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 2020

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The Public Secret and Private Pain of Wartime Sexual Violence: Comparing the Heroinat Memorial and the 2020 Newborn Monument from the Perspective of NGOs in Kosovo, Martha Beliveau, Grinell College

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Macroinvertebrate Community and Temperature Changes in a Michigan Stream, Nyika Campbell, University of Colorado Boulder

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Facebook’s Façade: Understanding The Disillusionment of Tunisian Youth, Adam Cooper, University of Virginia

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Medical Trust in Pediatric Care in the United States, Talia Feldscher, Wesleyan University

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An overview of supply-chain logistics in international humanitarian aid: finding challenges and solutions, Arjun Ganga, Brown University

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Gen Z Perspectives on Climate Change and the Future: Having the courage to imagine and fight for a better world, Isabelle Graj, Brandeis University

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The Motif of Children in War in Memorialization Practices in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ana Gvozdić, Macalester College

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Conservation efforts concerning native bee species of Michigan, Thomas Hellman, Denison University

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Internship Paper: Completed at the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo, Julia Herzfeld, Smith College

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Colonial Patronage: Evolutions in the Critique of Sartre’s “Orphée noir”, Gus Huiskamp, Hamilton College

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North Korean Refugees Along the Route to Freedom: Challenges of Geopolitics, Deborah Da Sol Jeong, University of California San Diego

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Linguistic Differences in Swiss cantons and its role on the national identity, Karen Lin, Hamilton College

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Prescribing Public-Private Partnerships to Global Health Initiatives, Elizabeth Rhoads, The George Washington University

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The Cultural and Systemic Influence on Substance Use Disorder, Christina Seery, Franklin & Marshall College

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Why is Las Vegas busy everyday? A behavioural analysis of impact investors’ attitude and decision-making process, Isha Shah, Bennington College

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Constructions of Democratic Citizenship and Civic Education in Tunisia, Abigail Smith, Barnard College

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A Look into the Varying Usage Patterns of Traditional and Western Medicine Within Senegal’s Urban Centers, Sarah Smith, Swarthmore College

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Connections With(in): Exploring the Intangibles of Public Transit in Prague, Sarah Stapleton, Smith College

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Crude Intentions: Evaluating the Growing Risks of Arctic Alaskan Oil Production, Eliot Stein, Tufts University

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The Key Factors Driving CCP Opposition to Taiwanese Independence, Connor Warshauer, Washington University in St. Louis

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Ensuring Accountability to Affected Populations in Humanitarian Settings: "Holding humanitarian organizations accountable to people.", Jazmin Williamson, Schreiner University

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Geopolitics and the Digital Domain: How Cyberspace is Impacting International Security, Georgia Wood, University of Michigan

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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Cuentos cortos sobre terrorismo de estado en Argentina: lecturas, análisis y usos / Short stories about Argentina’s state terrorism: readings, analysis and uses, Shannon Anderson, Davidson 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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Foraging Behavior in Atta Leaf-Cutter Ants: A comparison of disturbed versus undisturbed nests, Ariana Baetz, Mount Holyoke College

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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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Salud mental comunitaria: Implementación en Chile actual, Emma Baker, Vanderbilt University

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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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The Hapless State of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in India: A comprehensive look at life and medical services for ALS patients in rural Himachal Pradesh, Carson J. Bergström, Pacific Lutheran University

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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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The tourist and the toured: How hostel owners navigate the age of global gentrification, Brianna Bilter, Northwestern University

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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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Intersections Between Health and Disability: A Case Study at Disha Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Finnian Brokaw, The University of Vermont

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An Analysis of the Rajasthan Public Health System’s Response to the 2019 Dengue Insurgence, Luke Bryan, Boston 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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Perceptions of Rural Birthing Practices: A Glimpse into Maternal and Child Health for Women in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, Mackenzie Burke, The George Washington University

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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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Pensaba que Te Había Olvidado: El daño duradero de la Trauma que Viene de Tortura en la Dictadura Chilena, Antonia McDonnell Capossela, Scripps College

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El Otro Mundo Posible en el Horizonte: el Imaginario Político y la Política Prefigurativa de lxs Estudiantes de las Protestas de Otoño 2019, Lorne Carter, Colby 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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The Next Page of Yoga Anatomy: An Anatomical Lens on Selected Yoga Asanas, Viana Chau, Illinois Wesleyan University

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La Integración y Percepción de los Inmigrantes Venezolanos en Tacna y Prácticas Transnacionalistas, Darla Chavez Chavez, Occidental 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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Los proyectos educativos alternativos para terminar con la desigualdad, Samuel Christensen, Vanderbilt 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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Andean condor cliff and parental care behavior: A behavioral study of a chick and his free-living parents on the Peñón del Isco, Ecuador, Ellie Cohn, Tufts University

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Assessing the Implications of a Tidal Barrage Power Plant in Hvalfjörður, Iceland, Olive M. Colangelo, Knox 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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Designing an Accessible Wave Energy Conversion Device for Powering Ocean Sensors, Sophie Coppieters ‘t Wallant, Wellesley College

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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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“¿Qué es ser de izquierda ahora en América Latina?” Reflexiones sobre veinte años de los gobiernos progresistas latinoamericanos, el legado del ‘giro a la izquierda,’ y el poder del pueblo., Isabel Cushing, Williams 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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“Para nunca más vivirlo, nunca más negarlo”: El Legado de Violencia Sexual Durante la Dictadura, Isabel de la Torre, Columbia University

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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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Los efectos de la minería en la salud: El movimiento social Aymara en torno al Cerro Márquez, Maya Hajny Fernandez, Macalester College

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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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“GOOOOOAL!”: An Exploration of the Dutch-Moroccan Footballer Experience, Kate J. Freeman, Miami University

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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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Los Efectos de la Socialización Política en las Percepciones sobre los Migrantes Centroamericanos, Katherine Fulcher, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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El empoderamiento económico de las mujeres y los programas del Estado argentino / The Economic Empowerment of Women and Programs of the Argentinian State, Kate Fulshaw, Mount Holyoke College