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 2023

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A Transition Point: The Role of the Global Power Shift in Facilitating Saudi Internal Reforms, Aidan Aguilar, Columbia University

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Existir y Sobrevivir: El prejuicio que enfrentan los inmigrantes venezolanos en la quinta región de Chile., Daisy Alcantar, Macalester College

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Understanding invasive predation: detections of feral cats (Felis catus) on Kangaroo Island’s Western River Refuge, Leah Boget, College of William and Mary

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Rocky intertidal community structure along an upwelling gradient between Playa Venao and Nueva Gorgona on Panama’s Pacific coast, Claire Brady, Claremont McKenna College

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Neoliberalismo y La Mar: Los Efectos del Sistema Neoliberal y la Pesca Artesanal de Caleta Portales, Isaac Bronfine, University of Washington

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Building a Society of Trust: Innovation and the Future of Youth Employment in Jordan, Pierre Cativiela, Williams College

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Intergenerational Change in HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma in Cato Manor, MiJin Cho, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Exploring the Role LO Plays in Preparing South African Learners for Life After Matric: A Case Study in Cato Manor, Peter Cohen, Washington University in St. Louis

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Impact of wildlife provisioning on species diversity, relative frequency, and richness in New South Wales, Alanah Cohen-Tigör, Vassar College

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The State of Transgender and Kinnar Communities in Delhi: Case Studies Connecting Socioeconomic Factors to Health, Ray Craig, Swarthmore College

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The Global Anxiety Crisis in Teenagers and a Proposed School-Based Preventative Intervention Plan Focusing on Building Resilience in Children, Lia Darling, University of Vermont

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Gentrifying while Black: Exploring the Concept of an African Homeland through Gentrification in Accra, Ghana, Amaya Davis, Kenyon College

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Grabbing the Paycheck: A Glimpse into the Modern Economic Livelihoods of Xe Máy Grab Drivers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Maddie Davis, University of Puget Sound

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Understory Epiphyte Hydrology: Analyzing water storage capacity of epiphytes along an elevational gradient in western Ecuadorian cloud forest, Angelina Dodge, Macalester College

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“Mira cómo tejemos”: La construcción de una red comunitaria y la educación ambiental en la organización Frente Insular de la Reserva Marina de Galápagos, Katie Draeger, Bowdoin College

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Tropical tree carbon storage at Drago Dos Forest in Boca Del Drago, Panama, Ben Dwyer, University of Richmond

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Investigating the detriment of development assistance: A geopolitical analysis of Sino-Djibouti relations through the lens of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Elizabeth Elenwo-Roger, Spelman College

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An Exploratory Study into Empowering Grade 10 and 11 Learners through Critical Engagement with South African Literature: A Case Study in Cato Manor, Sally Fales, Washington University in St. Louis

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Anuran species diversity and abundance between three locations in El Valle de Antón, Coclé, Panamá, Xena Gehring, Colorado State University

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Mycorrhizal Fungi and Reforestation in an Eastern Lowland Rainforest of Madagascar, Sophia Gibby, The University of Virginia

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Observaciones de la medicina mapuche y el mito de la medicina interculturalidad en Chile con la machi Rosita Barboza, Anat Gilligan-Steinberg, Tulane University

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Consumo Verde ¿Para Quién?: Las tierras, cosmovisiones, y personas escondidas detrás de la Fiebre del Oro Blanco / Green Consumption, For Who?: The lands, world views, and people hidden behind the White Gold Rush., Gabriel Gómez, The University of Vermont

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Refugees living with dementia: assessing the barriers to healthcare access in crisis-affected populations in Lebanon and Switzerland, and the role humanitarian actors have on addressing them, Pedro Gomez, Washington University in St. Louis

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Jordan Spring: An Analysis of the Regime Survival Tactics Adopted by the Hashemite Kingdom, Saumyaa Gupta, Beloit College

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Views of Judaism and Jewish People in Jordan: Political, Social, Historical, and Religious Considerations, Thalia Gustina, Colorado State University

