The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2016

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Both a Borrower and a Lender Be: A Look at the Local Economy and Credit Culture in the Tarap Valley in Dolpa, Nepal, Alexa Adams, Bates College

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The Impact of Religion and Culture on Coparenting in Morocco, Corrine Ahrabi-Nejad, George Washington University

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Epigeal fauna of Bosque Protector Cerro Candelaria, Justine Albers, Swarthmore College

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Los factores influyentes en las perspectivas de aborto de los estudiantes universitarios en Santiago, Chile: desde lo conservador a lo contrario, Victoria Albert, Washington University in St. Louis

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Protecting the Right to Life of the Internally Displaced: An Examination of Encampment and Its Effects on the Communities in Unyama and Koro Sub-Counties in Gulu District, Northern Uganda, Ashley Alessandra, George Washington University

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Democratization in the Arab World: A Moroccan case study of Culture, Religion, and Governance, Marwah Al-Jilani, Oregon State University

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Goals of Aid Organizations and Perspectives of Employees: Urban Integration of Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Alysha Alloway, Macalester College

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Framing Feminine Identity: Exploring Ways of Being a Woman, through the Practice of Faith, and Ideas of Equality and Justice through Narratives of South African Muslim Women Activists, Rachel Anderson, University of Oregon

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University Expectations and Preparations at the Upper-Secondary School Level: A Case Study at the Experimental High School of Hanoi and Hanoi University, Charlotte Andrews, Hamilton College

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Comparison of Growth Rates in two Captive Bred Species of Atelopus (Anura; BUFONIDAE), at El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, Cecile Avery

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The Future of Agriculture in Cameroon in the Age of Agricultural Biotechnology, Audrey Ball, Washington University in St. Louis

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Globalization of the Food Industry: Transnational Food Corporations, the Spread of Processed Food, and Their Implications for Food Security and Nutrition, Elizabeth Black, Loyola University Chicago

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Women in the Religious Wave of Terrorism and Beyond: The West Versus the Rest An analysis of women’s motives and agency in Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, Regina Blaskie, Illinois Wesleyan University

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Perceptions of Dignity in Humanitarian Aid: A Postcolonial Critique of Syrian Refugee Response, Jonathon Burne, Williams College

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Rural Emergings, Urban Imaginings: The Effect of Urbanization on Senegalese Ethnic Identity, Arianna Calabrese, Georgetown University

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Un análisis post-colonial: la encarnación de la pérdida histórica en la manifestación de depresión en personas Mapuche en el contexto urbano, Haley Case, Whitman College

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La accesibilidad al Test de VPH y al Papanicolaou para la prevención del cáncer cervicouterino en servicios públicos de salud en San Miguel de Tucumán según la perspectiva de los profesionales de salud, Eve Cleghorn, Ithaca College

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David vs. Goliat: Políticas y prácticas exitosas de la DECOIN (Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag) durante la lucha contra la minería en Intag, Ecuador, Ana Teresa Colón García, Haverford College

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The Impact of Geopolitical Factors on the Future Economic Integration of ASEAN +3, Michael Corrigan, College of the Holy Cross

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The Changing Roles and Reputations of Dais in Rural Uttarakhand: An Investigation into the Maternal Health Services of Villages in Okhalkanda Block in Nainital, Jenna Davis, Vanderbilt University

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La creación de crianza: un retrato de la niñez en Martín Centeno, Sara Dean, Wesleyan University

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The Political Participation, Engagement, and Perceptions of President Magufuli Among Students at the College of African Wildlife Management, Carolyn Del Vecchio, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Las sobrevivientes: La represión social y política del trauma sufrido de las mujeres desde la dictadura, Savannah Ducharm, University of Colorado Boulder

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Reconciliation as a form of Cultural Catharsis: The Role of Theater in Revitalizing Kosovo-Serbian Relations, Sarah Edwards, Whitman College

