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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Options and Aid: What the Future Holds for the Displaced Sugar Cane Families of Labasa, Fiji, Lieselot Whitbeck, Washington University in St Louis

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El Movimiento Político Mapuche: Factores de División y Debilidad e Ideas Para el Futuro, Devon Kay Whitham, Scripps College

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Les Catholiques Pratiquants en France, Erin Wilson, McDaniel College

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Impacts of Salt Production on Pemba, Lauren Wolchok, Harvard University

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Luta: The Story of the Movimento dos Atingidos Por Barragens in the Valley of Jaguaribe, Rachel Wood, American University

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Assessment of Small-Scale Biogas Systems and Their Widespread Dissemination in Can Tho City, Viet Nam, Tracy Zhu, Mount Holyoke College

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Interpreting Their Blood: The Contradictions of Approaches to Menstruation Through Religious Education, Ritual and Culture in Rabat, Morocco, Nitzan Ziv, Wesleyan University

Submissions from 2005

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La Ornamentación de la Alhambra de Granada y su Proyección en la Cultura y la Religión = The Ornamentación of the Alhambra of Granada and its Projection in the Culture and Religion, Alyssa Anderson, Carleton College

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Assessment of Ecuadorian Viewpoints Concerning the Gutiérrez Administration and Current Political Issues, Alissa Barrett, University of the Pacific

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Finding a Sexual Dialogue with Children: A Dutch Model, Cassandra Baxter, Wheaton College

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Non-Formal Education and Autonomous Spaces: CideCi’s Independent Alternative and the Regeneration of Indigenous Cultural Spaces in Chiapas, Rachel Beatty, Susquehanna University

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Gender Based Violence in Jordan: Domestic Violence and Honor Crimes, Danielle M. Becknell, Westminster College

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Comparing Rural and Urban Primary Education in the Mekong Delta, Helen Behr, Carleton College

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L’Enseignement de la Guerre d’Algérie en France : La Liberté et l’Objectivité, Ayora G. Berry, Portland State University

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El VIH en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires: Obstáculos en el Acceso al Tratamiento en el Sector Público, Erica Tai-le Bliss, Claremont McKenna College

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Feministica: Creating Feminist Consciousness in the Former Yugoslavia, Meghan Boone, Trinity College

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¿Qué MAS?: Una Mirada a las Posibilidades de un “Instrumento Político.”, Rebecca Bor, Barnard College

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Avoid Cold: A Brief Look at Tibetan Medical Practice and Ideals Compared to Modern Allopathic Medical Treatment Through a Study and Analysis of the Essential Tremor, Graham Brant-Zawadzki, Stanford University

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As Filhas de Oyá: Warriors in the Eye of the Storm, Sheela Bringi, Mills College

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Fire Management in the Top End and the Kimberley, Katie Brownson, Tulane University of Louisiana

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Towards Delivery and Dignity: Community Struggle From Kennedy Road, Jacob Bryant, Harvard University

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The Survival of the Central American Squirrel monkey (Saimiri oerstedi): the habitat and behavior of a troop on the Burica Peninsula in a conservation context, Liana Burghardt, Carleton College

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“To Be a Doctor” The Hopes and Aspirations of the Children Attending Namu Elementary School, and the Obstacles That Block Their Paths to Obtaining Them., Lauren Burke, Connecticut College

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¡Dame un Ritmo (y Sueldo)!: La Sustentabilidad Económica de los Artistas Callejeros en el Gran Santiago, Zachariah Smith Cheema, Macalester College

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Identities in Dialogue: Deconstructing the Dynamics of Bošnjak-Muslim Identities in Novi Pazar, Christine M. DeBacker, Mount Holyoke College

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Est-ce que le Droit d’Asile Est Menacé en France ?(Is the Right to Asylum Being Threatened in France?), Ralph DeLouis, Connecticut College

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Hope: An Ethnography of an Alternative Orphan Care System in Mgange Dawida- Taita; A Case Study of the Isuwirio-Tumaini Self-Help Group, Malaika M. DosRemedios, University of Vermont

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A Falta de Voz Quilombola no Canto Brasileiro: As Conseqüências da Desvalorização da Terra Quilombola Pelo Estado Brasileiro, Maíra Dos Santos, Pitzer College

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Post-Velvet Jazz Baby, Jack Elkin

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El Servicio Militar Obligatorio en el Marco de la Democracia, Meagan Michelle Elliott, Southwestern University

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“Oh Uncle Pema!” The Role of Musical Agency in the Creation of a Modern Tibetan Identity, Tracy Ellwanger, New York University

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“Apparently, I am a Pedophile:” Living and Coping as a Child-Lover in the Netherlands, Andrew Extein, Pomona College

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The Role of Malagasy Women in Community Development: Analyzing the Potential for the Creation of a Women’s Association for Alternative Livelihoods in Ifaty, Amanda Fencl, Tufts University

