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 - Consulting, Computers and Cognition: A liberal arts approach to data

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This panel will cover four different internship experiences relating to data analysis. Majors in computer science, neuroscience, and politics brought each of us to a different side of data analysis. With these different perspectives, we aim to demonstrate the widespread possibilities surrounding data and research. Our internships ranged from a Washington-based health policy lobbying and consulting firm to the ACTnext standardized testing company, to a professor’s cognitive neuroscience lab from Mount Holyoke College, to a professor’s data analysis research team backed by Harvard University. We will discuss how the remote work environment posed unique challenges in learning and using data analysis techniques, and how our interests and goals shifted as a result of our experiences. Despite the challenges, our shared liberal arts background enabled us to think critically and persist through difficulties in learning new programs and techniques, and communicating with supervisors remotely.


Phoebe Aaronson

Eye Tracking for Analysis and Problem-Solving in Standardized Testing
This summer, I interned remotely for ACTnext in a cognitive lab, working to improve assessment and problem-solving techniques. My role as the eye tracking data analyst included coding previously collected eye tracking videos into usable data through Observer XT eye tracking software... Read More →

Gabrielle Paquette

Coding and Cognitive Science: Experimental Design and Analysis in Linguistics
I spent the summer as a research assistant to Dr. Mara Breen, a cognitive psychologist and associate professor at Mount Holyoke College. My internship focused on linguistics, and had two main parts. The first was using Praat to analyze data about closure prosodic shift (CPS) in deaf... Read More →

Rose Sheehan

Starting in Software Development: Dynamic Code Analysis with Provenance
This summer, I worked with Dr. Barbara Lerner, a computer science professor at Mount Holyoke. Dr. Lerner’s research team collects and uses data provenance (the history of data) to add reliability to scientific research and provide insight into how data is processed over time. My... Read More →

Abby Bridgers

SNAP Data and Health Policy Consulting
 I spent 6 months at MJ Simon & Company, a health policy lobbying and consulting firm in Washington DC owned by Dr. Marsha Simon, MHC '73. In addition to taking notes at Congressional and Committee Hearings and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare events, I worked on a state Supplemental... Read More →

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