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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Formalizing Through Finances: A Case Study with UNICS, Leah Kellenberger, The George Washington University

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Eco-Anxiety at University: Student Experiences and Academic Perspectives on Cultivating Healthy Emotional Responses to the Climate Crisis, Anna Kelly, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Tourism in Raja Ampat: New Chances and Challenges, Chloe King, The George Washington University

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The effects of thermal stress on fluorescent protein expression in an Indo-Pacific scleractinian coral species, Acropora tenuis, Anna Knochel, Rice University

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A Study of Reptile Community Diversity Related to Habitat Characteristics at Marojejy National Park, Julia Kowala, The College of Wooster

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The Taxonomy, Reproduction, and Distribution of Rare Plants: A Study of Magnolia sp. in the Río Zuñac Reserve, Ecuador, Alyssa Kullberg, Colby College

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At the Intersection of History, Diplomacy, and Domestic Affairs: Vietnam’s Difficult Position in the South China Sea Dispute, Michael Lanin, Skidmore College

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Picture This: The role of digital storytelling in motivating donations towards refugee relief, Mitra LeBuhn, University of Oregon

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Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technology in Mongolia Lee, Madeline Academic Director: Sanjaasuren, Ulziijargal Claremont McKenna College International Relations Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, Salkhit, Hatgal Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment SIT Study Abroad Spring, Madeline Lee, Claremont McKenna College

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Pottery and Politics: Understanding the Economic and Political Integration of Rwanda’s Batwa in Post Genocide Rwanda, Michelle Lee, Connecticut College

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Generational and Intragenerational Differences of the Postpartum Practice Zuo Yue Zi in Kunming, China, Angela Leocata, Harvard University

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Munnar Plantation Strike, 2015: a Case Study of Keralan Female Tea Workers’ Fight for Justice, Shoshana Levy, Barnard College

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ASEAN and the South China Sea: Approaches to Resolving the Conflict, Jennifer Jie Li, Harvard University

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Exploring Rwanda's Continuing Education Capacity for Information Communications Technology (ICT) Skills, Li Keen Lim, Northwestern University

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Understanding Sanitation Preferences: An Exploratory Study in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan, Karen Mac, Santa Clara University

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HIV Harm Reduction Methods: A Comparison Between Switzerland and the United States, Erin Major, Davidson College

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KUL SHAE MIZEAN—MOROCCAN RHETORIC OF RACISM: Obscured Moroccan Racism and Its Effects on Sub-Saharan African Refugees’ Integration in Rabat, Hannah Mangen

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Colonización, Globalización, Descolonización: Cambiar la Forma en que los Bolivianos Piensan sobre Cuestiones LGBT / Colonization, Globalization, Decolonization: Changing the Way Bolivians Think About LGBT Issues, Courtney Manning, Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

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Carbon Sequestration in the Cloud Forest: A Comparative Evaluation of Aboveground Biomass Carbon Stock Potential in the Río Guajalito Reserve, Elli Mapstone, Colby College

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Challenges and Successes of Adolescent Reproductive Healthcare and Education in Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil, Elana Margosis, Rice University

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Women of Leh Town, Ladakh: An Overview of Perceptions of Health, Health-Seeking Behaviors, and Access to Health Care, Sophia Marion, Bates College

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An Analysis of Positive Coping Mechanisms Utilized to Overcome Trauma in Post-Genocidal Rwanda, Danielle Marvin, The University of Iowa

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Developed Toast, Modern Laundry: Nepali Household Appliance Discourses, Maureen McCord, Wellesley College

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Water Injustice in Jendouba Governorate, Wilder McCoy, University of South Sewanee

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Reaching for the Heart: An Analysis of Language as a Weapon of Empathy For Three Capetonians, Sarah McDonald, Cornell University

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Transmitiendo la Identidad: Revalorización Sociopolítica del Kichwa por los Medios de Comunicación \ Transmitting Identity: Sociopolitical Revaluation of the Kichwa by the Media, Abi McDougal, Rice University

