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 2018

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Re-Imagining the Theatre: Existence and Change, Andres Aguilar, Hamilton College

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The Paradox of the Financial Empowerment of Non-Western Artisan Women and their Dependency on Western Funding: A Case Study of Fondation Orient Occident, Au Grain de Sésame, and Association Darna, Sumya Akkas, Columbia University

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Keyhole Gardens as the Key to Environmental Sustainability and Access to Fresh Produce in Samoa: A Case Study of an Organic Keyhole Farm, Madeline Allen, Vanderbilt University

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Surveying Access to Healthcare in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, Kenya, Quinn Alsheimer, University of South Carolina

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LA COMERCIALIZACIÓN DEL MURAL PORTEÑO / THE MARKETING OF THE PORTEUR MURAL, Alexandria Ashley, Brandeis University

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The Revolution Conundrum in Cameroon: A study of Relative Peace Under President Biya's Rule, Marianna Babboni, Occidental College

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Shaping our World for a Better Tomorrow: Sustainable Investing, ESG, and Industry Insight, Anna M. Ballate, Barnard College - Columbia University

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Constructing Social Environments: The Evolving Relationship between Uses and Management of Urban Greenspace in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Mara Basich-Pease, Cornell University

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Coming in Hot: Motor Vehicles, Capitalism, and Modernization in Mongolia, Thea Bergen, University of Oregon

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Uso de la medicina tradicional y de la biomedicina por migrantes Q’ero en el distrito de San Sebastian, Cusco / Use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by Q'ero migrants in the district of San Sebastian, Cusco, Isabel Blaettler

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“We Are The Gap: Understanding the Inclusion of Immigrants in Moroccan Left-Wing Politics”, Sam Brown, Muhlenberg College

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“Karm Hi Pooja Hai (Work is Worship)” The Determinants that Influence the Subjective Health and Well-Being of Cycle Rickshaw Wallahs in Varanasi, India, Benjamin Bryer, University Of Maryland

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Causes and consequences of child marriage among Syrian refugee populations in Jordan: An investigation of perceptions., Alex Buckman, University of New Hampshire

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Medicina tradicional y la transmisión de conocimiento ancestral en la comunidad afroboliviana de Tocaña / Traditional medicine and the transmission of ancestral knowledge in the Afro-Bolivian community of Tocaña, Marvin Bynoe, Claremont McKenna College

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Ethically Sourced Vanilla: Certifications in the production of vanilla in the SAVA Region of Madagascar, Maisie Campbell, Bowdoin College

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Conservation Coverage: An assessment of the protection of highly threatened species of birds and mammals in Tanzania, Adolfo Castro Domínguez, Yale-NUS College - Singapore

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(Dis)locations: Dutch Disabled LGBTQ+ Subjects and Queer Social Space, Sarah Cavar, Mount Holyoke College

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Tibetan Perceptions of LGBTQ, Lauren Champagne, Lafayette College

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EL IMPACTO DE LOS CENTROS DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN LA COMUNIDAD / THE IMPACT OF RESEARCH CENTERS IN THE COMMUNITY, Ciera Cockrell, Davidson College

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El Valor de Verde Neoliberalismo, Crisis Económica y Políticas Polarizadas: Cómo Afecta en la Vida Cotidiana de la Gente de Clase Media en Buenos Aires. / The Value of Green Neoliberalism, Economic Crisis and Polarized Politics: How They Affect the Everyday Life of the Citizens of the Middle Class in Buenos Aires., Sierra Conboy, Gettysburg College

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Art in Tunisian LGBTQI++ NGOs, Emma Cooney, Boston University

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Binding Ideologies: An Investigation of Language Attitudes and Ideologies in the Moroccan Publishing and Book Sector, Ashley Coyne, University of Puget Sound

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“Gracias a Dios, Gracias al Comandante”: El uso de la religión como una herramienta política en Nicaragua desde 2006 / "Thank God, Thanks to the Commander": The use of religion as a political tool in Nicaragua since 2006, Azani Creeks, University of Southern California

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Preserving Identity Through Discourse in a Changing Ladakh, Emma Cyr, Brandeis University

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PLANT POETICS AND POLITICS OF THE WEST USAMBARAS: Power and Memory of Narrative Botanical Science in Kizanda, Sagara, and the Mazumbai Forest Reserve, Cameron Daddis, Vassar College

