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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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James Collings

History Major and Nexus in Public History, Museums, Archives
Why Coins Give Me Nightmares
I was given the opportunity to intern at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum this summer and largely worked with the ethnographic collections. My main project was looking at part of the coin collection, which is largely made of Greco-Roman coins and updating records for coins that had incomplete or missing information. As I had little prior experience looking at coins, I had to figure out how to quickly find accurate information on coins that might be worn or illegible, that are labeled as fake, or that just don’t exist in online databases. This presentation centers largely around the methodology of determining the background of a coin. Though most of the collection is made of coins from Greece and Rome, I will also talk a little about medieval coins from Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire and the historical context in which to place these coins.