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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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Lisa Burns

History Major
School Photos: Another Tool for Genealogy Research
Greater Boston Area
Historical societies are a vital component to preserving local history. These organizations collect and preserve items that connect the past to the present. Their archives may include equipment related to town industry, paintings from local artists, and regional textiles of historical significance. They also collect information about property and people that can greatly assist researchers. This summer Lisa Burns had the opportunity to incorporate her academic learning and interest in genealogical research at the Westminster Historical Society. There, she compiled data from hundreds of school photos and information from various sources, such as books, town records, and social media, to create a comprehensive database that will be accessible to the public. The database will allow visitors to view students’ ages, grades, graduation years, and the corresponding class register. Lisa plans to continue as a volunteer to complete every class photo in the archives.