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A Review of 57 Zone: A social media network for TB consultation and communication in Kunming, China, India Medaris, Macalester College

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Managing Health in All the Helpers: A Survey of Mental Health Services for Humanitarian Aid Workers, Erin Mercado, University of Colorado Boulder

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Las consejerías estatales y no estatales para las mujeres víctimas de violencia de género: un estudio de caso de la Asociación Civil Corriente la Colectiva / The state and non-state councils for women victims of gender violence: a case study of la Asociación Civil Corriente la Colectiva., Elizabeth Millar, Davidson College

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The Methane-Oxidizing Capability of Pumice Biocovers on Icelandic Landfills, Mitchell P. Miller, St. Olaf College

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Identificando los Limites del Acceso a la Salud Reproductiva: Un análisis sobre las experiencias vividas por las mujeres guaraníes con los servicios de la salud reproductiva en la Villa 31 de Buenos Aires, Amelia Mitchell, Hamilton College

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Power to the Period: The Role of Menstruation in Nepal’s Formal Workplace, Johannah Mitchell, Cornell University

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Perdiendo el Paraíso: lo que el turismo se llevó de la Isla Isabela / Losing Paradise: what tourism took from Isabela Island, Dylan Souquet Moglen, Colby College

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Discourses of Psychiatry and Culture: The Interface Between Western and Traditional Medicine in the Treatment of Mental Illness, Madeline Molot, Barnard College

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The Shifting Roles of Dai Maas: An Intersection of Healthcare and Female Empowerment in Rural Udaipur, Julie Morel, Vassar College

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The Jagori Rural Charitable Trust Model: Menstrual Education of Women and Adolescent Girls in The Villages of Rural Dharamsala, Madelon Morford, Emory University

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Coral Bleaching and the Effect of Disturbances on the Damselfish Community on Lizard Island, Australia, Alejandra Munoz, Tufts University

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“Don’t Talk Like A European”: An Autoethnography Exploring Past and Current Students’ Visions on How to Decolonize Higher Education in South Africa, Ajetha Nadanasabesan, The George Washington University

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Life in Purple: An Exploration of Moroccan LGBT+ Identity and Migration, Olivia Leone Nicholas, Whitman College

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An Abbreviated Leap: The Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Significance of the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor to the New Silk Road, Emma Nichols, Vanderbilt University

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Public Transportation in the Middle East: A Study on the Sustainability and Efficacy of Taxis in Amman and the Future of Public Transportation, Henry Nieberg, Macalester College

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Vrai: The Culture of Knockoff Goods in Morocco Their Social Value, Utility, and Context in Contemporary Rabat, Peter Nyberg, Pomona College

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Quem Ama Não Mata: Brazilian Feminicide and Odara’s Black Feminist Luta, Jair Oballe, Duke University

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Hummingbird Foraging Preference: The Hierarchical Impacts of Color, Position, and Concentration on Visitation Frequency, Erin O'Connor, Colgate University

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El Suma Qamaña: La convivencia en relación a la salud según la gente Aymara de Arica, Codpa, y Putre / El Suma Qamaña: Coexistence in relation to health according to the Aymara people of Arica, Codpa, and Putre, Alison Ogawa, Amherst College

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Maternity Care: A Case Study at Centro de Parto Normal, Kemi Oladipo, Swarthmore College

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Perspectives on Language from Street Produce Vendors in Cape Town: An examination of education, trading, and development in the informal sector, Hannah Oldham, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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La continuidad de los juicios con el nuevo gobierno: El 2 x 1 / The continuity of the judgments with the new government: The 2 x 1, Julie Olesky, Connecticut College

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Vulnerability and Resilience: The Farmers of Sagara Village, Nick Olkovsky, Vassar College