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La Ausencia/Presencia de la Asexualidad y la Sexualnormatividad en la Educación Sexual Integral en las Escuelas Secundarias en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires / The Absence/Presence of Asexuality and Sexualnormativity in Comprehensive Sexual Education in Secondary Schools in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Marin Hart, Knox College

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Pesantren Waria Al-Fatah: Navigating the Intersection of Gender Nonconformity and Islam in Indonesia, Tali Hastings, Whitman College

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The Archetype of the Ocean in Balinese Culture, Ava Hull, Swarthmore College

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Troop composition and behavior of mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in mangroves and forested islands south of David, Panama, Slate Hyacinthe, Swarthmore College

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“Jamás os conocí”: la utilización del discurso católico para justificar la represión ilegal durante la última dictadura militar de Argentina / “I never knew you”: the utilization of Catholic discourse to justify the illegal repression during the final military dictatorship in Argentina, Molly Jirgal, Sewanee

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The Australian News Media and Climate Change: How Frames Impact the Response of Individuals in an Anthropocentric Society, Laura Joelsson, Denison University

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Evaluating the On-Site Impacts of the Ambatovy Project through the Lens of Environmental Justice, Nick Karlik, Macalester College

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People Power & Politics: Evaluating the impact of the Conselho de Cidadãos de Lisboa on climate policy and political efficacy in Lisbon, Marion Linde, Barnard College of Columbia University

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Agroforestry for the future: motivations behind Tasmanian farmers planting trees, Josh Lipp, Williams College

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A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Cork versus Traditional Shoe Insole Material, Alexandra Lum, The University of Virginia

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Women in sustainable leadership: A case study on the perspectives, opportunities, and challenges of biologist and conservationist Estrela Matilde, Ella Lyons, University of San Diego

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Bridging the Education Gap: Series of Infographic Guides to Sustainable Living for Low-Income Communities, Brianna Mateo, Smith College

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Hydropower to the people: Implications of a comparative macroinvertebrate study on either side of the Central Hidroeléctrica Topo in Tungurahua, Ecuador, Grace Mazur, Johns Hopkins University

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A Comparative Plague Study of Cacao Fungal Disease in Cacao Pods Within Monocultures and Indigenous Agroforests in Ecuador’s Napo Province, Seamus McCarthy, Macalester College

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Unleash the Heat: Exploring Geothermal Energy Perspectives and Energy Literacy in São Miguel, Azores, Lena McDonough, University of Michigan

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Sunan Kalijaga: The Birth of a Self-Actualized Pilgrimage Culture, F. P. Meachem, Macalester College

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ABCDs of Triggerfish in Pemba and Misali Island: Abundance, Biodiversity, Behaviour, Cultural Significance and Distribution, Hannah Ng Shueh Yi, Yale-NUS College

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El impacto del diagnóstico de cáncer de mama en los vínculos en mujeres de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2023) / The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on the relationships of women living in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (2023), Devin O’Loughlin, Bowdoin College

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Las barreras sociales, económicas, y políticas que deben enfrentar las mujeres víctimas de violencia al momento de realizar la denuncia y de recibir protección en el Departamento de Maipú, Provincia de Mendoza en el año 2023 / The social, economic, and political barriers that female victims of domestic violence face when reporting violence or accessing the corresponding protection services in Maipú, Mendoza in 2023, Amelia Opsahl, Claremont McKenna College

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Hydrological patterns of the Chimborazo Reserve: Streamflow, climate, and glacier recession data show a loss of glacial influence on the southwestern aspect of the Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador., William F. M. Patrick, Pomona College

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Migrants sans Papiers: the Impact of Cantonal Program and Policy Discrepancies on Undocumented Migrant Healthcare Utilization in Switzerland, Denise Peng, Yale University

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El Empoderamiento de Personas Embarazadas y Posparto en Arica, Chile: Perspectivas Indígenas y Biomédicas, Abby Perce, Smith College

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Poland and the Ukraine War: A Geopolitical Analysis, Thomas Pitney, The College of Wooster

