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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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Xinyi Hu

History & Psychology Major
Bringing the Past to the Present: Archaeological Fieldwork in Idalion
How does archaeology help us learn about the past? What does the life of an archaeologist look like? This summer, I dug in Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, an archaeological project excavating an ancient city kingdom in Dhali, Cyprus. I participated in the whole digging process of a late-Roman private residence, from clearing the field to refilling the site, and assisted the director to analyze the newly-discovered objects and send them to local museums. I learned the archaeological methodology and the analysis of objects, which brought the artifacts from the field to the display of history. Through visiting other archaeological sites and museums, I connected my findings to a larger picture of Near Eastern history. From my communication with experienced members in the project, I obtained a full image of an archaeologist’s life, which was fascinating in a way I had never imagined before.