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 2007

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Masyarakat Tionghoa: Singaraja’s Chinese Community, Tammy Lew Lee Kreznar, Sarah Lawrence College

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Investigating a Method to Measure Sperm Transfer in Chelidonura sandrana (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea), Kate Kunigelis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Resistant Cultures: Punk Identity and Anarchist Resistance in Three Yugoslav Successor States, Jeff Lambert, American University

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La Identidad Colectiva del Pueblo Mapuche: El Pasado, Presente y Futuro de su Lucha Territorial, Katherine A. Lawyer, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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Construyendo un Nuevo Modelo: Un Estudio de la Relación Entre los Piqueteros K y el Gobierno, Daniel Lesser, Oberlin College

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Atua of the Aga: A Comparison of Ancestor Worship in the Highlands of Bali and Polynesia, Jamison Liang, Washington University in St Louis

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People Moving Matters: Theorizing Tourism and Migration on the Nepali ‘Periphery’, Adam Linnard, Dalhousie University

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Changing Channels: The Bhutanese Middle Path Approach to Television, Kate Linthicum, Barnard College

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The 1916 Easter Rising: A History Of Commemoration, Emily Litwin, Carleton College

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Watered Down: The Intersection and Integration of Tourism Development and Water Resource Management in Marrakech, Morocco, Alison Maassen, George Washington University

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Mame Coumba Bang: A Living Myth and Evolving Legend, Michelle Margoles, Carleton College

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Valorar lo Nuestro Para Fortalecer el Futuro: Etnoturismo Mapuche en la IX Región, Ashleigh Martin, Duke University

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No Shelter: UNESCO’s Efforts to Save Lalibela’s Culture, Kellen McClure, University of Vermont

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Spectator to Actor to Multiplier: EDISCA’s Humanizing Methodology, Hannah McDowell, Occidental College

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China Environmental Study, Monty McGee, Norfolk State University

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Expectativas de Alumnos de la Enseñanza Media: Un Análisis del Nivel e Influencias de las Expectativas de Estos Estudiantes en la Comuna de Quinchao, Chilé, Jennifer McNally, Tufts University

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Throne Names, Pen Names, Horse Names, and Field Names: A Look at the Significance of Name Change in the Ethiopian Political Sphere, Krista Mehari, Hope College

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Manifester une Solidarité Active : Devoir d’Histoire et la Cimade, Hillary Mohaupt, Macalester College

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The Realization of the Rights to Health, Education and Social Welfare Among Disabled Youth in Ingwavuma and Bhambanana, Kwazulu Natal, Ali Mumford, Brown University

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Speaking to the Past and Future: Generational Communication and Changing Verbal Discourse in Samoa, Spencer Naar, University of Puget Sound

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Analyzing Site Loyalty in Nyctimene robinsoni at the End of the Dry Season, Kolleen Nellett, Oberlin College

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Self-Employed, Self-Empowered: Working Women in Benares, Madeline S. Oatman, Middlebury College

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Diarios Bajo Democracia: La Prensa Escrita en Chile, Hoy en Día, Jake Pearson, Tufts University

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La Musique Malgache : Moyen de Protection de l’Environnement, Geneviève Pearthree, University of Redlands

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Unholy Union: The Convergence of Agendas Between the Gay Community and the Political Right-Wing in the Netherlands, Michael Wayne Perry, Wake Forest University

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AIDS Optimism and Condom Usage Among Men who Have Sex With Men in Australia, The Netherlands and United States., Tan Pham, University of Connecticut

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A Caldron of Militancy: Construction of Feminine Consciousness in the Movimento Sem-Terra: A Community Study in Palmares II, Caroline Lamar Pihl, Harvard University

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To Live With the Sea: Community-Based Management of Marine Resources in Southwest Madagascar, Hannah Pitt, Northwestern University

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Helping Women Help Themselves: Sex Work, Health, and Development in Mahajanga, Madagascar, Rachel Pryzby, Smith College

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What’s a Girl to Do: Repatriarchalization and Croatian Women’s Reproductive Freedom, Brittany Rast, Agnes Scott College

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A Critical Analysis of the Current Status of the Fijian Language, Stephanie Roberts, Dickinson College

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El Movimiento de Mujeres y Anamuri: Un Estudio de Caso, Stephanie Roberts, University of Evansville

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“Tout Travail Doit Nourrir Son Homme” The Dakar-Niger Railroad and the 1947-1948 Strike in the Political and Labor History of Senegal, Julia Coyner Robinson, Columbia University

