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 2018

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Development of Health Rehabilitation in Mainland China: From Traditional Chinese Medicine to Modern Western Rehabilitation Methods, Michelle Moy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Submissions from 2017

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Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Genocide Ex-Prisoners: Understanding the Correctional Role of Prisons in Rwanda, Lulu Abdun, Miami University

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'You become a rock': Conceptions of motherhood and lessons of race as told and photographed by four mothers from Cape Town, South Africa, Kaitlin Abrams, Colgate University

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Tourism and the Vrankrijk as a Safe(r) Space, Megan Adams, American University

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Music as the Guide on the Pathway to Empowerment and Wellbeing. A Narrative on an arts-based Holistic Health Solution., Sabine Adler, Ithaca College

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El movimiento que aún falta: ¿De qué forma existe y se promueve la educación teatral en las escuelas de Chile? ¿Cómo se ensena el teatro en los liceos con conexión al cambio social? / The movement that is still missing: How does theater education exist and is promoted in schools in Chile? How is theater taught in high schools with connection to social change?, Andrés G. Aguilar, Hamilton College

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What, where, why: a survey of Felidae populations at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Tanzania, Lucrecia Aguilar, Rice University

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Homefulness: The Cultural Safety Net in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Joshua Ahearn, Gordon College

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Who Am I? The Relationship between Cultural Identity and Globalization within the Local and Global Intersections, Nir Aish, Bucknell University

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Convivendo na Lagoa do Mineiro: An Education in Living and Loving With, Daniela Aldrich, Dickinson College

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Panji's Present Predicament: the artistic prominence and tension of the Malat in painting and contemporary Balinese performance, Emily Austin, Washington and Lee University

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Fish community assessment of the Bonyic and Teribe Rivers within the Naso-Teribe territory Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Possible implications of Bonyic Dam., Shaylyn Austin, University of Michigan

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Tourism and Representation: Digital Expressions and Implications of Orientalism, Lily P. Ayau, Occidental College

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Investigation de regeneración natural de plantas vasculares en la Reserva Madrigal del Podocarpus / Investigation of natural regeneration of vascular plants in the Madrigal Reserve of the Podocarpus, Sy Baker, University of Colorado

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A Glimpse into Life on Avenida Caetano: An Auto-Ethnographical Study with Emphasis on Community Health and Social Determinants of Health within an Urban Context in Brotas, Salvador, Brazil, Harleen Bal, University of Richmond

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Un vistazo interior al sistema educativo público de Managua: Las voces de estudiantes, padres y maestros, Karla Barron, University of Southern California

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“Que rica...”: sexualización y exotificación de mujeres migrantes y sus experiencias y percepciones en el centro urbano de Santiago / "How rich ...": sexualization and exotification of migrant women and their experiences and perceptions in the urban center of Santiago, Alexandra Barton, Lafayette College

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El acceso y uso de las pruebas genéticas para la detección precoz de enfermedades congénitas en mujeres embarazadas en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires en el año 2017 \ The access and use of genetic tests for early detection of congenital diseases in pregnant women in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in the year 2017, Anna Anna Bauer, Franklin & Marshall

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Olas de cambio: Violencia política y desplazamiento durante la Guerra Interna en el Perú (1980-2000), Sarah Benewith, University of San Francisco

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Katelyn Bergl, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Impact of Program Structure on Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence: A Comparative Study of Study Abroad Programs in Kunming, China, Samantha Bergman, Smith College

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La resistencia cultural a través del Teatro de las oprimidas para la cultivación de la subjetividad de la mujer en un contexto de violencia de género: un estudio de caso del Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía / Cultural resistance and the cultivation of the subjective through theatre of the oppressed for the woman in a context of gender violence: a case study with Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía in Jose Leon Suarez, Province of Buenos Aires, Lela Biggus, Providence College

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Pluralism and Religious Education In Bali: How lack of implementation of educational reform threatens Indonesian identity in the system used to construct it, Nikolai O. Birch, Occidental College

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From Kipat to Kathmandu: A Failed Integration of Limbu People into the Nepali State in Biblate, Ilam, Andrew Blunt, Bowdoin College

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The Environmental Paris-ite: The Current and Potential Impacts of the Paris Agreement on Sustainable Finance and the Global Market, Caitlin Boelsen, University of Minnesota

