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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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Claire Han

Economics and Math Major
Global Tobacco Market: Applying Models from Neoclassical Economics and Analyzing Mergers
In my independent research, I defined the global tobacco market through a comparison of the top 10 largest tobacco companies’ market shares, increasing or decreasing tobacco sales in developing and developed countries, and a rising competitive structure between emerging companies from China and the dominant western tobacco companies. 1) Are marijuana and cigarettes substitutes or complements? 2) Do political regulations for tobacco industries on pricing, advertising, and taxing substantially discourage smokers and potential smokers? 3) Are new technologies of e-cigarettes inversely related with the world tobacco sales? I further analyze the approved domestic merger between Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard in 2015. With the market definition, the market condition, and the regulation, I conclude that the proposed international merger (2017) between British American Tobacco (BAT) and RAI carries the risk of anti-competition because the global market is highly concentrated.