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El Árbol De la Vida: El Mito de Wuanámei de la Comunidad Nativa Huachipaeri de Queros, Emily Fisher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Concientious Cinema: Senegalese Cineastes as Preservers of Cultural Identity and Promoters of Social Change, Paula Fortner, Tufts University

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Agroecology of the Naso-Teribe: The Management and Conservation of Traditional Agroecological Systems, Maisie Ganz, Tufts University

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Le Développement Durable : Un Etude de Cas de l’Agenda 21 à Toulouse, Cailey Gibson, Carleton College

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“Sacar a la Familia Adelante:” El Impacto de la Emigración en la Comunidad Salvadoreña de Nuevo Amanecer, Elisabeth Golub, Macalester College

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Playback Experiments Using Regional Duets and Solos: Territoriality in the Grey-Breasted Wood Wren in Eastern Andean Ecuador, Arathi Govind, Scripps College

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Buscando el Cusco: Análisis del Turismo en la Ciudad de los Incas, Nicole A. Grant, Yale University

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K’oando: La Mesa Urbana en Cochabamba, Erin Hatheway, Whitman College

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Supporting Ourselves: Maintaining Mental Well-Being Through an HIV+/AIDS Support Group in a Rural South African Community, Narda Hernández, Southwestern University

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Microcredit in the Rural Areas of Northwest Yunnan Province, China: Investigating the Operation of, Results of, and Obstacles to Microfinancial Institutions, Evan Hofmockel, University of Colorado at Boulder

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The Silence Around Them: AIDS NGOs, Scaling Up and AIDS Fatigue in University Students, Carolyn Holmes, DePauw University

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Natural Loggers: Leaf Cutter Ants as Pests in Northwestern Ecuador, Aaron Honig, Tufts University

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The Needs of the Marginalized; Documenting a Crisis Defined as Such by the Catadores de Lixo of Jangurussú, Jane Hudson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Crafting a Co-Operative: Lessons on Women’s Education, Artisans’ Livelihoods, and Rural Development in Morocco, Jenifer Humphrey, Brown University

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Good Morning, Africa! (Dreams and Identity in Morocco), Chantal James, Spelman College

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Evangelization and Religious Conflict in Chiapas: In Search of Common Ground, Katie Jones, Pomona College

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La Migración por Obligación: Los Movimientos Migratorios de los Mapuche, Rebecca Jones, Gordon College

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Lost Cause? A Post-Gay Examination of the Politics of Homosexuality, Islam and Difference in the Netherlands, Matthew Kane, Vassar College

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La Participación de la Juventud en el Desarrollo Comunitario: Un Estudio en la Organización Juvenil de CANTERA, Ciudad Sandino, Surya Karla, Occidental College

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Coral Reef Tourism and Conservation in Bocas del Toro: An Analysis of Ecotourism and its Tour Guide-Based Components, Rebecca Kayes, Wellesley College

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Melbourne’s Community Gardens: Harvesting More Than Just Vegetables, Dana E. Kennedy, Vassar College

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De Maíz Vivo” La Siembra de Maíz en la Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, Holly Kingsbury, Bowdoin College

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Remember Ruben? L’Histoire de Ruben Um Nyobé à Travers la Société Camerounaise, Katelyn Knox, Williams College

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Bofes e Sapinhas: Lesbian Life in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Ronny R. Kraft, Mills College

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The Road to Recovery: Economic and Social Development in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Erinn Lachner, Claremont McKenna College

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The Role of Tibetan Buddhism and Culture in Sustainable Development (A Case Study of Yubeng Village), Frazer Lanier, Lewis and Clark College

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Facilitating Public Participation in the Eastern Cape Province: A Case Study of the Centre for Governance in Africa, Paul D. Lemaistre, Tufts University

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Las Abejas y los Zapatistas: Una Comparación y Contraste de Dos Movimientos Indígenas en Chiapas, México, Anna H. Lifson, Macalester College

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Czech Fiction? Kafka and History in Czech Literature, Zachary Macholz, Susquehanna University

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La Participación Potencial en la Producción de Café Orgánico Vía la Alianza de Agricultores Orgánicos (Aliagro), Emily Hannah McAteer, Brown University

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Arte y Pobreza: Integración Social a Través de Movimientos Culturales, Betsy McCormick, Harvard University

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El Movimiento de Mujeres y el Estado Nicaragüense: La Lucha por la Autonomía, Sarah Moberg, Carleton College

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Análisis del Desarrollo Sustentable en la Industria del Salmón en Chile, Theresa Mohin, Duke University

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Una Enfermedad de la Sociedad: Una Investigación de las Causas, los Tratamientos, y la Prevención de la Desnutrición de Niños en el Centro de Nutrición Infantil, Albina R. de Patiño, Kimberly A. Mukerjee, Colby College

