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 2017

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Shifting Mental Health from the Back Burner: An Investigation of the Mental Health Treatment Gap, Eva Hanorah Stanton, Columbia University

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Una exploración del proceso de recuperación frente a desastres y las fuentes de resiliencia en Alimapu, "La Tierra Quemada” / An exploration of the disaster recovery process and sources of resilience in Alimapu, "La Tierra Quemada", Alison Stewart, Washington University

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Remembering Negdels: Nostalgia, Memory & Soviet-Era Herding Collectives, Maya Sutton-Smith, Connecticut College

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Gender Socialization in Chinese Schools: Teachers, Children and Gender Roles, Connor Swan, Williams College

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El estudio del viejismo en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires desde la perspectiva de los adultos mayores con diferentes coberturas de salud \ The Study of Ageism in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires from the Perspective of Older Adults with Different Health Coverage, Tara Tardino, Cornell University

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Superimposed Spatial Distributions of Environmental Risk and Socioeconomic Status in Spontaneous Housing, Elena Tesluk, Marist College

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Un Rescate Incompleto: Los Éxitos y Limitaciones del Programa de Educación Intercultural Bilingüe Como un Proyecto Anticolonialista / An Incomplete Rescue: The Successes and Limitations of the Bilingual Intercultural Education Program As an Anticolonialist Project, Aviva Thal, Vassar College

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Agrarian Reform in Sumber Klampok, Emma Trainor, University of Vermont

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Investigating geothermally-sourced H2S pollution in the Reykjavík area: a case study of early March 2017., Shawnee Traylor, Columbia University

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Impacts of Migration on Mosuo Cultural Identity: A case study of the Mosuo People in Lijiang, Isabel Ullmann, University of California, Berkeley

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Creating Safe Spaces in a Homonormative Society: A Study of The Hang-Out 010, Taryn Urban, Bucknell University

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The Economic Legacies of Lingering Colonialism: A Case Study in Identity and Multiculturalism in Northern Morocco and the Spanish Enclaves, Jeremy Vale, Colby College

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Kali Gandaki: The Road from Lower Mustang to a Global Food Market, Austin Van Wart, University of Wisconsin- Madison

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Digital Diplomacy and Its Effect on International Relations, Bridget Verrekia, Gettysburg College

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The Tribulations of Moroccan Child Laborers: A Forced Existence and Loss of Innocence, David Wien-Kandil, University of Mary Washington

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Las ofrendas a la tierra en un mundo global \ Offerings to land in a global world, Alison Wuensch, University of San Francisco

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Development of a Wild Infant Woolly Monkey Social interactions, time allocation and behavior of a wild Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii infant and her mother, Saba Zewdie, Whitman College

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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For a public-private partnership to achieve migrant health equality in Morocco: A Cross-Analysis of Integration Policies and Migrant Peer Educator Programs, Victoria Anders, Pomona College

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One Year Later: The Politics and Stories of Post-Earthquake Nepal, Boyer Andrew, Macalaster College

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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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Human Rights Education: A Tool for the Cultivation of National Human Rights Culture in Morocco, Page Benoit, Bard College

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Pathways to Positive Change: A People's Perspective of Healthcare in Humla, Wensday Meyers Berman, Macalester College

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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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Conservation as Mutualism: A Case Study of Thulo Syafru, Jennifer S. Brady, Bucknell University

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Así que, ¿qué podía hacer? / So what could I do?, Summer Brandimarte, University of Texas

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Geospasial Indonesia: The Utilization of Spatial Data Through Geographic Information Systems Across Indonesia in Various Environmental Contexts, Kaitlyn Bretz, University of South Carolina

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Relocation, Resistance and Resilience: Squatter Community Responses to Government Intervention for Urban Development in Kathmandu, Reilly Brooks, Rice 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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Access is not Enough: Family Planning in Dar Es Salaam, Claire Burrus, Trinity University

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"With My People": Tunisia’s LGBT NGOs and Activists, Meagan Burt, University of North Texas

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Emergency Medical Services and Public Policy in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, John Buyske, Pomona 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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Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines, Anna Caldwell, Franklin & Marshall College

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Una mueca irónica: !El travestismo como recurso artístico de las Yeguas del Apocalipsis / An ironic grin: ! Cross-dressing as an artistic resource of the Apocalypseof the Yeguas, Sophia Cantizano, Columbia 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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Independent Study Project: Investigation into the implications of zooarchaeological studies for climate reconstruction in the North Atlantic; zooarchaeological research at the Agricultural University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Hazel Cashman, Bates College

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Why Children, Adults and the Elderly are living on the streets in Moroccan cities and what Morocco is doing about it., Nora Charidah, Villanova University

