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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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Sabah Majid Lotia

Economics Major
Health and Economics: a New Approach to Health Policy
In today’s world, some of the greatest health policy challenges are economic in nature. Whether they are global, community or individual-level healthcare systems, such macroeconomic and microeconomic fundamentals affect our lives on a daily basis. As a result, making efficient policy decisions involves conducting rigorous economic research that relies on both empirical evidence and theoretical models. This past summer, I interned as a research assistant in the economics department at the University of Houston. As part of this role, I facilitated conducting research that focuses on regional health-care systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, my role entailed evaluating the effects of WHO and UN AIDS interventions in the local community. As a result, I got to apply the knowledge gathered through my coursework in an interdisciplinary manner. In this presentation, I will explore the different aspects of economic research and its scope in making effective health policy decisions. Additionally, I will focus on the process of finding this research internship, acclimating to a new work environment and making the most out of my experience.