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Migrant Access to Healthcare: A Study of Undocumented Migrant Access to Sexual Healthcare & Family Planning Services in Switzerland in 2016, Emily Egbert, Washington University in St. Louis

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Nutrient Cycling in the Amazon: A Comparison of Soil Characteristics, Insects, Root Types and Decomposition Rates between Varzea and Terra Firme habitats in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Mira Ensley-Field, Macalester College

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Obstetric Violence within the Brazilian Healthcare System: A Critical Analysis of the Childbirth Narratives of Tupinambá Indigenous Women from the Olivença, Ilhéus Community, Cassandra Fareira, University of Washington, Seattle

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Healthcare Access for Syrian Refugees Lacking Legal Documentation in Jordan, Caroline Flynn, Tulane University

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Traditional Fresh Markets and the Supermarket Revolution: A Case Study on Châu Long Market, Carly Giddings, George Washington University

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An Assessment of Soil Erosion on Pemba Island Using the Universal Soil Loss Equation, Emily Gillispie, Miami University

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Nesting trends of the Green (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles on Misali Island, Pemba, Thaowan Giorno and Megan Herrmann, Beloit College & Oberlin College

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La minería en la conciencia urbana: las estrategias de los YASunidos de Cuenca contra la minería en el Azuay, Alexandra Golden, Yale University

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Religion as a Social Determinant of Health in Muslim Countries: The Implementation of Positive Health Promotion, Perri Goldstein, University of Richmond

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Kila Wakati ni Wakati wa Chai: Mapping the Regional Commodity Chain of Tea in the Village of Sagara, Rebecca Gourlay, Boston College

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Annapurna’s Porters: Labor Conditions and the Factors that Shape Them, Ari Grant-Sasson, Middlebury College

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Tracking the Elephant (Lexodonta Africana) Corridor and the Human-­‐Wildlife Conflict in Esilalei Village, A Continuation Study, Victoria Gray and Cara Cappelletti, University of Colorado Boulder

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Perspectivas locales sobre el Litio en el Salar de Uyuni: Niveles de conocimiento y opiniones regionales sobre el proyecto que puede determinar el futuro del litio en el mundo, Gillian Greenberg, Washington University in St. Louis

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Local Flavors: A Look at Farm to Table in Samoa, Emily Grove, University of Richmond

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El método anticonceptivo implante subdérmico para prevenir la repetición del embarazo adolescente en la provincia de Tucumán, Madelaine Hack, Middlebury College

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Capacity Building of Health Workforce: Investigation of Training Process for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) Serving Refugee Populations in Host Communities, as Perceived by Participants and Trainers, Jerusalem Hadush, Yale University

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The Use Versus Availability of Wood Extraction at the Baga II Forest Reserve Border Adjacent to Kizanda Village in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, Rebecca Halter, Skidmore College

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Asessing the Implementation of HIV/AIDS Programs Amongst Youth Fisherfolk: The Case of Mbita, Kenya, Edward Ham, University of Rochester

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Del Movimiento Estudiantil a Revolución Democrática: Esperanza está en la institución, Jensen Handwork, University of Puget Sound

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A Critical Analysis of the Public Sphere: How the LGBTQ Movement Utilizes and Occupies Space in Morocco, Katherine Hirsch, Tufts University

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La reconstrucción del debate en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia: Una herramienta para la auto-­descolonización y el desarrollo de un pensamiento crítico entre jóvenes., Tessa Holtzman, Bates College

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El uso de terapias psicológicas en mujeres jóvenes en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA), Argentina, Batsheva Honig, Washington and Lee University

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Needle Exchange Programs and HIV/AIDS: A Comparison of the Use of Harm Reduction Methods in Switzerland and the United States of America, Margaret House, Brown University

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Symbiont type and photophysiology of Acropora loripes and Platygyra daedalea under future scenarios of rising ocean temperatures and pCO2, Lauren Howe-Kerr, Rice University

