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

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Un análisis histórico de la respuesta de organizaciones sindicales a la pandemia de COVID-19, Rachel Hodes, Wellesley College

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Las perspectivas y experiencias de los profesionales del campo de la reproducción asistida en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires y Bahía Blanca en el año 2020. / The perspectives and experiences of the professionals in the field of assisted reproduction in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Bahía Blanca in 2020., Calder Hollond, Pomona College

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El cuerpo en la poesía de mujeres ecuatorianas, Chloe Hood, Whitman College

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(Des)cuidando a quienes nos crían: Una exploración cualitativa del abordaje para el diagnóstico, la prevención y el tratamiento de la depresión posparto en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2020) / (In)adequate care for those who raise us: A qualitative exploration of the approach to diagnosis, prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the City of Buenos Aires (2020), April Hopcroft, Smith College

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Tramitación social después del trauma colectivo: Un análisis de las respuestas colectivas en torno el trabajo de las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo de Argentina después de la última dictadura cívico-militar / Social processing after collective trauma: An analysis of the collective responses around the work of Argentina’s Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo after the most recent civic-military dictatorship, Sarah Horwitz, Washington University in St. Louis

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La Relación entre Cambio Climático y Migración en los Andes de Perú: Los Q’ero, Taquile y la Cordillera Blanca, Sam Hosmer-Quint, Kenyon College

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

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Una evaluación de la evolución y el futuro de la vigilancia de la pesca ilegal en Antártida bajo la CCRVMA, Courtney Jacobs, Barnard College

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Empty Streets, Active Feeds: Moroccan Youth Activism in the Age of Social Media, Samantha Jaloza, Emory University

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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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Good Intentions, Mixed Results: Why Aid in Uganda Is Fragmented and What Can Be Done About It, Samuel D. Johnston, Willamette University

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Two (or more) viruses in one bat: a systematic quantitative literature review of viral coinfection in bats, Eli J. Kaufman, Vassar College

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“Gender and Sexual Minorities Identity Terms” Academic Discourse in Nepal Over Time, Carolyn Kelly, Barnard College

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A Comparison of Entrepreneurship: Uganda and the United States of America, Jordan Killen, The University of Vermont

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“El fútbol no tiene género”: confrontar, desafiar y cambiar la narrativa sexista del fútbol femenino en Argentina / “Soccer has no gender”: confronting, challenging, and changing the sexist narrative of women’s soccer in Argentina, Adia Klein, Yale University

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Gender-based Violence During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic: New Challenges and Adaptations at Haguruka, Asia Korkmaz, Wellesley College

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The Indigenous as Orthodox: Religious Evolution in Tana Toraja, Charles Perry Lange, Whitman College

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Understandings of Sexual Consent Among Male and Female Zulu South Africans in Masxha, KwaZulu-Natal, Larkin Levine, Washington University in St. Louis

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

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La construcción del imaginario de una ciudad multicultural: el Barrio Chino de Buenos Aires como exhibición pública de cultura, Yiran Lin, Columbia University

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Encuadrar el aborto: Un estudio de caso de dos medios impresos porteños durante el debate en el Congreso Nacional de Argentina en 2018 / Framing Abortion: A Case Study of Two Buenos Aires Print Media during the Debate in the Argentina National Congress in 2018, Emma Lohman, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Casablanca Bombings, Preventing Violent Extremism, Imam Training Program, Commander of the Faithful, Religious Pluralism, Rachel Macnow, Emory University

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“En defensa por la salud”: Los actores sociales en la construcción del movimiento social en Chile, Karina Martinez, Washington University in St. Louis

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Parásitos gastrointestinales de Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Sarah Martínez, Brown University

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Surviving Under the Reign of El Niño Southern Oscillation: An analysis of the effects of extreme El Niño events on the oceanographic and biological environment of the Galápagos Islands, Ava McIlvaine, Scripps College

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Examining “Empowerment”: Insights into the Murshidat Program in Morocco, Hannah McKenzie, Bates College

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El Ingreso Familiar de Emergencia en Argentina: una exploración cualitativa preliminar de la suficiencia relativa y el acceso / Emergency Family Income in Argentina: a qualitative and preliminary exploration of relative sufficiency and access, Seamus McWilliams, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Impactos en la salud pública y desigualdades frente al cambio climático en América Latina: Una aproximación hacia las consecuencias diferenciales de las inundaciones y olas de calor en la Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo. / Public health impacts and inequalities in the face of climate change in Latin America: an approach towards the differential consequences of floods and heat waves in the Matanza Riachuelo watershed., Julia Mettler-Grove, Smith College

