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 2006

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Una Reflexión Sobre la Responsabilidad Extracontractual del Estado en el Ecuador, Christopher Dinkel, Pomona College

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Sea Urchin Predation in Misali Island Marine Park, Nicole Esclamado, Harvey Mudd College

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The Cyprus Property Issue: A Study on Proactive Steps to a Resolution, Anya Esmaili, University of Redlands

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Dai Medicine: Preservation of and Changes in Ancient Healing Practices, Geoffroy Fauchet

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“Sou Doméstica:” Construções de Identidade e Saúde das Trabalhadoras Domésticas Salvador, Bahia Brasil, Jenny Fauci, Harvard University

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Migrant Working Children in Ho Chi Minh City: Emerging Trends Between Economic Migrant and Runaway Child Workers, Paige Fern, Georgetown University

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Casa da Mulher do Nordeste: Feminist Visions of Development, Sarah Frazer, University of Richmond

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La Economía Solidaria: Ayudando a las Mujeres a Cambiar su Destino de Pobreza, Michele Frix, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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Here, There, and Everywhere: Tale-ing Liz Weir; Uses of Storytelling in Northern Ireland Today, Leanne Gaffney, Harvard University

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Chinese Landscape Painting, Maria Gambarov, Williams College

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From Soldiers of War to Soldiers of Peace: La Red de Promotores de Paz y Desarrollo, Stephanie Gharakhanian, University of Notre Dame

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Commercial Fishing, Jessica Glenn, Bucknell University

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The Art of Building Peace: How the Visual Arts Aid Peace-Building Initiatives in Cyprus, Daniella Gold, Brandeis University

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Mormonism in Samoa: Cultural Dialogues, Jessica Goman, Macalester College

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Stones, Slabs, and Stelae: The Origins and Symbolism of Contemporary Oromo Burial Practice and Grave Art, Christopher Grant, University of Chicago

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De Movimiento Político a Cooperativa Una Investigación de la Evolución del MTD-La Matanza, Will Greene, Stanford University

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What is Available vs. What is Accessible: An Evaluation of Resources for KwaZulu Natal Diabetics Based on the Data of KwaZulu Natal Experts and Cato Manor Diabetics, Mollie Gurian, Carleton College

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Uma Doença Esquecida: A Falta de Conhecimento da Hanseníase no Brasi, Anders Gustafson, Davidson College

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Percepciones de la Clase Obrera Acerca de la Central Unitaria de Trabajadores, Timothy Hatfield, Kenyon College

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Neutrality in Ireland: The War on Terror, the Use of Shannon Airport and the Irish Anti-War Movement, Margaret Havemann, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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¿Resolver la Tragedia de las Comunas? La Experiencia de la Caleta El Quisco, Amelia Hawkins, Wiliams College

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Bienes Raíces en la Comuna de Pucón, Brendan Hayes, Duke University

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The Effects of the Makgadikgadi Wildlife Fence on Cattle Populations and Local Cattle Industry, Jenny Hazelhurst and Elliot Vander Kolk, University of California - San Diego, Claremont McKenna College

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Nieuwe Moslima’s: Gender Discourse, Identity, and Conversion in the Netherlands, Jenna Henderson, Yale University

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Democratic Control of Armed Forces: An Analysis of the Role of the Parliamentary Assembly in the Defense Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elisabeth Hubbard, Davidson College

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La Política Comercial de la República Oriental de Uruguay: La Integración en el MERCOSUR y las Negociaciones de Libre Comercio con los Estados Unidos, Patrick Hudson, University of Virginia - Main Campus

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Voices From the Closet: Male Homosexuality and Dual Identity in the Republic of Cyprus, Tasia Jelatis-Hoke, Macalester College

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Nutrient Recycling: Rural On-Site Wastewater Disposal and Treatment in Can Tho City, Viet Nam, Micah Johnson, Berea College

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Nixi: A Case Study of the Influences of China’s Economic Development on the Fringe of Tibet, Zachary Johnson, Plymouth State College

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Antipodean Inscapes: Reflection of the Land as a Young Man, Michael Kantor, Vassar College

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State-Sponsored Terror and Security Force Collusion in Northern Ireland, Nate Keenan, St. Michael's College

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Climbing the Limitless Mountain: Daoism and the Internal Martial Arts, Sophie Kerman, Carleton College

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Individual Responsibility Concerning HIV Transmission Among MSM: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of NGO Intervention Policies and Their Practical Applications Within the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands, Martha Kienbaum, Smith College

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La Economía Solidaria: Las Limitaciones, las Contribuciones, y los Valores Comunes de una respuesta inherentemente local Dos estudios de campo, Alissa Kimmel, Wesleyan University