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The Effects of Stigma Against HIV and Tuberculosis on Patient Mental Health and Healthcare-Seeking Behavior in Dharamshala, Isabel Powell, Georgetown University

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Wishing for Water While Fleeing Their Farms: A Study of Water Scarcity and Internal Migration in Tunisia, Tyler Rak, The College of Wooster

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Local Traditions, Global Influences, National Belonging: Conditional Acceptance of Cross-Gender Dance in Central Java, Indonesia, Calla Rhodes, Georgetown University

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Conflicting Socio-Cultural Attitudes and Community Factors Resulting in Backstreet Abortion in Cato Manor, KwaZulu Natal, Chloe Sachs, Washington University in St. Louis

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What Makes a Family: How an Empowerment-Based Health Care Delivery Model Employs Family Planning to Positively Impact Families in Rural Maharashtra: A Study in Jamkhed, Ahmadneger, Sezin Sakmar, The George Washington University

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Geopolitics of Semiconductor Supply Chains: The Case of TSMC, US-China-Taiwan Relations, and the COVID-19 Crisis, Aditya Sehgal, Georgetown University

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Community participation and perspectives of Ambondrolava mangrove restoration project, Nadine Shannon, Davidson College

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Maternal Healthcare Access and Obstetric Complications: A Cause and Effect Relationship?, Lena Sharara, Tufts University

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Inclusión Cultural en FONASA: Parto aymara como un estudio de caso, Madison Singleton, Washington University in St. Louis

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Spatial ecology and habitat preference of yellow-spotted monitors (Varanus panoptes) at Lizard Island National Park, QLD, Australia, Ryan Snyder, Butler University

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EU Migration Policy: Analyzing the Coercive Responses of Transit Countries Within the EU’s Framework of Externalization, Emily Swan, Barnard College of Columbia University

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Psychopathology or Possession: How Ghanaian Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians Understand Mental Illnesses and how Perceived Understandings Vary Depending on if they are Current Students or not, Jamila L. Taffe, Denison University

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Sembrando una cultura de soberanía alimentaria: la Reserva Pambiliño y la Reserva de Biósfera del Chocó Andino de Pichincha, Sophie Tanner, University of Richmond

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Variation in the growth parameters and biomass of Rhizophora mangle seedlings with distances from Playa Estrella, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Thiny Tep, Barnard College of Columbia University

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Judicial Off-Bench Resistance in Post-Revolution Tunisia, Farah Tolu-Honary, Beloit College

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Exploring the Influence of Globalization and Self-Expression in Shaping the Vietnamese LGBTQ+ Community in Urban Vietnam, Minh-Thy Tyler, Emory University

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An analysis of factors in the policymaking process that enabled prison sentence decreases through the 2022 Organic Law of Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom/La Ley Del Solo Sí es Sí in Spain, Cambron Wade, Bowdoin College

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La Formación de la Identidad Afrodescendiente y su Manifestación en Movimientos Políticos, Simone Watson, Spelman College

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Costumbre y Carnavales; el rol de alcohol en la comunidad Aymara de Putre, Billy White, Smith College

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El Trabajo de las mujeres: los impactos del feminismo socialista en la organización sindical de Buenos Aires después de la crisis orgánica de 2001 / Women’s Work: The Impacts of Socialist Feminism on Buenos Aires Union Organizing Following The 2001 Organic Crisis, Elise Williamson, Yale University

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The Role of Worker-Driven Regulation in the Global Fashion Industry, Jessie Wills, Washington University in St. Louis

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Medicina Tradicional en la Urbe: El Funcionamiento del Sistema de Salud Mapuche en Santiago, Mariko Yatsuhashi, Macalester College

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Paved with Good Intentions? A Geopolitical Analysis of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central and Eastern Europe, Vincent Zhang, Georgetown University

Submissions from 2022

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The relationship between substrate composition, community structure and feeding preferences of parrot fishes (Scaridae) in Anmardub, Guna Yala coastal reefs, Caitlin Amman, Gettysburg College

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Aid for Ed: An Analysis of Rwanda’s 12-Year Basic Education System and its Relationship with Government-channeled aid, Gabriel K. Anzeze, Lake Forest College

