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 2019

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Endangered Danger: Christianity, Affect, and Harmless Snakes in Samoa, Ariel Abonizio G. S., Bates College

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The Impacts of Tourism on Subak, Sawah, and the Environment, Reiley Adelson, Saint Michael's College

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Islands in a Sea of Aaruul: Globalization and Mongolian Cheesemakers, Pearse Anderson, Oberlin College

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From the American People: An Autoethnographic Exploration of South African NGOs' Perceptions of PEPFAR, Antonia Asher, Tulane University

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La Estructura Neo-Colonial del Turismo Espiritual en el Perú: las percepciones locales de quien controla la mercantilización del ayahuasca en Cusco, Andrea Aspajo, Yale University

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Child’s Play: A Service Learning Project Conducted at ROROŠ, Nové Mešto pod Smrkem, Sanaya Attari, Denison University

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Unity in Diversity: Textile Expressions of the Human Condition in Times of Economic and Cultural Anxiety, Eli J. Baez, Whitman College

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Informing Joyality 4 Kids: Ecopsychology Education to Support Upper Primary Children’s Well-being Through Environmental and Social Crisis, Cambry Baker, College of Wooster

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Impacts of anthropogenic waste on Tasmanian Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) diet, Anne Bartlett, Cornell University

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Mixed Responses to Woody Encroachment in Icelandic Herbaceous Plant Morphology and Phenology, Cait Battle-McDonald, Smith College

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Mammals of the Northern Andes: An analysis of camera trap data and observation in Angochagua, Ecuador, Risa Berman, Saint Michael's College

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La construcción de espacios para la memoria: El rol de los actores en tres ex centros clandestinos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Quentin Bernhard, Muhlenberg College

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Socio-Political Criticism in Contemporary Indonesian Art, Isabel Betsill, Lewis and Clark College

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¿Quién compone la historia?: Un estudio creativo de la enseñanza y memoria de la dictadura cívico militar chilena a través de las artes y trabajos originales, Emily Beuter, The College of Wooster

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Terra Nullius: The Effects of Australia’s Colonial History on Sense of Place, Anna Beyette, Wellesley College

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El esfuerzo para establecer la Reserva Wilapewen: las motivaciones y impedimentos de establecer una reserva ecológica en la comuna de Curarrehue, Alexandra K. Black, Hamilton College

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Packaging Morocco for the foreign eye: A survey into the Moroccan tourism industry, Pangrum Boonbaichaiyapruck, Pomona College

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Kasbah 3, Kais Saied, and The Construction of a Post-Revolutionary Political Paradigm in Tunisia, AJ Braverman, Brown University

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Self-Perceptions of the French Community in Morocco, Madeleine L. Breunig, Grinnell College

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Primitive Palms: A density study on the impacts of harvesting natural materials for construction purposes on Sumak Allpa of the Amazon rainforest, Zachary Bull, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Influence of Gender on Female Business Owners in Ho Chi Minh City, Abby Busis, Emory University

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“El territorio como protagonista”: Un análisis de los recuerdos territoriales como parte de la memoria colectiva del pueblo mapuche / “Territory as a Protagonist”: An Analysis of Territorial Memories that Form Part of the Collective Memory of the Pueblo Mapuche, Sabrina Bustamante, Yale University

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Water and War: The Potential for Perpetuation of Conflict Due To Climate Change, Kaufman Butler, Occidental College

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Beach composition preferences for nesting populations of leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), Armila Beach, Guna Yala Comarca, Scott Campbell, Ursinus College

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Educator Perspectives on Suggested Changes to the Jordanian Education System as a Result of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Sara Sydney Caplan, Bowdoin College

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The Other Side: How Mexican-American University Students Living in Mexico Negotiate Their Transborder Identities, Francisco Javier Cernada, Harvard University

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How is Disability Seen? An Auto-Ethnographic Exploration of Disability in Urban Townships in Ethekwini, South Africa, Connie Chao, Wellesley College

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Perspectives on Community Policing of Durban Juveniles Living on the Streets, Dena Cheng, Columbia University

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Understanding Sexual Pleasure and Health: A Study of Urban Middle-Class Women’s Narratives in New Delhi, India, Solana Chertow, Washington University in St. Louis

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Indonesia’s “Fresh Meat”: LGBTQ Activism Amid Political Homophobia and Transphobia, Catherine Cho, Duke University

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Influencia del quechua en el castellano andino del Cusco, Perú, Meredith Church, Rice University

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Crisis in Crimea: A Case Study in Geopolitics, Jesse Clarke, University of Oregon

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Living with Bees: A Look into The Relationships Between People and Native Bees in Western Nepal, Alexandra Cobb, Middlebury College

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Seeing Every Corner of Tangier: A Photographic Collection Going Beyond the Media Sphere, Cynthia J. Coleman, Lehigh University

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Disability and Migration: How systems of violence intersect with the production and experience of disability for migrants in Morocco, Frances Condon, Haverford College