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¿Quién tiene la voz? Un estudio de murales y movimientos estudiantiles / Who has got the voice? A study of murals and students’ movements., Mara Imms,, Colgate University

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Student Protests at UCT: An Analysis of UCT Community's Perspectives of Tactics Used in the Fallist Movement, Laura Isdahl, Gustavus Adolphus College

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¿El derecho a una vida sin discriminación?: Un análisis de las representaciones discriminatorias sobre los migrantes bolivianos por parte de los residentes argentinos en el barrio porteño de Flores, Kelly Johnson, Ursinus College

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Avifaunal Community Composition in a Tropical Forest Corridor: A Case Study from the Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Don Jones, Middlebury College

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Economy and Decision: How Economic Factors Influence the Journeys and Destinations of Trans-Saharan Migrants in Oujda, Morocco, Dianne Kaiyoorawongs, Yale University

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A Comparative Study of Women’s Health Care: Non-Syrian Refugee Women Living in Amman and Syrian Refugee Women Living in Refugee Camps, Megan Kerstein, Washington University in St. Louis

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Paediatric Tuberculosis in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India: DOTS, Diagnosis, and Determinants, Emma Klein, Harvey Mudd College

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Sub-Saharan Refugees Finding Space and Place in Rabat, Morocco, Katherine Knapp, Indiana University- Bloomington

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Accessibility and Quality of Education for Refugees: A Case Study of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Meital Kupfer, George Washington University

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Flip Cup: Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption in Modern China, Helen Lamm, Wofford College

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L’insecte Sage in the Age of Global Climate Crisis: A Biocultural and Ontological Study of Vulnerability and Resilience in the Manakara Beekeeping Network, Tamar Law, Cornell University

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Proceso identitario: la vinculación entre la autoadscripción de jóvenes chinos-argentinos en Buenos Aires, Argentina y las oportunidades laborales, experiencias educativas y la conservación del idioma chino, Cassiopeia Lee, Smith College

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The Vibrant Traditions of Masaya: El Mestizaje as a Culture, a Process, and a State of Being, Isabelle Lee, Emory University

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Instead of Silence: Chinese Nicaraguans and the Formation of Identity across Two Cultures, Lisa Lee, Brown University

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Ñaan baat : Ousmane Sembène et l’adaptation wolof comme discours accessible sur la politique linguistique sénégalaise, Xavier Lee, Swarthmore College

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Educación del Paciente para el Auto Cuidado de la Diabetes en el Centro de Salud de Primaria Atención: Villa Verde en Partido de Pilar, Buenos Aires, Ethan Leigner, Tulane University

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Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Rivers Above and Below Four Hydroelectric Power Facilities in the Chiriquí Viejo and Chico Watersheds of Chiriquí, Panama, Tricia Light, Scripps College

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Suzhi at the Margins: Minority Politics and Identity Among the Mosuo, Graham Link, Yale-NUS College

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Navigating Cape Town: A Poetic Cartography, Sam Lin-Sommer, Brown University

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Trauma and Recovery in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda: An analysis of Trauma and its effects on the Family, Shelby Logan, George Washington University

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Cultural Capital: An Investigation in Community Sustainability, Harrison Luft, Occidental College

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CHILOÉ ESTÁ PRIVADO: Una investigación como un movimiento social genera cambio en un sistema centralizado, Nathan Madeira, Colby College

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Effect of Varied Disturbance Types on Dorylus (Anomma) molestus Defensive Behavior in the West Usumbara Mountains, Tanzania., Ryan Mahar, Bates College

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Uso, impacto y futuro del Mapudungun en la comunidad de Chapod, Tierney Marey, Duke University

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Trash on Taboga: a case study on solid waste management and feasible methods for sustainable improvements, Taboga Island, Panama, Madison Marra

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The Challenge of Adverse Selection to Domestic Seafood Markets in Vietnam: Assessing Consumer Demand and Supply-Side Policy Options, Eliot Martin, Vanderbilt University

