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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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Margaret Randall-Neppl

Anthropology and Latin Major
How Do We Know? Producing Historical Knowledge through Archeology
A theory is only good for as long as it takes to be refuted by a new discovery. This is true for archaeology as much as for any other science. While working at the Villa del Virgigno Archaeological Project in Montelupo, Italy this summer, I was able to witness firsthand as a variety of working theories and explanations about the history we were unearthing were formulated, debated, and discarded in a period of a little over five weeks. In addition to gaining practical knowledge about archaeological processes, I was constantly made to consider and reconsider the nature of knowledge, and how we convince ourselves we know what we think we know. History is not waiting in the ground, simply to be picked up and dusted off; history is forged, and an excavation site can be a kiln for new ideas.