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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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Robin Pegau

Sociology and Computer Science Major
The Elders Were Wild: Research and Organization at a Small Town's Museum and Library
What makes a community? What can the past tell us about our present? While working within my home town of Cordova, Alaska’s museum and library, I found myself in the lifeblood of my community, working with both the past and the present. While I helped create museum exhibits, did research for those seeking answers, and organized artifacts, I learned about Cordova’s past and how to make it accessible to the people I helped by creating a space for all in the library. Through stories, I share some Cordova’s history and how it came to be the home I know it as today, weaving in my experiences helping and forming my community.