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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Emily Blomquist

Russian and Eurasian Studies Major
Nesting into Russian History: the Connection between History and Art in Museum Donations
I spent my summer interning at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This presentation will explore the connection between art and history that is inherent in all curatorial museum work, and specifically, in the donation of over 700 nesting dolls, lacquer boxes, Soviet-era stamps and ornaments. The differing concepts of value in association with these objects will be discussed in terms of real and perceived value. Lastly, we will consider how (certain) museums act as cultural centers for groups of people, while also serving as educational resources for the communities they serve.