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 - Living through History: Researching, Fundraising, and Zooming

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As a group, we each engaged in either fundraising or independent research. All of our work was either directly impacted by COVID-19 or studied it directly. Two of our group members did independent research associated with COVID-19, either with Zoom interviews or focusing on disability rights. The other two members of our panel worked in non-profit fundraising with the added layer of fundraising in a pandemic. Our talks collectively will touch on how COVID shaped our experiences, and how independent research and fundraising are important skills to develop for both researchers and those wishing to work in nonprofits. Finally, we all engaged with a global pandemic that required flexibility and adaptability. We will share how we each navigated a difficult transition to leverage our summers. 


Simran Kaur

The Impact of COVID-19 on New York and Boston Residents
From June to August of 2020, I interned remotely from New Hampshire as an Undergraduate Research Assistant with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a university based in Florida. I worked with Assistant Professor Dr. Tan on the beginning stages of a COVID-19 research project that... Read More →

Kayla Fennell

Fundraising for Research in COVID times
Going into the summer of 2020 I was planning on continuing my career path in climate justice and the non-profit sphere I looked at the skills that I needed to gain and saw a large gap in fundraising and development I was hired as a fundraising and development intern for Peace Rising... Read More →

Sabina Morris

Canada, Covid, and Conducting Research
This summer, I worked as a research assistant at the Live Work Well Center at the University of Guelph, a public university in Ontario, Canada. The Center focuses on political science and public health research and this summer produced work on Ontario’s response to the Covid-19... Read More →

Fiona Garner

The Mary Lyon Foundation: Helping Make Quality Education Happen
This past summer I interned at the Mary Lyon Foundation, a western-Massachusetts based non-profit organization that helps support quality education in its local towns. My job at the foundation was helping them get ready for their upcoming $1-$4 million campaign. That help took the... Read More →

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