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Río Muchacho: La interacción entre agricultura orgánica, educación ambiental y ecoturismo, Tatum Contreras, Bucknell University

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SWAGriculture: A Qualitative Examination of Women’s Participation in Samoa’s Agriculture Industry as Farmers and Growers, Charlotte Crandall, Smith College

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"I Have Plenty of Things to Say:" The Language Choice of Senegalese Women Writers, Alexander Cullison, Beloit College

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Falta de dirección: Conflictos dentro del movimiento indígena de la provincia de Chimborazo, Yann Dardonville, Whitman College

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"Root Causes Not Symptoms": Sustainable Organizational Structures, Réseau de Lutte Contre la Faim: The Decision-Making Process in Combatting Systemic Issues, Ambar Deleon, Denison University

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La vulneración de los derechos e invisibilización sobre lxs migrantes senegaleses en CABA / The violation of human rights and the invisibilization of Senegalese immigrants in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Madeline Doane, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Life Events which Motivate Youth to become Climate Activists in Sydney and Canberra, Phoebe Dolan, Brandeis University

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Lepidopteran diversity and abundance across five different indigenously managed land use zones in the Naso-Teribe Territory, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama, Eli Dotson, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Perceptions of Whiteness, Eloise Doubleday, Hamilton College

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The Relationship Between Forest Management and Stream Discharge in Mazumbai and Baga II Forest Reserves, Tanga Region, Tanzania, Shannon Duffy, Colgate University

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Iceland's migratory birds in changing environmental conditions: An interactive synthesis, Frances J. Duncan, Smith College

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The Understandings and Human Cost of ‘Prevention Through Deterrence,’ as seen amongst advocates in the United States and Mexico, Margaret Edwards, Tufts University

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Pasantía en RED OSS: Más que una Clínica, Saad Ehsan, Rice University

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Internamente Solo: Escuchando y Resistiendo La Soledad de Adultos Mayores en La Araucanía, Chile / Internally Alone: Hearing and Resisting the Loneliness of Seniors in La Araucanía, Chile, Grace Ellrodt, Bates College

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Working for the Worker? A Study of the Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT), Ava Erfani, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Quality Over Quantity: A Comparative Analysis of the Quality Measures and Performance Between Switzerland and the United States, Lexi Farina, Cornell University

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La Mujeres y su Derecho a la Cuidad: Una evaluación del Proyecto de Integración Urbana en Villa 31 con perspectiva de género, Stephanie Fernandez, Yale University

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Mining’s Impact on Environmental and Human Health: A Case Study of Ramba County’s Gold Mine, Vivika Fernes, The George Washington University

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Basque Nationalism and Education: The influence of Euskara on student achievement in the Basque Country, Amanda Flores, Harvard University

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A Study of Scars: Narratives of Unintentional Childhood Injuries in Cato Manor, Carolyn Fox, Washington University in St. Louis

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A Preliminary Study for the Future Translocation of a Saimiri sciureus Troop from Sumak Allpa to Yasuní National Park: Assessing the Habitat Use, Population, and Behavior of a Common Squirrel Monkey Troop in Indillama, Kenia French, Tufts University

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Foraging ecology and behavior of batoids and their influence on coastal sandflats, Melanie Fyda, University of Redlands

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Humanitarian Negotiations & Humanitarian Principles: The interaction between humanitarian negotiations for access and organizations' ability to adhere to humanitarian principles, Gabriela Gil, Brown University

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Khookha McQueer: Advocacy for Non-Binary Queerness and LGBTQI+ Representation in Tunisia, Jake Gomez, Colgate University

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Tracing Race Through the Narrative of a Oaxacan Ex-Bracero, Carlina Green, Davidson College

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Kanjirowa Blues: An Exploration of Environmental and Climate Consciousness in Lower Dolpa, Nepal, Casey Greenleaf, Northeastern University

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Quiscalus mexicanus vocalization pitch and traffic noise in breeding populations along the Cinta Costera highway and in downtown Gamboa, Panamá, Benjamin P. Gregory, Vassar College

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The Truth in Fiction: A Discussion of Educational Agency and Hierarchical Truth in Children’s Literature, Grace Griffin, Smith College

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Forjando un feminismo (no) transgeneracional: Una examinación de la memoria y la construcción de identidades en el movimiento estudiantil feminista del 2018-19, Isabel Guarnieri, Brown University

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Evaluating the Impact of Feed Supplementation on Productive and Reproductive Efficiency in Smallholder Dairy Cattle in Arusha, Tanzania, Hayley Hall, Cornell University

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Behavioral Responses to Ancestral Predators in Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) on Misali Island, Tanzania, Isabelle Hanna, Gettysburg College

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Post-Colonial Restructuring of Human Rights Systems in Morocco, Kristen Hansen, Luther College

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When Crayons Meet Tibetan Living Room Walls: Early Childhood in Exile, Emma Hart, Vanderbilt University