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Foreign Business Entrepreneurship in Cape Town: How To Start A Business - Stories Of 6 Cape Town Based Immigrants, Aleksandra Bogoevska, Hamilton College

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What’s Food Got to Do With It?: The Host Mother’s Role in the Cultural Education of Students Studying Abroad in the Rabat Medina, Isabel Bonhomme, The College of Wooster

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Pololeo y Protección: Las barreras de acceso a métodos anticonceptivos para adolescentes vulnerables en la comuna de Macul, Santiago de Chile / Pololeo y Protección: Barriers to access contraceptive methods for vulnerable adolescents in the district of Macul, Santiago de Chile, Louisa Boswell, Davidson College

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Whiteness Under Pressure: Race, Masculinities, and the Negotiation of Power in a Transforming South Africa, Sarah Bradach, Washington University in St. Louis

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Supermarket savvy: An analysis of psychological exploitation within grocery stores, Calvin Brinkworth, Washington University

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Distribution, diversity, and den locations of Canidae and Hyaenidae species across habitat type at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Grace Bullington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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El Comienzo de un Cuento: Los Desafíos de Promover la Lectura Infantil en Cochabamba / The Beginning of a Story: The Challenges of Promoting Children's Reading in Cochabamba, Cecilia Caro, Macalester College

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Linguistic Imperialism in Jordan: The Impact of English Education Curriculum on Cultural Behaviors of Secondary Students in Amman, Haley Chatwin, Colorado State University

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SYRIAN REFUGEES’ LIVED EXPERIENCES IN MOROCCO, Hannah Chenok, Colgate University

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Assessing the Successes of and Challenges Facing Civil Society Organizations in South Africa, in Influencing Gender-Based Violence Policy, Sarah Connolly, Wesleyan University

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The Roles of Activism and Citizen Science in the Area Covered by the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, Ian Corbet, Washington University in St. Louis

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When the Health System Fails You: Maternal Care Under Kenya’s 2017 Nurses' Strike, Tessa Coughtrey-Davenport, The George Washington University

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Pasantía a la Oficina Comunal de Migrantes de la Municipalidad de Valparaíso / Internship to the Communal Office of Migrants of the Municipality of Valparaíso, Morgan Craig, Oregon State University

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Getting Down to Cannabusiness: How to Proceed with Morocco’s Cannabis Industry & the Resulting Economic and Social Impacts, Laura David, Kenyon College

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Pteropus voeltzkowi and the Understory: A Study of the Behavioral Impacts of the Pemba Flying Fox on the Vegetation and Soil Quality of Pemba Island, Lea Davidson, Macalester College

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Ignorance is Bliss: The Impacts of International Travel and Education on Political Beliefs, Kyle Decker, Loyola University

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Jabal al-weibdeh: a counter-memory of amman a case study in the resistance of memory, Gwendolyn Dilworth, University of Virginia

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Decadal vegetation succession along a chronosequence within Eucalyptus obliqua wet forest, southern Tasmania, Christine Dobbin, Rice University

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Tibetan Women’s Experiences with Childbirth: A Comparative Study of Present-Day Shangri-La and Previous Studies in Tibetan Communities, Billie Dunn-McMartin, Guilford College

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a Danza de las Tijeras Continuidad Dinámica y Reivindicación de la Identidad Indígena Andina / Dance of the Scissors Dynamic Continuity and Reclamation of Andean Indigenous Identity, Cinthia Durán, Skidmore College

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La negación de las experiencias de los afrodescendientes en Chile: La manera sistemática para mantener las jerarquías raciales en la sociedad chilena / The denial of the experiences of Afro-descendants in Chile: The systematic way to maintain racial hierarchies in Chilean society, Hailey Dutkin, Colby College

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Betanzos: enfrentando el cambio climático \ Betanzos: Confronting Climate Change, Cody Eaton, Tufts University

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Prevalence of Moniliophthora roreri in Theobroma cacao in relation to clone variety, community composition, environmental factors in an organic cacao farm in Charagre, Bocas del Toro, Panamá: A case study, Kara Eckberg, University of Minnesota

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Una aproximación al proceso de construcción de la identidad cultural coreano-argentina en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires / An Approach to the Korean-Argentine Ethnic and Cultural Identity in the City of Buenos Aires, Hyeree Ellis, DePauw University