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Memory, Place and Nation-Building: Remembering in the ‘New’ South Africa, Kate Ronan, Syracuse University

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“Share the Wealth” A Critical Analysis of Private Sector Development in Uganda’s Rural and Urban Settings, Michael Roscitt, University of Notre Dame

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Reconstructing Gender and Activism: The Case of Women’s Initiatives in Al-Wihdat Refugee Camp, China Sajadian, Smith College

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Child Labour and Microfinance in Morocco: Using Microfinance to Reduce Child Labour and the Case of the Al Amana Microfinance Institution, Kristyn Schomp, Duke University

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“Sustainable Soy” in Santarém: Power Struggles for the Future of Development, Jake Schoneker, Villanova University

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A Place in the World: MH2O’s Construction of a Peripheral Identity, Ryan Schutt, Pomona College

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The Role of Industrial and Traditional Fishing in Sustainable Resource Management, Aime Schwartz, Colby College

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Education in a Rural Context: A Catalyst for Disappearing Villages?, Seth Schy, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Aborto Legal Para no Morir: Un Análisis de los Discursos de la Lucha por los Derechos Reproductivos en Argentina, Jessica Scruggs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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“Happy Dancing Natives” Minority Film, Han Nationalism, and Collective Memory, Benjamin D. Shaffer, Columbia University

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Desarrollo Turístico y Sustentabilidad: Caso Villa Pehuenia y la Comunidad Mapuche Puel, Sasha Shahidi, Swarthmore College

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Liberation Theology in the 21st Century: The Catholic Church, the CPT, and Rural Movements in Southern Pará, Eleanor Sharp, Oberlin College

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Messages of Maternity: The Relationship of State and NGO Institutions to Reproductive Health Services and the Construction of Family in Jordan, Julia Shatz, Vassar College

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Potentiality of Biogas and the Role of Substrates in Biogas Formation Potential, Scott Shealy, University of Colorado at Boulder

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“How to Change the World”: Writing an Online Sustainability Leadership Manual for Young Australians, Nina Sherburne, University of Puget Sound

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Democracy on the Steppe: A Search for Active Local Citizenship in Rural Mongolia, Matthew D. Simonson, Williams College

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The Collective Right of Indigenous Peoples to Self-Determination In Accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Lena-Katharina Skandera, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Black Identity Formation as Racial Politics in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil, Ariel Sloan, Harvard University

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A Case Study of Pediatric Diarrhea at Murchison District Hospital in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, T. Smith, Hamilton College

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The Individual Psychology of Tibetan Buddhism, Lee Spivak, Bates College

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Cuando Viene el Agua: Percepciones de los Impactos Sociales del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico “Chan-75” en las Comunidades Ubicadas en la Cuenca del Río Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Jeffery D. Stein, Wesleyan University

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Returning Home: The Makings of a Repatriate Consciousness, Hope Steinman-Iacullo, Wesleyan University

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En Busca de Equilibrio: Una Evaluación del Componente de Salud Intercultural del Programa Orígenes en la Primera Fase, Sarah Stellberg, Whitman College

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A Través de Nuestros Ojos: Un Estudio Fotográfico de Niños Trabajadores en Cochabamba, Bolivia, Margaret Ann Stewart, College of Wooster

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Sustainable Surfboards, Sean Sullivan, Bowdoin College

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Radio Sawa in Jordan: Different Perceptions, Together?, Michael Turner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Policing the Police: Democracy and Effective Methods of Accountability in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Alaina Varvaloucas, Yale University

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The Musician Is the Messenger: Islam and Jaliya in Mandinka Music, Blake Walker, Northwestern University

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Power-Sharing, Stability and the May 8th Devolution Day, Christopher A, Walker, Washington & Jefferson College

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Structural and Financial Constraints for Arabica Coffee Planters, Chloe Wardropper, Wesleyan University

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Preludes to Violence: A Comparative Look at the Pre-Maquis Period and Contemporary Cameroonian Society, Mathew Welch, Pomona College

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Economy of Change: The Organic Market as a Model for Agricultural Development in India, Amanda White, New York University

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Tertiary Education for Sustainability: Four Australian Universities’ Commitment to Sustainability, Meredith Wilensky, Washington University in St Louis

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Priming the Printing Press: The Growing Print Media in Bhutan, Philippa Wood, George Washington University