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Outing the Center: Homophobia in Jamaica, Jamilah King, Pitzer College

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Education for Survival: Roma and Hopes for the Future, Keevan Labowitz, University of California - Santa Cruz

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Male Istine: A Collection of Short Stories and Prose Exhibiting Pre-War Lifestyles, Experiences, Ideals, & Memories, Adriana LeBaron, University of San Francisco

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Fire Making Fuel: How a Surface Fire in a Primary Forest Affected the Availability of Potential Fuel One Year Later, Alex Leckie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Learning to Fight: The MST’s Escola Nacional and its Pedagogy of Resistance, Marisol León, Yale University

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La Medicina Mapuche: Cosmovisión e Identidad, Pérdida y Recuperación, Claudia Grace Lesser, Wesleyan University

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La Ley de Maternidad Gratuita en Intag: Su Aplicación, Educación y Uso, Stephanie Lewis, Gustavus Adolphus College

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How to Bridge the Gap: An Analysis of the Coverage and Efficacy of Volunteer Counseling and Testing Centers in Suba District, Kenya, Joseph Lippi, Boston University

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Corruption in Montenegro Untangling the Knot, Anna Lipton Galbraith, Wesleyan University

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Decision Modeling: Why farmers Do or Do Not Convert to Organic Farming, Ryan Locke, University of Richmond

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Pedro Almodóvar y la Representación de la Mujer Española, Eric López, Harvard University

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“Beauty” as a Public Health Concern: An Analysis of the Internalization and Effects of the Western Beauty Ideal in Nairobi, Kenya, Elizabeth Lownik, University of Dayton

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Una Investigación de las Políticas Públicas en la Argentina Dirigidas Hacia la Prevención del Delito en Comunidades Vulnerables: En Estudio de Caso en Villa Tranquila de Avellaneda y el Barrio Pampa en Lanús, Camilia Lozano, Denison University

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The Effects of the 2006 Spraying of Deltamethrin for Tsetse Control on Aquatic Macro-Invertebrates in the Kwando/Linyanti River System, Botswana, Emily Lyczkowski, Colby College

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Reproducing Social Identities: Employer-Employee Relationships Within Paid Domestic Labor in the Netherlands, Melissa MacDonald, Smith College

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“Il Faut Manger” : Eating Disorders in Cameroonian Women, Jennifer Madowitz, Wesleyan University

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Mediation in Morocco: Current Uses and Future Possibilities, Rachel Markowitz, University of Texas at Dallas

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The Development of Environmental Consciousness and Identity in Surfing Subculture, Alex Mass, Bucknell University

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Positive Living: Nutritional Realities and Interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Northwest Province, Cameroon, Rachael Massell, Duke University

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Migration as an Economic Activity: the Efficiency of Population Redistribution in Viet Nam, Megan L. Maurer, Kenyon College

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Study of the Cultural Sexuality: A Matter of Honor and Shame, Alyssa McEachran, Wittenberg University

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War Over Water: Water, Poverty, and Conflict, Tyker McMahon, Colorado College

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Effectiveness of Cane Toad Eradication Methods: Arakwal National Park, Matthew Miller, Beloit College

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Un Estudio de la Palma de Ramos, Ceroxylum alpinum, en la Zona Intag, Ecuador, Lupe Moscoe, Williams College

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From Quilombo to Bairro: The Maintenance of a Permanent Afro-Brazilian Underclass, Calisha Myers, University of Virginia

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Teaching with Systematic Phonemic Awareness: The Effects of Group Learning and Oral Instruction at the Operation Restoration Christian School, Laura Nichols, Bates College

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Mujeres de Frente: Conciencia, Amistad y Voz en la Cárcel de Mujeres el Inca, Rachel Nordberg, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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The Scholarship of Vietnameseness: The Dialectic of “National Identity” Between Self and Society in Vietnamese Education, Amber North, Northwestern University

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Samoanizing My Fa’apalagi : The Indigenization of Language in Samoa, Cheryl Nunes, Swarthmore College

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Accès aux Médicaments à Madagascar : L’Etat, La Pharmacie, et L’Usager, Peter Olds, Carleton College

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Sex-Education and Preventative and Contraceptive Services: Educação-Sexual e Serviços Contraceptivos e Preventativos, Elizabeth M. Ortiz, Wesleyan University

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Obstacles to Women’s Political Empowerment in Jordan: Family, Islam, and Patriarchal Gender Roles, Margaret Pettygrove, Macalester College

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‘Like a Parrot Screaming in Its Cage’ Activism and Empowerment in Nepal’s Bhutanese Refugee Community, Elena Phoutrides, Boston College