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El proceso de decolonialidad en las escuelas chilenas: Desde la educación popular y la pedagogía crítica hasta las prácticas educativas regulares, Georgia Moses, Bates College

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Climate Change and Migration in Madagascar: Investigating the impacts on people, ecosystems, and natural resources, Eloise Parish Mueller, University of Oregon

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EL COVID-19 Y EL DERECHO A LA INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS EN LA REGIÓN DE ARICA Y PARINACOTA / COVID-19 and the Right to Information of Indigenous Peoples in the Region of Arica and Parinacota, Finn Odum, Macalester College

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From the Ulama to the Legislature: Hermeneutics & Morocco’s Family Code, Rachel Olick-Gibson, Washington University in St. Louis

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Innovative Protection and Conservation of Coral Reefs in Madagascar, Meghan Parker, Colby College

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NGOs, Religious Diversity, and Displacement in Morocco: How NGOs in Morocco navigate religious diversity when working with displaced populations from other countries, Anjali Patel, The George Washington University

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Sin acceso a alimentos seguros, saludables y económicos: el modelo agroindustrial dominante y sus efectos en los consumidores en Salta, Argentina / Without access to safe, healthy, and affordable food: the dominant agroindustrial model and its effects on consumers in Salta, Argentina, Sara Paulsen, Williams College

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La minería del litio en Salinas Grandes: Un análisis de diferentes narrativas en torno a la extracción de litio desde 2010 hasta el presente / Lithium mining in the Salinas Grandes: An analysis of different narratives surrounding the extraction of lithium from 2010 until the present, Sofia Perrotto, Smith College

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Migración y salud en Chile: el impacto del coronavirus en la vida de los migrantes, Summer Reyes, Washington University in St. Louis

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El rol del gobierno en las campañas sanitarias de VIH, COVID-19 e Influenza, Sydney Reyes, Washington University in St. Louis

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

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Encuentros intergeneracionales: Continuidades y reformulaciones en las prácticas militantes de las jóvenes integrantes de espacios de acompañamiento de aborto en la AMBA / Intergenerational encounters: Continuities and reformulations in the activist practices of the young members of abortion accompaniment spaces in the AMBA, Hannah Robinson, University of Maryland

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COVID 19 in U.S. Migrant Detention Centers: The Call for Freedom in the Face of a Global Pandemic, Salma Rojas, Occidental College

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Climate Change Effects on Volcanoes in the Tropics: A review of the deglaciation of Antisana and its effects on subsequent water streams and rivers over 20 years, Callie C. Rominger, Whitman College

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¿ES SUFICIENTE LA LEY DE PARTO RESPETADO? Una investigación sobre el parto respetado y la intervención médica, a partir de las opiniones de los profesionales de la salud y una organizacion de la sociedad civil en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina / IS THE RESPECTED BIRTH LAW ENOUGH? An investigation on the respected birth and medical interventions through the opinions of health professionals and a civil society organization in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jennifer Rufino, Pomona College

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La justicia medioambiental y la minería aurífera: Las implicaciones de la deforestación y la contaminación de metales pesados en Madre de Dios, Perú, Madison Scully, Georgetown 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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The Social Dimensions of Reproductive Health: Analyzing Disparities in Morocco through Health Indicators and Social Determinants, Mila Sicorsky, Vanderbilt University

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

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Rastreo de la agencia de los Uchurracaínos: Yuxtaposicionando la CVLL y la CVR para analizar la representación de la gente indígena durante la Violencia Política Peruana, Emma Smith, Macalester College

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Mysticism and Syncretism on the Island of Java, Ryan Smith, Whittier 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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Non-Conventional Vehicles as a Way Towards Carbon Neutrality in Iceland, Julia Sokolowska, Wellesley College

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The Right to Housing in Spain: Community Action and Alternative Housing Models, Georgia Sparks, Barnard 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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Analyzing the Social Impact of Gacaca Courts in the Reconciliation Process in Rwanda, Mary Thibodeau, Elon University

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¿Buscando estabilidad y encontrando crisis? jóvenes venezolanos en el estallido social chileno, Carmen Rio Vescia, Washington University in St. Louis

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

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Iskay Simipi Yachay: El papel de la educación intercultural bilingüe en la preservación y valoración de la lengua quechua en Perú, Tori Wiese, Albion College

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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

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An Apex Predator in Peril in the Western Lowlands of Ecuador: Mapping the Population Distribution of Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja) in a Highly Deforested Region, Samuel Zhang, Amherst College

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