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Consciente o Inconsciente: El Rol de la Educación en la Formación de una Conciencia Social y Colectiva en la Juventud Chilena / Conscious or unconscious: the role of Education in Forming a Social and Collective Awareness in Chilean Youth, Samsara Davalos Reyes, Trinity University

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Ontology of Personhood in Ayurveda from the Perspective of Patients and Physicians in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh: An Independent Study, Denise DeFelice, University of Pennsylvania

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Sediment deposition within two Thalassia testudinum seagrass sites in Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panamá, Alexander De Jesus, Yale University

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The Personal as the Political: The Everyday Resistance of LGBTQ+ WOC in the Netherlands, Sofia Del Valle, Mount Holyoke College

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The Path to Mainstream Finance: Exploring Complementary Currencies and Interest-Free Lending, Ema Di Fruscia, Whitman College

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“Estamos aquí con nuestra propia fuerza” Las mujeres de AMUPAKIN y su lucha para preservar el parto ancestral en Napo, Ecuador. / "We are here with our own strength" The women of AMUPAKIN and their struggle to preserve the ancestral birth in Napo, Ecuador., Lilian Domenick, Haverford College

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Corruption Devolved: People’s Perceptions on Devolutions Impact on Transparency, Accountability and Service Delivery by the Government of Kisumu County, Kenya, Julia Fonshell, University of South Carolina

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La influencia del neoliberalismo sobre las ideas de lo “natural”: un análisis de las ideas de la naturaleza en urbanizaciones cerradas y grupos subalternos en Tigre / The influence of neoliberalism on ideas of what is “natural”: an analysis of ideas of nature in closed-gated and marginalized communities in Tigre, Catherine Fraser, Colby College

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Herpetofauna of Sumak Allpa: A Baseline Assessment of an Unstudied Island Herpetofaunal Community, Sara Freimuth, Claremont McKenna College

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The Draw of Revolution: Returning to Tunisia, Stephen Garrett, Georgetown University

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Education: Developing Self Reliance for Female Syrian Refugees in Host Communities, Mathilde Geannopulos, University of Michigan

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Participatory Development and Menstrual Health Management in South Africa: A Case Study of Project Dignity, Natalie Geismar, Washington University in St. Louis

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El Negocio del Desarrollo Internacional: Las Dinámicas Asimétricas de Poder entre Voluntariados Internacionales y Comunidades Locales / The Business of International Development: The Asymmetric Power Dynamics between International Volunteers and Local Communities, Ivana Giang, University of Southern California

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Violencia obstétrica: los derechos de autonomía reproductiva, tratamiento justo y accesibilidad en el ámbito de la salud maternal en San Carlos, Salta / Obstetric Violence: the Rights to Reproductive Autonomy, Fair Treatment, and Accessibility of Maternal Health Services in San Carlos, Salta, Emily Gleason, Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

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La intersección del afecto y el empleo: Los impactos del género y migración en las relaciones laborales de empleadas domésticas paraguayas en Argentina / The intersection of affect and employment: A gender and migration perspective on the complexities of the labor relationships of Paraguayan domestic workers in Argentina, Emily Gray, George Washington University

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A Disappearing Island: An Impact Assessment of Coastal Erosion on the Mnemba Island House Reef, Zanzibar, Kat Grellman

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Getting Sick Where Karma is Gravity: Disease in the Tibetan Perspective, Moreau Hadley

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Interacting with the Trail: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing an Environmental Education Program for Agnolakely Private Nature Reserve, Claire Hamilton, Luther College

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The UN’s Political Engagement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Reconceptualized Strategies in Humanitarianism and Diplomacy in the Middle East Peace Process, Alara Hanci, Tufts University

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El caso de Relmu Ñamku como observatorio para valorar potencialidades, riesgos y desafíos de juicios por jurados interculturales / The Case of Relmu Ñamku as an observatory to assess the potentials, risks, and challenges of intercultural jury trials, Carol Harding, Bates College

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Church and State in Rwanda: Catholic Missiology and the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, Marcus Timothy Haworth, University of Notre Dame

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Religion and Identity in a Globalized Morocco, Jennifer Morgan Hekking, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

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The Art of Peer Pressure: Social Desires as Incentives to Join Students Protests in Jordan, Jordan Hughes, Washington University in St. Louis