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Viviendo sin Bosques: Perspectivas en Disputa Sobre el Desarrollo y su Impacto en el Pueblo Mbya Guaraní, Maya Politis, New York University

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Los Impactos Socio-Económicos del Proyecto de Desarrollo Sostenible en la Entrada Norte del Canal de Panamá en la Comunidad de Cativá, Carey Pulverman, New York University

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Home on the Range: Case Study of Kham Nomadic Peoples and the Litang Region, Katelyn Ransom, Ithaca College

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Development, Civil Society and the Conflict in Nepal, Shan Rehman, Hampshire College

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Catholic Community Services in Fiji Solutions to Poverty Alleviation, Rebecca Richard, St. Michael's College

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Contemporary Slavery in the Amazon of Maranhão: Reality and Response, Landen Romei, Washington University in St Louis

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“Ahora Tenemos una Voz”: Transformaciones en la Vida Cotidiana de Mujeres Piqueteras en la Provincia de Buenos Aires = We Now Have a Voice”: Transformations in the Daily Life of Piquetero Women in the Province of Buenos Aires, Claudia L. Romeu Mejía, Washington University in St Louis

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Something Fishy: Cultivating Children’s Sense of Place Through Literature, Anne Rone, Furman University

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Food Item Coloration of the Common Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus): An Analysis of Color Vision Polymorphism at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Stefan Cooper Rosin, Macalester College

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Making Space for Critical Discourse: The Daily Resistance of Acampamento Luiz Carlos, Nicholas Detlef Salmons, McGill University

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Politics and Propriety in Oman: Omani Reactions to the Danish Cartoon Controversy, Averell Schmidt, Lewis and Clark College

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A Promising Start in an Arid Region: Assessment of the Anaqeed Al-Khair Cooperative’s Impact, Jason Shenk, Earlham College

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Searching for a Path: Evangelicals in Nicaraguan Politics, Jacob Siegel, Williams College

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The Grass is Always Greener in Gated Communities: The Social Segregation and Construction of Difference in the Urbanizaciones Cerradas of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, Ben Simons, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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A Study of the Formative Factors of the Free Trade Agreement Between Oman and the United States, Gregory Smith, Miami University

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Feminist Justice in Practice: Witness Experiences of Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence in the Sud BiH, Brett A. Smith-Hams, University of California, Berkeley

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Factors Affecting the Distribution and Health of the Intertidal Coral Goniastrea aspera on the Reef Flat in Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island, Julia Smith, Bowdoin College

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“¿Quién le Compró la Tierra a Dios?” El Conflicto Territorial Entre los Mapuches y las Empresas Internacionales en la Patagonia, Lauren Smith, Claremont McKenna College

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Soil Fertility and Changes in Fertilizer Use for Intensive Rice Cultivation in the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta of Vietnam, Jennifer Soong, Oberlin College

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Visiting the Past, Reclaiming the Present: The Africanisms of Capoeira Angola, Juan Esteban Sosa, Oberlin College

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Les Forêts, les Charbonniers, et l’Avenir Une Analyse de la Filière Charbon Dans le District de Fianarantsoa, Bronwen Stanford, Stanford University

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Las Comunidades Judías en la España Moderna, Gesse Stark-Smith, Macalester College

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Sydney’s Public Sculpture, Gabriel Strader-Brown, Beloit College

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La Economía del Transporte Público en Santiago de Chile, Jacqueline Ann Strenio, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Embracing the Demons Within: Spiritual Possession and Mental Health Support in Madagascar, Thomas Cody Swift, University of Puget Sound

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El Arte Ngöbe de la Chácara: Su Significado Cultural y Potenciál Financiero en una Asociación de Artesanas, Danica Taber, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Trazando Fronteras, Persiguiendo Sueños: La Realidad de la Migración del Campo en Nicaragua Hacia Costa Rica, Becca Telzak, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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The Human Ecology of a Disease: Dissemination of Resources and Information on HIV and AIDS in Can Tho City and An Giang Province, Lucas Thornblade, Hamilton College

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Les Aspects Positifs et Négatifs Dans la Nudité Dans la Publicité Française, Caitlin Thornton, University of Texas at Austin

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Garifuna Youth in Nicaragua: Staying, Leaving and the Meaning of Home, Zoë Towns, Columbia University

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A Separate World: Conflicts Between Malagasy Society and the Mentally Handicapped, Jesse Travis, Austin College

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Ley y Desorden: La Participación, la Política, y la Planificación en el Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro, Sage E. Trombulak, Wesleyan University

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To Smear or Not To Smear? Evidence of a Failure of Implementation and Content Suitability of the 2000 National Guideline on Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Lee Trope, Stanford University