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An Observational Analysis of Psychosocial Behaviors and Caregiver Responses in the Durban Children’s Home, Sarah Young, Bates College

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Local and National Health Advancement Using the Power of Sport in South Africa, Lisa Zook, Davidson College

Submissions from 2006

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Interpreting Nature in Australia Through Poetry: A Personal Anthology Written Within the Erosion Caldera of Northern New South, Kyla Allon, Connecticut College

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“I Don’t Hate Them, They Hate Me”— A Study on the Perceptions of Homeless People in Melbourne and the Implications Those Perceptions Have, Devin Arthur, College of Charleston

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Muslim Women’s Religious and Feminist Identities: A Study of Muslim Feminism in the Bosnian Context, María Lis Baiocchi, College of the Atlantic

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The Art of Politics: Portraits of Ethiopian Emperors Throughout History, Anna Barrera, Northwestern University

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Volviéndose Rebelde: Participación Política Juvenil La Historia de Participación Política de la Juventud Nicaragüense: 1975-2006 Recurring Rebellion: Youth Political Participation in Nicaragua, Julia Beaufait, Eugene Lang College- The New School

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Não Sou Sua Puta: An Examination of Preconceptions of Sex Work In Salvador, Bahia, Charmaine Bee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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¿Hay Mujeres en las Minas? En Busca de Oportunidades Económicas Para la Mujer en la Minería del Cobre Pública y Privada de Chile, Leah Bell, Guilford College

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Loaning Health: The Effectiveness of Microfinance as an HIV/AIDS Intervention Method in Kibera Slums, Lara Berlin, Yale University

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Transnational Citizenship: Perspectives on Migration in the Greek Cypriot Community, Molly Bowen, Macalester College

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Current Issues in Healthcare in Samoa “Making-Do With What Is Available”, Veronica Braden, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Roma Education in Serbia: The Implications of Prejudice and Ethnic Conflict and the Potential for Change, Shane Branon, Drew University

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La Otra Camina Educativa: Being a Change to Teach a Change at SIIDENOFAL/CIDECI in San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Kailee Brickner-McDonald, College of William and Mary

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The Development of Weaning Practices Among Women of the Mombasa District, Its Effects on Children’s Public Health Issues, and the Proposition of Intervention Plans, Rachael Bryan, Wake Forest University

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The Development of Bilingual Education in Berlin’s Primary Schools, Elizabeth Buckley, Rollins College

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The Black Question, Nicole L. Butler, Loyola University Chicago

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Working with the Tabu: HIV/AIDS Education Strategies in Fiji, Amanda Butts, Ithaca College

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Wild Bird Banding and Testing for Avian Influenza in the Plain of Reeds, Vietnam, Kyle Campbell, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Traditional Practices and Governmental Responsibilities: An Investigation Into the Evolving Partnership Between Indigenous Brazilian Midwives and State-Provided Maternal Healthcare Services, Caitlin Canfield, Carleton College

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Peace Through Music: Music and Multiculturalism in Fiji, Felice Carey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Women’s Literacy in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, Brianne Carpenter, Hope College

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Malo le Folauga Brain Drain: A New Perspective, Mirna Carrillo, Occidental College

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Cross-Cultural Encounters: Gringos and Ladinos in Zapatista Territory, Amy Chin, Williams College

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Out of the Darkness: A Look at Violence and Politics Through the Experience of the UVF, Alec Chiquoine, Beloit College

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Contemporary Art in Samoa: The Role of Personal Expression, Christina Cioffari, Skidmore College

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Raising the Future: An Introduction to Three Organizations Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Using the Cluster Foster Care Model In Kwa-Zulu Natal, Madelaine Colby-Newton, Bethel University

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Malaria Prevention and Treatment in the Province of Toliara, Madagascar: A Socioeconomic and Cultural Perspective of Supermoustiquaire Use and Healing, Lily Conover, Bates College

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Faleoloa Laititi: The Role of Small Shops in a Developing Samoa, Nicholas K. Courtney, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Campesinas en Resistencia: Estrategias de Sobrevivencia Para Construir una Cultura de Paz, Camia Crawford, Brown University

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Dutty Wine: Ooman Big Up or Dis?, Nicole Cruz, Brandeis University

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The Missing Piece: Understanding Nairobi’s Traditional Medical Practitioners, Mufaddal Dahodwala, Swarthmore College

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Letters of the Bush: A Case Study of Traditional Setswana Herbal Medicine, Kristen Danley, Carleton College