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Transmission of Environmental and Conservation Knowledge in Andohahela National Park, Mika S. Nagasaki, Brown University

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People Living With, Not Dying From Disease: Patient Empowerment Through Anti-Retroviral Therapy and Possibilities for Social Change, Xin Wei Ngiam, Harvard University

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A Child’s Dance of the Sankofa: Redefining, Reconstructing, and Reclaiming Identity, Shawnrey Notto, Pomona College

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Aprender sin Educación: El Aprendizaje, la Historia Personal y el Contexto Comunitario en la Experiencia de la Universidad de la Tierra, Leah Oster-Katz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The State of “Differently Abled” People in the Western Cape, South Africa, Joshua Wade Paul, Wabash College

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The Inter-Communal Relations Among NGOs Operating With Cyprus, Shelby Reneé Port, University of Washington

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Fighting Passions: A Developmental Examination of the Salafi Jihadi Movement in Jordan and the Roots of Extremism, Ryo Ragland, Duke University

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The Bond and the Beautiful!, Nicole Rearick, University of Pittsburgh

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The Agenda Setting Function of Mass Media, Tampa, John Howard, Print Media and Public Opinion: How It All Came Together in Melbourne, Rosemary Schultz, Gustavus Adolphus College

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What Do You See? Visualizations of Sexuality Among Young Women in Rijeka, Croatia, Annika Shore, Sarah Lawrence College

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El Papel del Café en la Economía de Nicaragua: Desafíos, Estrategias, y el Futuro, Matt Shuman, Brandeis University

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El papel homosexual del cine de Pedro Almodóvar durante la movida madrileña = The role of homosexuality in the films of Pedro Almodóvar during the Movida, Spencer Silverthorne, Kenyon College

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An Oasis in Byron Shire: Factors in the Progress and Success of a Local Greens Party, Adam N. Smith, Carleton College

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The Super Market: Examining the Bangladesh Market as a Model for Local Economic Development, Sally K. Smyth, Wesleyan University

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Les Dernières Réformes de la Sécurité Sociale et l’Accès aux Soins en France, Carly Sorenson, University of Redlands

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A Small Town Drug Problem: The Socio-Economy of Malindi’s Heroin-Using Population, Greg St. Arnold, Marquette University

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Abortion: The Reality for Women of Praia Grande, Anna Tawse, Denison University

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El Impacto de Micro-Crédito en Superar la Pobreza, Magda Tsaneva, Colby College

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History and Society: Fact, Fiction and Reform in the Serbian Education System, Valerie Ullrich, Middlebury College

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Facing Reality: The Story of Icaro Amorim, Nicole Vengrove, New York University

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Drowning Shangrila: Balancing Environmental Protection With Development in China, Tessa A. Vennell, Brandeis University

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Deaf Culture in Mombasa and HIV/AIDS Education, Krystel Viehmann, Mount Holyoke College

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The Political Economy of Giving: Legitimacy, Welfare, and the Influence of Foreign NGOs in China, Nathan Wallace, Drake University

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Maternity, Sexuality, and Capability: An Exploration of the Aesthetics of the Rural Moroccan Female Body, Carlye Warren, Bucknell University

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Periodismo Medioambiental, Peter Weisberg, Claremont McKenna College

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Les Filles de Marianne: La Laïcité, la Libération, le Voile, et le Féminisme Chez les Femmes Françaises ou Daughters of the Republic: The Perspectives of French Women on Laïcité, Liberation, the Veil, and Feminism, Kirsten M.Y. Wesselhoeft, Willamette University

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The Effect of Human Predation, Rats and Goats on Small Colonies of Wedge-Tailed Shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) in Southwest Madagascar, Alexis P. Will, Bucknell University

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La Flore Qui A Faim : Une Enquête Chimique, Biologique et Culturelle de la Dimorphisme Rouge/Verte et les Applications Médicinales de Nepenthes madagascariensis, Keirnan Willett, Bowdoin College

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¿Qué Vale Más: El Agua o el Oro? Las Implicaciones de y Reacciones al Proyecto Minero Pascua Lama, Leni Wolf, Connecticut College

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Educando al Hombre Nuevo: La Pedagogía Histórica y Política de la Cruzada Nacional de Alfabetización, Kevin Young, Wesleyan University

Submissions from 2004

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The Depoliticization of Czech Female Art, Roya Amirsoleymani, University of Redlands

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The Return of the Sick Man of Europe: A study of the political, economical and cultural grounds for/against the entrance of Turkey to the European Union as viewed by Turkish Immigrants and Germans living in Berlin, Ursula A. Arno, University of Colorado at Boulder

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De Dónde Eres? Reflexión Teatral de una Mujer Americana en España Sobre el Nacionalismo y la Identidad = Where Are You fFom? A Theatrical Reflection of Nationalism and Identity, Madeline Kathleen Baugh, Occidental College