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A Tale of Two Ṭuruq: An Exploration of Sufism in Morocco through the Qādiriyya Budshishiyya and Tijāniyya, May Hu, University of Virginia

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Reaching Out: Navigating the Ethical, Legislative, and Physical Obstacles to Providing Assistance to Migrants in Morocco, Margaret Jackman, Colgate University

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Remembering Forgotten Foods: A Collaborative Project, Azher Jaweed, Sophia Alhadeff, Claire Roberts, and Avery Perkins

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The Lives of Smart Phones: People’s Relationships with Technology along the Tamor Valley, Candice Jiang, Brandeis University

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Forest conservation and timber management A case study of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Hoima District, Uganda, Nick Jickling, Hamilton College

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Takataka Talk: Waste Presence and Management in Ushongo, Kristen Jones, Brown University

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Sans-Papiers, Sans-Santé: A Study of Undocumented Migrant Women’s Access to Reproductive and Obstetric Health Care in Switzerland, Sarah Kinch, Washington University in St. Louis

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Somos todos juncos y Mapuches / We are all reeds and Mapuches, Jonah Kone, University of Puget Sound

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The Mountain Stands: An Autoethnographic Inquiry into Zulu Christians' Approaches to Spiritual Health, Makayla Lagerman, Bucknell University

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La Lengua de Señas: Potencial y Poder en la Transición de un Enfoque Médico a la Perspectiva Socio-Antropológica de Niños Sordos / Sign Language: Potency and Power in the Transition from a Medical Approach to the Socio-Anthropological Perspective of Deaf Children, Noah Lanckton, University of Vermont

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The Contributing Factors to Adolescent Depression, Josie H. Lee, University of Michigan

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Partidarios de la vida: Resiliencia en los afectados directos de la dictadura en Arica, Chile / Supporters of life: Resilience in the direct victims of the dictatorship in Arica, Chile, Danielle Levinson, Wesleyan University

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Growing a Garden of Healthy Masculinities: Combating Homophobia in the Imagine Project Workshops, Mia Lloyd, Smith College

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The Poetics of Power The role of women’s writing in the Moroccan Education System, Eli Makovetsky, Brown University

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Se necesita un pueblo para criar a un niño: El desplazamiento de los hijos de Cochabamba, Bolivia / A village is needed to raise a child: The displacement of the children of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Julia Mancini, George Washington University

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When Packaged Food Pollutes our Body and Earth: Plastic Packaged Food Consumption and Waste Disposal Practices in the Himalayas, Jared Marsh and Jessica Shalvey

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Mental Maps, Occupation... Liberation? The Impact of the Israel-Palestine Conflict on the Security and Legitimacy of the State of Israel and the Struggle of Palestine, Malea Martin, Claremont McKenna College

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“Religion is Religion; My Life is My Life”: Religious Influences on Family Planning Decisions in Kapchorwa District, Uganda, Sarah Mathys, Georgetown University

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Blooming Mountains of Biodiversity: An Investigation of Angiosperms on Cerro Mayordomo, Tungurahua, Ecuador, Ella Matsuda, Rice University

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Articulación y apoyo del programa de los Agentes Sanitarios de Mendoza: de la teoría a la práctica / Coordination and support in Mendoza’s Community Health Worker program: from theory to practice, Kelly McHugh, Pomona College

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Cuando la vida era tranquila: Land use and livelihood changes following the construction of the Chan 75 dam in Nance del Risco, Bocas del Toro, Patrick McKenzie, University of South Carolina

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The Aftermath of War: Improving Psychosocial Measures to Address Trauma in Child Refugees in the Schengen Zone, Nivedha Meyyappan, Indiana University Bloomington

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Espacios de poder: percepciones de la representación política de las mujeres en Tapacarí, Cochabamba y La Paz / Spaces of power: perceptions of the political representation of women in Tapacarí, Cochabamba and La Paz, Margaret Mischka, Macalester College

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Impacts China’s Maternal and Child Health Care Law has had on Tibetan Birthing Practices In the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Hannah Mishriky, Saint Michael’s College

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Salud callejera: La Atención Primaria de Salud en los márgenes de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires Redes de cuidado de una organización de la Sociedad Civil para personas en situación de calle / Street health: Primary Care in the margins of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Care networks of a Civil Society organization for individuals experiencing homelessness, Brandon Morande, Bowdoin College