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Women Who Surf in Morocco, Anna Esposito, Bates College

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Environmental Education in Post-green Revolution Punjab, Qing Fan, Pomona College

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A Companion to “Soulaliyate” Form Justification and Artistic Explanation, Rosalind Faulkner, Pamona College

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A Comparative Case Study of American and Ugandan Refugee Policies, Anna Feins, Boston College

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“Todavía nos falta”: Un análisis etnográfico del género y la clase social en un club deportivo barrial en el Sureste de la ciudad de Buenos Aires / "We still lack": An ethnographic analysis of gender and social class in a neighborhood sports club in the Southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, Alonso Fernández, Southwestern University

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UNA INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE LA PREVALENCIA DE LA LACTANCIA MATERNA / 62/5000 AN INVESTIGATION ON THE PREVALENCE OF BREASTFEEDING, Madeline Ferone, Emory University

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¡El agua es nuestra! Pensar desde afuera del discurso de ‘público vs privado’ / The water is ours! Thinking from outside the 'public vs. private' speech, Julius Figueroa, Columbia University

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Subversion and the State: Politics of Moroccan Hip-Hop and Rap Music, Grace Findlen-Golden, Vassar College

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Czech Artivism: The Function of Activist Art in Czech Political Culture, Kristen Fontaine, Stonehill College

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Sex work and compromised health: Health conditions and the barriers to accessing treatment services in Pelourinho, Salvador, Amelia Fox, University of Denver

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Sí o No a la Carretera: Las distintas perspectivas geopolíticas en el debate sobre la carretera a través del TIPNIS / Yes or No to the Road: The different geopolitical perspectives in the debate on the road through the TIPNIS, Brigid Freed, Macalester College

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La Militancia, el feminismo y la participación de poblaciones marginales: El estudio de la Asociación Civil Juana Azurduy / Militancy, feminism and the participation of marginal populations: The study of the Civil Association Juana Azurduy, Claudia Freeman, Washington University

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Cultivating Peace through Teaching History in Rwandan Secondary Schools: Opportunities and Challenges, Brittany Fried, Georgetown University

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¿Querías salir embarazada?: La cultura y la salud de las embarazadas en Puerto Bello / Did you want to get pregnant?: The culture and health of pregnant women in Puerto Bello, Jessie Malone Friedman, Whitman College

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Utilization and Accessibility of Securinega Virosa for Medical Use in Morogoro Municipality, Sasha Friedrich, Harvey Mudd College

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A Comparative Study of the Barriers to HIV Self-Management Among Myanmar Migrant and Han Chinese Women in Yunnan, China, Anna Gaden, Bates College

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Prey naïveté and predator-prey interactions between Pterois volitans, Pomacentridae, and Tetraodontidae in two reefs in the Guna Yala Archipelago, Panama, Jesse Garrett-Larsen, College of Wooster

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The Disappearance of Nyoman and Ketut, Laura Michelle Garvie, University of Maryland

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Mental Illness Stigma, Socially Acceptable Treatment, and Barriers to Health, Frances Renee Gellert, Colorado College

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¿Trabajando juntos? La dinámica de la relación entre movimiento estudiantil y movimiento docente de 2014-2015 / Working together? The dynamics of the relationship between student movement and teacher movement 2014-2015, Klielle Glanzberg-Krainin, Tufts University

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Twisting the Tap: Water Scarcity and Conflict in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin, Samantha Glass, Yale University

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Monitoring Anuran Populations in Bosque Protector Candelaria: A multi-year comparison of frog populations in an Ecuadorian cloud forest, Mindee Goodrum, St. Michael's College

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Health Literacy Skills of Aging Populations and Its Impact on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Peter Gorman, DePauw University

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¿Dónde está Santiago Maldonado? El uso del retrato y el activismo artístico para exigir la ' aparición con vida ' de los desapariciones forzadas en Argentina / ¿Dónde está Santiago Maldonado? The use of portraiture and artistic activism to demand for the ‘ aparición con vida ’ of the forcibly disappeared in Argentina, Emily Gresham Beamer, University of Washington

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Counting Crabs: Assessment of Mangrove Crab Diversity and Density Among Three Sites in Ushongo, Tanzania, Clarasophia Gust, Occidental College

