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Leaping into College

LEAP is a University of Utah program designed to prepare new students to transition into college by providing small classes, active engagement on campus and a pipeline into scholarships and employment. Each student is assigned their own personal librarian so they have guidance in research, citations, and other skills. Librarians from both the J. Willard Marriott Library and from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library also teach classes within the LEAP program; a few examples include Health Inequities, Community Engaged Learning and Engineering for Minoritized Students in STEM. Scholarships are also awarded.

Each April the LEAP students show-off their capstone project posters at the LEAP Symposium. Librarians serve as judges, covering each academic category.

The 2024 winners!
Best Use of Research and Resources - Brayden Benedetti, Christian Kline, Thibaut Roger-Dalbert, “Wireless Guide Dog: A Smart Guidance and Feedback System to Aid the Blind”
Best Visual Component - Lilly Allen, Zaira Diaz, Rya Sherry, “Conservation and Creation: A spotlight on artist’s work relating to the conservation and mourning of the Great Salt Lake”
Best Storymap - Camary Davis, Ava Honigman, Tommy Wilde, Rylee Lewandowski, Liam Camp, “Salt Lake City Punk Culture: The Political, Social, and Geographic Impact (1990-1999)”
Best Poster – Art Engagement: Max Hoelzer, Trevor Williams, Mariana Yukari, “Critical Art Analysis of Welcome to the Internet”
Best Poster – Health Inequities: Victoria Pisa, Quinne Shultz, Macy Sorensen, Emma Thompson, “Health Inequities in the LGBTQ Community”
Best Poster – Disability and Quality of Life: Adam Billings, Ethan Palisoc, Quinn Randall, “Beyond the Bare Minimum: An Introductory Analysis of Assistance Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act”
Best Poster – Narrative Medicine: Meghan Andrews, “Experiencing PTSD During Pregnancy”
Crowd Favorite – Jack Nettleton, Madison Murray, Ken Huang, “Beyond Boundaries: Enriching Lives through Virtual Reality Innovations for Disabilities”

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  • Best Zine – Jasmine Flores, “Who?”
  • Best Infographic – Ulises Alvarado, Aidan Harshany, Elena Husarik, Alexus Quayson-Sackey, “Blacks and High Rates of HIV/AIDS”
  • Best in Games – Zain Kergaye, “Zain’s Board Game of Life”
LEAP Peer Advisor Scholarship: Leya Joseph, Abby Neukamm, Maximus Rhineer, and Max Hoelzer each won the LEAP Peer Advisor Scholarship.
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