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Women in Parliament: A Study of Issue-Specific Female Coalition Building in Morocco, Lura Morton, University of Puget Sound

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Development of Health Rehabilitation in Mainland China: From Traditional Chinese Medicine to Modern Western Rehabilitation Methods, Michelle Moy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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MONEY SPEAKS: EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND FACING DEVELOPMENT IN RASUWA, Ariel Murray, Smith College

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What Lies in the Gray: Creative Analytic Pieces on the Formation and Evolution of Beliefs in Masxha, Robin Mwai, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Avian diversity and abundance in three different vegetative landscapes around a shade-grown coffee plantation on Mount Totumas, Chiriquí Highlands, Panamá, Samantha Myers

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The Impact and Effectiveness of Life Orientation on Six Students at The University of Cape Town, Sydney Nathan, Skidmore College

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Let’s Talk Takataka: Impacts of Plastic in the Stone Town Harbor Area, Zanzibar, CJ O’Brien, California Lutheran University

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Integration of plastic recycling within a smaller community: Reducing Plastic Pollution in the Environment, Olivia Palenscar, Scripps College

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Addressing Extreme Vulnerability: Remaining Barriers to Neonatal Healthcare Delivery in Conflict Areas, Olivia Palmer, Boston College

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PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF A SPECIAL SCHOOL: THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME IN NAVI MUMBAI, INDIA, Jennifer Peterson, George Washington University

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AN EXAMINATION OF PERCEPTION GAPS IN EDUCATIONAL ACCESS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN AMMAN, Ramya Prabhakar, Johns Hopkins University

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UN GIRO ONTOLÓGICO EN LA COSMOVISIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA: El papel del capitalismo y otras influencias en el cambio de las percepciones tradicionales de la naturaleza en la comunidad Quechua de Paru Paru / AN ONTOLOGICAL TURNOVER IN THE COSMOVISION OF NATURE: The role of capitalism and other influences in the change of traditional perceptions of the nature in the Quechua community of Paru Paru, Jessica Pusch, Elon Univerity

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Terrorist Radicalization and International Security: A Crisis of Masculinity and Gender, Moiz Rehan, Williams College

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RACI (Red Argentina para la Cooperación Internacional): La cooperación internacional en el contexto de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Argentina / RACI (Argentine Network for International Cooperation): International cooperation in the context of civil society organizations in Argentina, Juno Rettenmier, Rice University

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Sacred Springs: Perceptions of Religion and Water in Village Communities of Uttarakhand, Juliet Risko, Dickinson College

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Water Capacity of Paramo Soils, Rafael Robert, DePauw University

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Take a Seat: A Critical Analysis of the Evolving Role of Women in Morocco’s Parliamentary Parties, Grayson Rost, University of Virginia

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Paradigmas del desarrollo urbano en Cuenca: abordando los procesos de segregación, marginación y desplazamiento / Paradigms of urban development in Cuenca: addressing the processes of segregation, marginalization and displacement, Sarah Rothschild, Whitman College

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Perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Western Society: A Focus Study on Switzerland, Sandra B. Saldana, Hamilton College

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Las barreras que enfrentan las personas Indígenas con Discapacidades en una Comunidad Rural de Paucartambo, Perú / The barriers what face the people Indigenous people with Disabilities in a Community Rural from Paucartambo, Peru, Julia Scolapio, George Washington University

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Dolpopa, Yvette Segan, Vassar College

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Barriers to the Elimination of Plastic in Single Use Beverage Containers in Byron Bay, NSW, Katherine Senechal, Colby College

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Are We There Yet, Impact Investing?, Manqi Shi, Southern Methodist University

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Nature and Nomads: Service Approach to Mongolia Tours, Jesse E. Shircliff, Gettysburg College

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Sitios de Memoria: una comparación analítica entre los espacios de memoria y Derechos Humanos en Buenos Aires y en Santiago / Sites of Memory: an analytical comparison between memory and human rights spaces in Buenos Aires and Santiago, Henry Shuldiner, Hamilton College

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Cherchant Toujours la Paix: Le Systeme Endogene de la Resolution des Conflits à Batoufam, Becky Sigman, Saint Anselm College

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Thangka Painting: An Exploration of Tibetan Buddhism Through Art, Hannah Slocumb, Harvey Mudd College