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Benthic algae and diatom communities in seagrass meadows under three different human impact regimes in Bocas del Toro, Panamá, Averyl Cheng, Carleton College

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A Racism Without Race: A Moroccan Case Study of Race Denial, Leila Chreiteh, Agnes Scott College

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Talking Walls: Freeing Art in Bali, Indonesia, Lila Chu, Occidental 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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The Importance of Nature: An Investigation on How Geography Influences Well-being, Christina Cobb, Claremont McKenna College

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The Spike of Female Soccer Players in the Netherlands since 2010, Morgan Colley, Rollins 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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Watch Chöd Self: An Examination of Chöd, Its Practitioners, and Its Music, Weston Conner, Muhlenberg College

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The Influence of Raja Ravi Varma’s Mythological Subjects in Popular Art, Rachel Cooksey, Portland State University

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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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Making it work: Supporting contemporary artists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Michael Curran, Macalester College

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La construcción de una identidad propia por parte de las mujeres piqueteras de Claypole, como protagonistas, dentro del Frente de Organizaciones en Lucha (FOL) / Mujeres Piqueteras of Claypole Constructing their own Identity as Protagonists within the Frente de Organizaciones en Lucha (FOL), Luz Daniela Castro, Whittier College

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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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Dealing with Migratory Trauma: Mental Health Stressors and Coping Mechanisms among Sub-Saharan Migrants in Rabat, Morocco, Dominique DeFreece, Rhodes College

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Powerful Words: An Exploration of Linguistic Hierarchy in Moroccan Hospitals, Ellelan Degife, Pomona College

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Violating of Individual Privacy: Moroccan Perceptions of the Ban of VoIP Services, Tyler Delhees, Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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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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Orientalism and the Archaeological Survey(s) of India, Ilan Desai-Geller, Brown University

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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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Welcome to the Streets: Tracing the Development of Street Art in Nepal Since 2010, Malik Earle, Macalester College

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When The Hunt Is Over: Culture and Conservation in Kazakh Eagle Falconry, Nolan R. Ebner, Macalester College

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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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Multi-Sector Analysis of the Progress and Challenges of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Eradication in Rural Udaipur, Jessica Ellis, University of Texas at Austin

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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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Self-Perceptions of Disability and Impairment in an Indian Prosthetic Population using Jaipur Foot Technology, Litany Esguerra, University of Illinois at Chicago

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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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The Complex Combatant: Constructions of Victimhood and Perpetrator-hood in Gulu District, Northern Uganda, Kyra Fox, University of Wisconsin

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Protección de los niños y niñas indígenas: El caso del SENAME y el pueblo mapuche en Chile / 90/5000 Protection of indigenous children: The case of the SENAME and the Mapuche people in Chile, Maxine Freedman, Macalester College

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An Evolution of Tradition: Understanding the Unintended Effects of the 1999 Inheritance and Marital Property Law on Intra-Family Relationships in Rwanda., Pete Freeman, University of Notre Dame

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The development of a reproductive population of chorongos: Intergroup interactions, dispersal, and sexual behavior of Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii in natural rehabilitation on the island of Sumak Allpa, Ecuador, Rachel Gallegos, Duke University

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Vivas nos Queremos: Feminicidio en Bolivia, Taslim Tavarez Garcia, Pace University

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Los riesgos sobre la salud de los trabajadores inmigrantes bolivianos en los talleres textiles en la Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires: las experiencias de los trabajadores de la Cooperativa La Alameda / The health risks of Bolivian immigrant workers in textile workshops in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires: The experiences of workers at cooperative La Alameda, Marian Gardner, Brandeis 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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Maternal Healthcare in Eastern Uganda: The Three Delays, Mothers Making Empowered Choices, and Combatting Maternal Mortality, Emma Gier, DePaul 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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The Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Political Aspects of Nuclear Power in a Modern Context, Eve Gleeson, Emory University

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Exploring Access to Portable Water and Sanitation Practices in a Post-Conflict Environment: The Case of Gulu District, Northern Uganda, Peyton Going, St. Norbert 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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Estudio acerca del apoyo educacional y laboral para alumnos en situación de discapacidad intelectual: El caso de cinco instituciones de educación especial en Santiago, Viña del Mar y San Antonio / Study on educational and work support for students in situations of intellectual disability: The case of five special education institutions in Santiago, Viña del Mar and San Antonio, Sophia Gomez, Tufts University

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

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Proxy Dating in Iceland Testing the validity of Silene acaulis as a phytometric proxy, Madelyn Grant, Williams 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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Resource Quality and Defense: Feeding Behaviors and Female Territoriality in Two Species of Tropical Hummingbird, Briana Grether

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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