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Tierra en Revuelta: La Presencia de la Cosmovisión Indígena en las Luchas de Resistencia en la Región de Qoyllurit’i \ Earth in Revolt: The Presence of the Indigenous Worldview in the Struggles of Resistance in The Region of Qoyllurit'i, Maya Pace, Tufts University

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El futuro indefinido del Barrio Puerto de Valparaíso: Explorando el nexo complicado entre la preservación del patrimonio y la gentrificación en el Barrio Puerto de Valparaíso / The indefinite future of the Puerto de Valparaíso neighborhood: Exploring the complicated nexus between heritage preservation and gentrification in the Puerto de Valparaíso neighborhood, Anne Paglia, Georgetown University

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Herpetoplogical survey across three distinct habitats in Ankarana National Park: Long-term effects of past land use on species composition in and around the park, Julia Park, Colby College

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Aiding Neocolonialism? Moroccan NGOs, International Actors, and Questions of Autonomy in Human Rights Advocacy, Neha Patel, Pomona College

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Coral species distribution and percent cover of sessile organisms on protected and non-protected coral reefs in Digir, Buga, Dubbir, and Kanir Kinnidup, Guna Yala, Panama, Sarah Paulson, Wesleyan University

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“Todas las comunidades tenemos solo un espíritu:” Un análisis del reciente surgimiento en activismo político y social de las mujeres indígenas de la Argentina y el discurso sobre si existe un “feminismo indígena.” / “All of the communities we have one spirit:” An analysis of the recent rise of political and social activism of indigenous women in Argentina and the discussion of whether an “indigenous feminism” exists., Larissa Peltola, Claremont McKenna College

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Queer and Shear Moroccan Societal Norms Impact on Queer Women, Catherine Pendry, Elon University

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Survey of Invasive Lantana camara at Makirovana-Tsihomanaomby Forest Complex, Eliza Pessereau, Macalester College

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La lucha por Kimsakocha: resistencia contra la minería en Azuay, Ecuador \ The struggle for Kimsakocha: resistance against mining in Azuay, Ecuador, Lydia Petroske, Whitman College

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Strategies for Environmental Education for Youths and Adults, Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar, Samantha Pfeffer, Gettysburg College

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Shift in Icelandic Plant Populations Due to Climate Change: Through the Lens of Natural Dyes, Molly Pluenneke, College of Charleston

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Where We Stand: a Case Study of Small Farmers’ Participation in a Farmer Producer Company (Fpc) in Telangana, India, Rachel Posner, College of William and Mary

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A Critical Examination of the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Literature in Nunavut, Canada, Sarah Prentice, University of Colorado Boulder

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Los emprendedores tecnológicos en Buenos Aires: Un análisis de la coyuntura actual y oportunidades para el futuro / Technological Entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires: An Analysis of the Present Situation and Opportunities for the Future, Amanda Price, Columbia University

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The Perceived Mental Health Effects of China’s One-Child Policy, Avery Rasmussen, University of Vermont

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Daycare, Decision-making, and the Determinants of Health: A Mother-centric Approach to Understanding Childcare and Child Health in Rural Dharamshala, Arielle Rawlings, Williams College

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No a la Tala: Percepciones sobre Reforestación en Cochabamba, Bolivia / No to La Tala: Perforations on Reforestation in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Kate Raybon, Macalester College

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"Why Can’t We All Get Along:" An analysis of Baka education, and the application of picture books in Baka, Kylie Richmond, Loyola University Chicago

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La educación multicultural: enfoques y brechas en cuatro escuelas municipales en Santiago, Chile / Multicultural education: approaches and gaps in four municipal schools in Santiago, Chile, Fiona Riebeling, Yale University

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Bridging the Gap from Policy to Practice: Diabetes in Rural Morocco, Zoe H. Robbin, Emory University

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Weaving Identity: Stories and Manifestations of Amazigh Carpet Weavers in the Moroccan Village of Tarmilat, Alessandra Roggero, Whittier College

