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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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Kate Ouimette

History Major
Eat Your Vegetables: Cultivating a Connection to History
Why should we care about 19th-century squash varieties or plants that are considered roadside weeds today? Cultivating a person's interest in this kind of history can be a daunting task, but drawing connections to the past can help us understand the contexts in which our current society was shaped. Over the summer, Kate interned at Old Sturbridge Village, a 19th-century living history museum portraying daily life in a rural New England village. Working as a costumed historical interpreter, she educated the public on the plants of our past, while maintaining a kitchen garden for a family of five. She also performed independent research in OSV's archives, using primary documents to compile new training material and reshape a demonstration program within the museum. Communicating the significance of historical plants to a general public was challenging but provided valuable insight into the realm of public histories.