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 - Different perspectives on law and public policy

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This summer, our panel worked in a variety of positions in law and public policy. From global security research to legal business-related finance disputes to studying the use of data in international development, we experienced working in new environments in areas we’d previously been interested in. Olivia Yanchik worked as an Outreach Development and Research Intern at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Regina Guo worked as a Legal Intern in GuoYao Law Firm, and Maggie Smith worked as Research Intern at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics. Each of us found it valuable to gain a realistic perception of the areas we worked in, and while we all encountered unique challenges, we appreciated having a better understanding of our career goals moving forward. 


Maggie Smith

Data for sustainable development
This past summer and fall, I worked remotely as a Research Intern at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS). I assisted on a variety of public-facing and academic projects that aimed to promote the use of... Read More →

Regina Guo

Economics Major in the Legal Field
I spent this winter as an intern in GuoYao Law Firm, a comprehensive law firm established in China in accordance with the international practice of partnership. I was in a team dealing with financial loans and in charge of several credit card dispute, assisting lawyers to sort out... Read More →

Olivia Yanchik

Learning About Ethics and Guantanamo Bay
My internship was with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a New York charity/think tank. I was an outreach, development and research intern, and had various tasks such as providing research on the importance of ethics in political leadership and other subjects... Read More →

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