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El fútbol femenino: Los implicaciones de ser una futbolista femenina en una cultura machista, Maya McCann, Smith College

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Women’s Views on the Challenges and Solutions in Preventing the Gendered Spread of HIV in Masxha, Cato Manor, Paige McMahon, Georgetown University

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A Precarious Paradigm: Seeking Alternatives to Public-Private Partnerships in Health, a Case for the Code, Lena Mininberg, Connecticut College

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Hanoians’ Experience: Suspending Moral Bias to Recognize Human Dimensions of War, Maggie Norsworthy, Lehigh University

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Laughing It Off The Role of Comedy and Humor in Combating Extremist Ideals in Jordan, Juan Nunez Ledesma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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FEMM Committee as Feminalist Space: Gendered Legislative Styles in the European Parliament, Madison Oakley, Beloit College

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Educating Global Citizens: Moroccan University Students’ Global Awareness and Perceptions, Julia Ohanyan, Elon University

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Los Derechos Humanos en un Contexto Local: La relación entre los derechos humanos y los movimientos Mapuche / Human Rights in a Local Context: Relationship between the Human Rights and the Mapuche movements., Lucas Richard-Virgene Paulson, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

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Dropping In: The emergence of skateboard culture in urban Nepal, Olivia Pincince, Brown University

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The Feminization of HIV/AIDS in Yunnan, China, Leah Pinckney, Gettysburg College

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An Old and New START to Russian—United States Nuclear Arms Control Agreements, Samantha Pitz, Washington University in St. Louis

Cameroon’s Political Opposition: Efforts and Obstacles Towards Political Change in Contemporary Cameroon, Clare Platt, George Washington University

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Foraging Time and Food Resource use of Geoffroy’s Tamarin (Saguinus geoffroyi) in an Urban Forest Landscape, Parque Natural Metropolitano, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, Rachael Pruitt, Gettysburg College

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Deaf or [insert ethnicity here]? The impact of South African Sign Language and Deaf community membership on the ethnic identities of three Deaf students in Cape Town, Leanna Quach, Ithaca College

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Exploration of the State of Mental Healthcare Services for Youth in Nairobi, Rashiidah Richardson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Food for Thought: Perceptions of Food Access and Heathful Eating in The Masxha Community, Hannah Richason, Indiana University

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Enough: Narratives of Migration on a Small-Farm in SidiBouafif, Steven Ring, Kenyon College

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One Nation Redefined: Tharu Identity and Activism in the Tarai, Julia Rosenheim, Yale University

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En toma. Desesperanza aprendida: El rol de la memoria colectiva en los movimientos estudiantiles. / Occupation. Learned Despair: The role of collective memory in the students’ movements., Abigail Rothstein, Brandeis University

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Wildlife Underpasses: Frequency of use by neotropic mammals in Parque Natural Metropolitano, Panamá City, Panamá, Kelly Russo, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Exploring Social Cohesion in South Africa Within the Context of Post Apartheid Racial-Disparity, Peter Schneider, Washington University in St. Louis

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Life in the Collective Era: How Land Cooperatives Tried (and Failed) to Promote Local-National Integration in Tunisia, Isaiah Sciford, Washington University in St. Louis

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“Ellas miran la realidad”: La sequía y la gestión de mujeres en Santa Julia, Nicaragua, Deborah Secular, Barnard College

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Special Education in Tunisia: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship, Kaitlan Shaub, College of William and Mary

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Neglect Amidst the Zika Epidemic: A Case Study on the Reach of Government Campaigns and Resources in Quilombo Community Praia Grande, Bahia, Jenna Sherman, Tufts University

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Water Quality in Relation to Land-use of the upper 62.8 Kilometers of the Santa Maria River, Santa Fe, Veraguas Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Indicators, Charlotte Steeves, University of Rhode Island