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The Rinpoche Sent me a Friend Request: The Roles and Perceptions of Social Media in Buddhist Religious Life, Solveigh Barney, Macalester College

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Comparing amphibian species diversity and abundance in natural forest and cacao agroforest at Finca La Magnita, Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panamá Lake Barrett, Lake Barrett, The College of Wooster

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The Role of Frugivorous Birds as Seed Dispersers: Feeding Selection and Preference of Madagascar’s Avian Frugivores in Analamazaotra Forest, Thaddeus Bashaw, Wesleyan University

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The Future of Multinational Accountability within the Environmental Policy Nexus, Lauren Beasley, Whittier College

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The Battle for the Sea: Tourism Development and Public Ocean Access in Jambiani, Zanzibar, Sophie Beauchesne, Salve Regina University

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The Politics of Water: The Jordanian Water Crisis and the Future of Refugee Migration in the Middle East, Ruhama Bekele, Colby College

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Healing from Genocidal Rape: An Exploration of the Trauma Healing Process among SEVOTA Members, Delaney Bluhm, Gustavus Adolphus College

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“Somos un Pueblo Fumigado”: un análisis de la lucha contra la fumigación y sistema de agronegocios en la provincia de Buenos Aires, Samuel Brooks, Williams College

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Hacia un Contra-Archivo Radical y Queer: El Archivo de la Memoria Trans y la [Re]Construcción de la Memoria Colectiva Sobre la Violencia Institucional en Argentina, Valeria Bula, Yale University

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Restoring Dignity in the Gardens of eKhenana, Jordan Buser, University of Puget Sound

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From Green to Gold: Community along lines of trade between Dolpo and Mustang, Jack Cantor, Bates College

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A case study investigating perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine in Cato Manor and Chesterville, Caitlin Chan, Bates College

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Retracing Revolutionary Footsteps: The Legacy of the People’s War in the Maoist Heartlands, Katherine Coetzer, Davidson College

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Creating Sustainable Biofuels Using Essential Oil Distillery Leaf Waste Near Vohimana Reserve, Ashley Cohen, Carleton College

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Evolving Swiss Neutrality: Foreign Policy, Identity, and a Changing World, Dan A. Cohen, Columbia University

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The Future of Architecture: Measuring the Sustainability of Paradigm Shifting Architectural Interventions, Jake M. Cohen, Sewanee: The University of the South

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Rural Microfinance and Business Ownership Outcomes A Case of Tanzania Educational and Micro Business Opportunity (Tembo) Loan and Non-Loan Recipients in Longido District, Tanzania, Owen Conlin, University of Denver

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The Ethics and Philosophy of Outdoor Education: Hidden Lessons Within the LeikSkoli Curriculum in Isafjordur, Iceland, Cici Conroy, Bates College

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Changes in Identity: How Mongolian Musicians and Performers have Responded to Geopolitical Transition, Heather Cook, Macalester College

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The Relationship Between Humans and Nature in The Himalayas: A Collection of Poems, Floyd Cornett, University of Virginia

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Tsaachin Reindeer Herders: Perceptions vs Reality, Sharla Dart, Cornell University

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Monuments as a Lens to Understand Climate Change: A Survey of Altered Indian Architecture, McKenzie Davis, University of Oregon

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Sustainability and Connection to Place: Land Stewardship through Local Icelandic Women-Run Businesses, Hazel DeHarpporte, Carleton College

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Examining the Power Dynamics in the Patient-Doctor Relationship in Bio-medicalized Countries: a Historical and Sociocultural Framework, Molly Dickerson, University of South Carolina

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Water: The Gift and the Curse: A Climate Change Preparedness Study on an Increased rainfall Scenarios In the Yunguilla Cloud Forest, Ecuador, Emilia Dick Fiora del Fabro, Tufts University

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A Destabilized World: The Effects of Climate Change on Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law, Chase Doctor, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Ethics of Medical Voluntourism: the Conceptualization and Management of ‘Doing Harm’ Within the Business, Katelyn Dohler, Vanderbilt University