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La lucha por urbanización: El derecho de elegir donde y como vivir, E. Joella Hartzler, Vanderbilt University

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Nationalizing Services for the Trans-National: How Sub-Saharan Migrants Navigate Healthcare Access in Tunisia, Batoul Hasan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Activity, Distribution, and Density of Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) on Misali Island, Pemba Island, Tanzania, Raegan Hasselbring, University of Denver

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“What Are You?” An Exploration of Race and Mixed Identity in the Netherlands, Claire Haug, Smith College

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Unfair Standards: Media Influence on the Fairness Paradigm in India, Sahana Heiderscheidt, Boston College

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The Last Yak Song: A Recount of the Decline of Pastoral Herding in Lower Mustang, Rachel Hellman, Washington University in St. Louis

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The influence of location, positioning, and seasonality on feeding behavior of the Sydney Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) in New South Wales, Australia, Nathaniel Hess, University of Puget Sound

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Understanding Residential Segregation: Community Relations and Marginalization for Migrants from South of the Sahara in Rabat, Morocco, Ben Hickman, Whitman College

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Couvrant les Yeux, les Oreilles et la Bouche: How the Musée Royale de Batoufam Preserves Tradition and Culture for Multiple Audiences and Perspectives, Julia Hirsch, Macalester College

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Queer Otherwise: Embodying a Queer Identity in Cape Town, Teak Emanuel Hodge, Georgetown University

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“Oh Lord, Save Us from Such Monsters:” Maternal Impression and Monstrous Births in the Eighteenth-Century Netherlands, Sara Hollar, Smith College

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Las Buenas Vibras y el Buen Vivir el ‘Desarrollo’ Turístico por la Ruta Del Sol, Devon Hornberger, The George Washington University

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Subsistence in Samoa: influences of the capitalist global economy on conceptions of wealth and well-being, Tess Hosman, Mount Holyoke College

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El rol de los agentes sanitarios para mejorar el acceso a la salud sexual y reproductiva para mujeres en San Carlos, Mendoza. / The role of agentes sanitarios in improving access to sexual and reproductive health for women in San Carlos, Mendoza., Laura Hult, University of Iowa

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The House of the Fish: Collaborative Coral Reef Awareness Project on Nosy Be, Meghan Hurley, Colby College

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Lived Experiences of Temporary Permanence: The Syrian Perspective on Humanitarian Response and ‘Guest Status’ in Jordan, Leila A. Ismaio, Colgate University

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Primates of the Padangtegal Monkey Forest: Aggressive, Submissive and Affiliative: Interactions between the Balinese Long-Tailed Macaques and Tourists, Marleigh Jenkins-Morse, Macalester College

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Supplying Slaves: The Disguise of Greener Pastures: An Exploratory Study of Human Trafficking in Uganda, Kyla Johnson, Skidmore College

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A comparative study on Mental Health Knowledge Based on Socioeconomic Status in Kisumu Kenya 2019, Mashoud Kaba, Washington University in St. Louis

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Reimagining future sustainable, climate-resilient urban design for Apia, Samoa: Developing Plans for a Developing Nation, Alyssa Kaewwilai, Gettysburg College

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"It Is Our Own Thing": The Expression of and Limits to Enculturation at St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish, Kayleigh Kaminski, Macalester College

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From traps to snapshots: Examining the ecology of feral predators and native small mammals in southeastern Australia through case studies of two faunal sampling methods, Katherine Karson, Oberlin College

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¡Reparación Ahora!: La lucha del Colegio de Profesores de Chile y los profesores jubilados para reparar la “deuda histórica” y el legado de la dictadura militar en la profesión docente chilena., Olivia Keane, Vassar College

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Is Technology the key to prevention of falls among the elderly in rapidly aging societies? A case study of Kunming, China, Phoebe Kiburi, Duke University

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Church of the Scattered: Navigating Cultural Identity in the Protestant Churches of Senegal, Joy Kirkland, Spelman College

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Intergenerational Link Between Mother Activists and their Daughters in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Shana Kleiner, Skidmore College

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The Role of Local Communities in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Jordan, Anna Fraher Klingensmith, Duke University

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Women in Conservation: A Study of Effective Community-Based Conservation and the Empowerment of Women in Tanzania, Ruby Krietzman, University of Puget Sound

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An Assessment of Coral Bleaching near Misali Island, Tanzania, Danielle Kulick, Tulane University

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Gambaru-ando: Las Familias de los Desaparecidos de la Colectividad Japonesa (FDCJ) y su lucha por la memoria, verdad, justicia, y visibilidad / Embodying gambaru: Nikkei Families of the Desaparecidos and their Fight for Visibility in the Movement for Memory, Truth, and Justice, Mieko Kuramoto, Smith College

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Multicultural Narratives: Language as a Site of Struggle for Amazigh Rights Activism in Morocco, Joyce Lee, Hamilton College

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The Process of Conducting Socioeconomic Research in Vietnam: An Internship with the Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Kira Le, The George Washington University