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Here There Be Herders: Comparative Archaeological Survey of Bronze Age Monumental Landscapes, Charles Ronkos, Rice University

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Evaluating Frameworks for Multilateral Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Danielle Rosenthal, The George Washington University

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Hydrology and macroinvertebrates as biological indicators- an integrated study of the Río Zamora Watershed, Loja, Ecuador, Isabel Ryde, Macalester College

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The Business of Brandy: The Changing Roles of Women in Apple Brandy Production in Lower Mustang, Nepal, Madeline Sachs, Yale University

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DEFINIENDO LA CONCEPCIÓN DE LA SALUD MENTAL Y ESPIRITUAL: La Influencia de la Biomedicina y la Religión Occidental en la Comunidad Mapuche de La Araucanía, Maya Salvio, Smith College

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Physical Activity and Movement In the Classroom Setting, Coral Santos, St. Michael's College

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Factors that determine civil action in opposition to hydroelectric development along the Chiriquí Viejo River in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, Nora Sawyer, University of Oregon

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Solid Waste Management in the Developing World: The Role of Local Government in Kisumu, Kenya, Rachel Schlueter, Boston University

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The Role of Young Environmental Activists in Iceland and Furthering Youth Engagement with Environmental Issues, Story Schwantes, Colorado College

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The Power Dynamics of Language: An Analysis of the Positionality of Amazigh Language in Morocco, Jessica Schwed, Vassar College

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Las condiciones de vida de los usuarios adultos mayores del Hospital Makewe / The living conditions of elderly users of Makewe Hospital, Taylor Selembo, Tulane University

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Where Ethnography Breaks Down: The Ethics, Miscommunications, and Failures of My Independent Study Project, Natasha Shannon, University of Richmond

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Being Transgender and Seeking Healthcare in the World’s Most Liberal City, Nicole Sharpe, University of Colorado

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Chagas, enfermedad olvidada: Una perspectiva histórica de la prevención y control del Chagas en la provincia de Salta, Argentina (1909 – 2017) \ Chagas, A Forgotten Disease: A Historical Perspective on the Prevention and Control of Chagas in Salta Province, Argentina (1909 – 2017), Tara Shea, Yale University

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Avian species and family composition along elevational and disturbance gradients in Santa Fe National Park, Veraguas Province, Panamá, Benjamin Shipley, University of Colorado

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Discursos de Esclavitud: Un análisis de las implicaciones estratégicas de la retórica acerca de los talleres textiles informales de Buenos Aires y los migrantes bolivianos que trabajan en ellos / Discourses of Slavery: An analysis of the strategic implications of the rhetoric surrounding the sweatshops of Buenos Aires and the bolivian migrants who work in them, Tessa Silverman, Columbia University

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Land Insecurity in Gulu, Uganda: A Clash Between Culture and Capitalism, Zachary Slotkin, The George Washington University

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The Effect of Warming on Wind Speed and Potential Wind Power in Iceland, Alexei Smith, Hamilton College

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Agricultural Responses to Climate Change: A Study of Adaptive Farming Methods in Kizanda Village, Bailey Smith-Helman, Northwestern University

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Man and Land: Competing Ontologies, Colonial Legacies, and the Quest for Food Sovereignty, Savannah Smith, Vassar College

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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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From the Margins to the Frame: Social Identities and a “pan-Pacific” Moana, Keara Sternberg, Skidmore College

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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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When the Books Hit Back: Perceived Stress in University Students, Henry Stoddard, Tulane University

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After the Flood: Fish Farming and Climate Change Adaptation in Chitwan, Nepal, Signe Stroming, Georgetown 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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O Negro e O Poder: The significance of social support and positive Black identity formation through an Afro-Brazilian politico-cultural organization in Salvador, Bahia, Ninar Taha, University of Virginia

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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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Community Management and Governance of COMATSA-Sud New Protected Area (Ambalamanasy II Commune), Allison Tennant, Amherst College