional level, we found a way to squeeze positivity from conflict. We would like to share what we learned with you, both the good and the bad, so that you too may make lemonade when need be.
 Independent Living at its Best: Making Space No Matter the Case
Juliette Chenier  A Look To the Future Through Challenges and Barriers
Kimberly Grenade  Uncertain for the Future: Questioning my Intended Career Path
Caitlin Hughes  Never Fear / Change
Cleveland L1 Support and Self-Reliance:
Balancing the Paradox of Independence
Independence is not defined by the ability to work individually. Rather, it is defined by the individual ability to utilize resources to resolve problems, even if it means seeking the support of others. Collaboration is a crucial component in the working world. Being independent does not mean being alone, nor does the ability to solve problems alone denote independence. This panel discusses the upper and lower limits of independence via our summer experiences. From environmental policy to biophysics, from South Hadley to Malaysia, this panel will explore the nooks and crannies of independent research while defining the factors that can mold us into people that can not only survive, but actively succeed in this world independently.
 The Ultrasonic Revolution: Freedom from Cancer [Colon]ization
Behind the Scene: Medicine in the Making
Hannah Kyer Collaboration and Independence in the Process of Publishing a Book
Rebecca Soo-yeon Han From Han Solo to Han Duo: The Redefining Independence
Cleveland L2 So You Want to be a Neuroscientist?
What do rheumatoid arthritis, chemotherapy, a complicated pregnancy, and a child's playroom have in common? Our panel of neuroscientists-in-training will help you connect the dots. From molecules to minds, neuroscience is an incredibly interdisciplinary field. The assortment of classes you take may seem disconnected from your career interests until you immerse yourself in experiential learning. When we entered the real world of neuroscience, we constantly drew on classroom knowledge. Our summer experiences present a sampling of potential applications in the field. We invite you to broaden your view of neuroscience and we challenge you to take on new experiences that will redefine it in the future.
Transient Prenatal Insults Disrupt the Structure and Function of the Adult Neocortex
Neuroscience in Clinic: Screening Genetic and Phenotypic Correlations in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Malosree Maitra The Endocannabinoid System in Pain, Inflammation, and Addiction
Leah Middleton Identifying Compounds with Therapeutic Potential for Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
Cleveland L3 Leave Your Bags at the Door:
Navigating Personal and Home Identities
When you look forward to a summer conducting research or starting an internship, do you anticipate that your identity will shape your experience? Although we are often taught to keep personal and professional lives separate, these four panelists found that their racial/ethnic identities and hometowns were actually sources of inspiration when seeking internship opportunities or developing research topics.“Good research” is often judged on the basis of the researcher’s ability to remain objective from beginning to end. But, is it possible to “leave your identity at the door” when beginning an internship or conducting independent research?
 Uncovering an Unspoken History
Rocio I. Ramirez Self-Identity: It follows You Everywhere
Evelyn Roberts Researching Your Roots: What’s At Stake When Conducting Hometown Research
Dianna Tejada An Insider on the Outside
Kendade 107 Patience is a Virtue:
Striking a Balance When Working With Youth
Every child needs an advocate; in working with children this summer, these four advocates discovered the mutual rewards of teaching. The emotional, physical, and mental pressures were certainly challenging – especially when working with children who had many personal challenges themselves. Though we felt prepared in our expectations, we discovered that it takes incredible measures of emotional engagement to be present as teachers and mentors for our students. As we learned what to anticipate from our students and from ourselves on a day-to-day basis, we began to “strike our balance.” Learning how to effectively provide love, care, empathy, and of course, incredible patience, became key to the navigation of our experiences working with youth.
What Preschoolers Taught Me About Teaching
"Bad Kids" Do Not Exist: My Experience Empowering At-Risk Children
Leanne M. Finamore Becoming a Teacher: Reflections on a Summer of Learning
Amber Orzel Education is the Key to Success: Teaching and Learning Through Nicaraguan Youth
Kendade 203 Ending Your Research with a Question Mark:
Expectations vs. Reality in the Research World
The goal of research is to try and answer a specific question, but the reality of our summer experiences showed us that one often leaves with more questions than one starts with. Across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, biophysics, anthropology, and astronomy, our summer research raised questions for us about our career path: Is a career in research what we want to pursue? Is our major compatible with our future goals? We all had expectations about what our research experiences would be like, and were surprised to find ourselves in very different situations from what we had imagined. Everything may go poorly and you may want to quit.  Everything may go perfectly but you may still want to quit. Sometimes your boss quits. These challenges provided us with an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth, even if we ended our research with a question mark.
Quantification of Charge-mediated Fusion Events Between Giant Unilamellar Vesicle and Fusogenic Liposomes
Distraught by Data: Prioritizing Human Interaction in the Workplace
Examining Galaxies and Goals
Yuyue Yan Fieldwork on the Freedom Trail
Kendade 303 Let's Get Down to Business
Business is restless and money never sleeps, whether it is in Ethiopia, France or the USA. Having worked in major firms across the globe we explore the various aspects of business operations. Drawing from our experiences that range from the hiring process, consulting, marketing, finance and operations we will share valuable insights and strategies to finding the right career path. This presentation will reflect on the challenges, assumptions and realizations that gave us a better understanding of the self and the professional world. Come join us, and Let’s Get Down to Business!
It's Not You, It's Your Personality
Hanh H. Nguyen Life On The Sell Side: Market Making, Structuring And Beyond
The Other Side of the Glorious Investment Banking Industry
Bisaya T. Abdullahi Ethiopia: A Land of Limitless Opportunities - Not a Story of Catastrophe
Sarah-Franklin Schaar Taking Initiative in an Unknown World: How Confidence in the Corporate Sector Can Extend Your Participation and Integration Beyond Expectations!
Kendade 305 Expanding Global Consciousness:
From Corporate to Grassroots
Seeking change? So are we. “From Corporate to Grassroots” will explore each panelist’s contribution to the mission of the organizations they worked with, and the ways they purposefully sought to engage in a global discourse. This panel will demonstrate that no matter what field you work in, you must approach learning with a higher sense of consciousness: How effective are your actions? How does your work benefit local societies and the global community? The panelists welcome students who question whether they can contribute meaningfully in a corporate environment or generate direct change through grassroots initiatives. Join the discourse of purposeful global engagement. Be an active agent of change.
Gerry Carolina Rivadeneira Bringing Human Rights Home
Bahia B. Marks Architecture as a Means for Empowerment and Transformation
Stephanie H. Maitre Selling the Seas: Global Marketing at Royal Caribbean
Alia Essak Delving Into The Past: Conventional Approaches To Poverty