Welcome to Senior Symposium! Today we celebrate the many extraordinary achievements of the Class of 2021 -- their hard work, perseverance, and brilliance! We have designed this year’s Senior Symposium as a virtual, day-long event. We have 132 students presenting from all over the world on 34 panels in almost every discipline and major offered at Mount Holyoke. Seniors are conducting research on gene therapy, climate change, and preparing for the next pandemic. They are writing theses and capstone projects on the gothic, queer studies, persistent multi-robot formations, reproductive health, and the Chicago Teachers Union. They have created new choreography, novellas, short films, and sustainable designs for local New England farms. We also have students presenting about their LYNK and Nexus opportunities on a series of panels at lunchtime that we call mini LEAP.

Explore the schedule below to see all of the remarkable intellectual and creative accomplishments that Mount Holyoke students have achieved, even in the most challenging of times. A special thanks to the faculty and staff who have advised and supported the Class of 2021 in their endeavors.

Congratulations in advance to our Seniors who are presenting today and to all of our beloved students in the Class of 2021.

The 2021 Senior Symposium will be presented via synchronous Zoom panels. Video links will be available in the Panel information 10 minutes prior to the panel start.

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Friday, April 16 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LEAP - A Holistic Approach to Tech

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Our panel brings together four unique experiences of interning in tech. In our panel, we will focus on different aspects of the tech field including front-end development, back-end development, product management, and areas in-between. We will explore some accomplishments as well as some challenges we faced during our internships: both the soft skills and the technical skills that we have gained during the experience, and how they prepared us in shifting from college to industry. We will consider common themes such as exploration, adaptability, time management, and how we navigated these over the course of our internship. We aim to construct a multifaceted and holistic view of interning in the tech industry.


Qiana Pierre

Navigating A Platform for Black Creators
 I interned remotely at BlaytorBox, a startup company that created a mobile app designed to ensure Black creators gain exposure and opportunities in the marketplace. As a general project management intern, my role included designing social media campaigns to build brand awareness... Read More →

Chimene Minshew

Interning in Ag and Sustainability Tech
Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to intern with a tech startup called Giving Garden expanding and sharing community knowledge to combat food-related issues. Through my internship, I was able to gain broader knowledge issues of food security and sustainability within my local... Read More →

Ningjing Ma

How front-end development works in an industry setting
Last summer, I was working remotely at Shanghai Shika Information Technology Co., Ltd for a month as an R & D intern. My main work is to develop the front-end for the search and index page for a project called Shared Books. The goal of this project is to enable book sharing for students... Read More →

Faustina Ejiofor

Web Development: Tech meets Research
Last summer, I did remote front-end and back-end development for a neuroscience professor at Occidental College. My task was to create a website for her to survey people for her research and have the surveyee’s data collected. I was to check in with my supervisor weekly and tell... Read More →

Friday April 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Mount Holyoke College
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