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Small-Scale Farming of Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) at Unguja Ukuu, Zanzibar, Claire Hacker, Cornell University

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When Knowledge Flows: A Case Study of Village Health Workers’ Motivations in Jamkhed, Selaem Hadera, Emory University

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Losing Faith: An Exploration of Village Ponds in the Thar Desert, Pentti Hanlon, Dickinson College

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Ethical Business Practice, Accountability, and Quality Assurance: Primary Drivers for Sustainable Tourism Development in Iceland, Abigail Harrison, Haverford College

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Into the lion’s den: Feeding behavior and territorial range of Pterois volitans on 3 reefs near El Porvenir, Guna Yala, Andrew Harwell, University of North Texas

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Resilience of Romanian Institutions during the Global Gag Rule: 20012007, Sara Hayet, Lafayette College

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Somos tierra floreciendo: El surgimiento de la literatura kichwa como herramienta política y cultural, Kaia Heimer-Bumstead, Smith College

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"Ewondo in the Classes, French for the Masses." Mother-Tongue Education in Yaoundé, Cameroon., Parker Henry, Indiana University

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Equity and Community-Based Health Insurance: How does insurance coverage affect health seeking behavior among disadvantaged groups in India?, Hazel Hering, Occidental College

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Quality of Water in Relation to Diarrheal Disease Incidence in Obunga, Tianna Herman, Rhodes College

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Cuba’s use of Medical Diplomacy: Establishing Global Significance and Influence, Juan Herzberg, Columbia University

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Surveying the Distributions of Melaleuca quinquenervia, Psidium cattleianum, and Litsea glutinosa at Analalava Special Reserve, Hanusia Higgins, Washington University in St. Louis

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Abordajes de nuevos tratamientos para la enfermedad de Chagas y su potencial aplicación en pacientes desde las perspectivas de los profesionales en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Approaches to New Treatments for Chagas Disease and their Potential Application in Patients from the Perspectives of Professionals in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chelsea Hipwell, Lehigh University

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The Role of NGOs As Intermediaries: Negotiating the Space Between Donors and Community Members, Mara Horn, Washington University in St. Louis

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La valorización de la educación superior para estudiantes indígenas en Madre de Dios: Interrogando discursos y acciones del estado, la FENAMAD, y los estudiantes indígenas / The valorisation of higher education for indigenous students in Madre de Dios: Interrogating speeches and actions of the state, FENAMAD, and indigenous students, Sierra Houck, University of North Carolina

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La música como una forma de educación: Canciones para Cambios Sociales / Music as a form of education: Songs for Social Changes, Di Hu, Colby College

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Jordanian Public University Student Voter Participation in Parliamentary Elections, Sean Hyland, Franklin Marshall College

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Regulating the Reguliers: How the Normalization of Gays and Lesbians in Dutch Society Impacts LGBTQ Nightlife, Laura Jacobs, Smith College

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Staring Down Street Harassment: Women’s perspectives of street harassment in Tunisia, Aliya Jessa, Bowdoin College

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Access to Information and Services Regarding Maternal Health and Healthcare Within Tribal Communities Around Udaipur, Rajasthan, Arista Jhanjee, Georgetown University

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Shrimp Aquaculture in Aguadulce: Impacts on mangrove forest health and shrimp larvae populations in two sites on the Salado coastline, Nick Jickling, Hamilton College

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The Writing on the Walls: Street art as a site of participation in discourse and a platform for voice in the Moroccan public sphere, Natalie Johnson, University of North Carolina

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Bacteria Mitigation in Sponge Mariculture, Jambiani Zanzibar, Claire Johnston, Barnard College

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Caring for caregivers: challenges facing informal palliative caregivers in Western Kenya, Hartlee Johnston, Davidson College

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“Porque soy Madre”: Un análisis del rol de la maternidad en la organización “Multisectorial contra la Violencia Institucional” en Rosario, Santa Fe / “Because I’m a mother”: An Analysis of the Role of Maternity in the Organization “Multisectorial against Institutional Violence” in Rosario, Santa Fe, Daisy Jones, Davidson College

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The Fish Community of Misali Island: Recommendations for Conservation Management and Implications for Mixed-Use Conservation Areas, Stuart Jones, William & Mary