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 - Connecting to Land and Community Remotely and Physically

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Our panel explores the different ways we built connections to land and people through our internships. Through the changing circumstances of 2020, we each developed new methods of connecting to communities and our environments. Some panelists worked in-person, exploring the physical aspects of that connection through sustainable farming practices and direct community outreach, while others worked remotely and studied how the past can inform the present as part of long-term, ongoing projects. Through our wide range of research, skills and experiences, we all came away from our summer internships with deeper understandings of ourselves and the ways in which we connect with communities, land, and environments.


Audrey Shuart

Community Farm Intern
This summer I worked in Grow Food Northampton’s Giving Garden in Florence, Massachusetts. During my time as a community farm intern, I spent my days collaborating with other interns, volunteers, and the garden manager in order to implement sustainable agricultural practices. I connected... Read More →

Alexis Eldred

Sustainability Intern
In 2018, the City of Burlington Vermont announced the most ambitious climate goal for any community in the U.S.: “Net Zero Energy by 2030” (NZE by 2030). The City of Burlington hired me as a sustainability intern over the summer of 2020 to research how to holistically meet the... Read More →

Olivia Kipling-Brownlow

Farm and Community Intern
Throughout the summer and fall of 2020, I lived and worked at Buttermilk Farm CSA and Folk School in Osceola, Wisconsin.  During my time as a Farm and Community Intern, I was responsible for harvesting, packing, delivering, and donating food, and caring for our multiple animals... Read More →

Lauren Modic-Doyle

Assisting in Research on Free People of Color in DC in the 1800s
This summer, I worked remotely as a research assistant for a Mount Holyoke professor studying the lives of Free People of Color in Washington DC in the 1800s. I worked daily to digitize 1800s census data and made original interactive maps to display those demographics using ArcGIS... Read More →

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