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 2009

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The Phoenix, Catherine Jean Pond, Skidmore College

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Weathering a Different Kind of Storm: Vietnam's Reaction to Financial Disaster, Rebecca Price, University of the South

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Kibera Community Unconscious of the Silent Disease: STI, Sindhya Rajeev, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Tibetan Carpets…Or Are They? An Analysis of the Carpet Industry in Kathmandu, Nepal, Swetha Ramaswamy, The George Washington University

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Black & Red The Impacts of Development on Culture: A Case study of Dogon People of Sangha, Mali, Kathleen Remington, Middlebury College

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Spiny Forest Heterogeneity: Implications for Regeneration and its Detection, Catherine Reuter, Macalester College

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Chinese Painting: Philosophy, Theory, and the Pursuit of Cultivation Through the Dao, Elizabeth Reynolds, Barnard College

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Testing the Baobab’s Mettle: An Evaluation of the Sustainability and Economic Potential of Harvesting Adansonia digitata, Benjamin Rhodes, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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History of Tibetan and Exile Radio, Irene Richardson, Tufts University

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“Toliki taa ub’ookin.” “Tell Them Everything.” The Changing Sexual Practices of the Maasai Women of Engare Sero, Adrienne Rosenberg, Harvard University

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Democracy and the Tribal System in Jordan: Tribalism as a Vehicle for Social Change, Jennifer Rowland, Duke University

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Cool Head, Warm Heart: Governance and the Mission of Microfinance in the Case of MC2 Micro-Banks, Cameroon, Claire Ruffing, Boston College

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Mandatory Measles Vaccination Program: Is There a Place for one in Switzerland?, Anne Rushman, Washington University in St. Louis

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Responsibility for Disease Management on Rusinga Island: Reconciling the Limitations of External Aid and the Role of Community-Based Initiatives, Allyson Russell, Brown University

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Implications of the Monck Head Boat Launching Facility on Adjacent Intertidal Sessile Assemblages (Coral Bay, Western Australia), Megan Sabal, Miami University of Ohio

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A Study of the East African Slave Trade in Bagamoyo, Jake Salyers, Wake Forest University

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Global Discourse, Local Context: Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Morocco, Christine Sargent, Pomona College

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Seeing is Believing: How the U.S. Government and American News Networks Spun the Iraq War, Sarah Schenter, Brandeis University

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The Modernization of Fiji ’s Food System and the Resulting Implications on Fijian Society: A Synthesis, Brian Schultz, Lewis and Clark College

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“Leur Rêve et Leur Vie Sont Ailleurs:” University Student Attitudes Towards Migration and Domestic Opportunity in Morocco, Annie Seibert, Washington University in St. Louis

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Naši Narodi? Moji Identiteti: Four Youth Perspectives on National Identity in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jacob Seigel-Boettner, University of California at Berkeley

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VIH y Alcohol en Arica, Chile: Percepciones de Portadores y Profesionales, Lena Sessions, Macalester College

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La Crisis Financiera de 1982-1983 en Chile: Orígenes, Intervención, Efectos y Implicancias Para el Modelo Neoliberal, Luke Shoemaker, Connecticut College

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Bromeliads as a Breeding Site for the Dengue Vector Aedes aegypti, Eva B. Shultis, Brown University

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Conflicting Loyalties: Changing Roles and Relations of Labor Unions in Vietnam, Jan Slezak, University of New England

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“Samoanizing” Human Rights: A Generational Comparative of Views on Human Rights in Contemporary Samoa, Margaret R. Smith, Hamilton College

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“Edutainment”: The Role of Mass Media in the Development of an Effective HIV/AIDS Youth Awareness Campaign in Viet Nam, Carmin Smoot, University of Puget Sound

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A Multidimensional International Examination of the Impact of GMOs: A Biological, Economic, International Trade, Intellectual Property, and Geopolitical View, Kevin E. Soubly, Hope College

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Guardians of the Grassland: A Qualitative Assessment of the Success of Community-Based Wildlife Conservation in Mongolia’s Eastern Steppe, Alexandra Sprague, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Supplying Clean Water to Jaipur: A Study of Two Current Government Projects, Jenna Stearns, Whitman College

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“But Who Can I Talk to?” Psychological Services for the Parents and Children of APDK, Jessica Steinke, Wesleyan University

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Lamu Sensitive Aid: Barriers to Distribution, Acceptance, and Use of Malaria Prevention in Lamu District, Kelan Stoy, University of Denver

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Behind Your Beach Vacation: A Review and Evaluation of EIAs as a Legal Framework to Regulate the Environmental Impacts of Tourism in Zanzibar, Mahima Sukhdev and Ayelet Singer, Yale University, Oberlin College

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Children on the Margins: A Case Study of I Care's Hope Centre for Street Children in Durban, South Africa, Morgan Sullivan, St. Michael's College

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Breaking the Silence: Professionals of Hera Speak Out About Lesbian Battering, Janelle Thompson, Lafayette College

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Changing Chalk and Talk: The Reform of Teaching Methods in Vietnamese Higher Education, Jessica Thompson, George Washington University

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Breastfeeding: A Landmark in Global Public Health, Melissa Tinling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Miti Iko Wapi II ?, Taylor Tully, Colby College

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Environmental Conscience and Comportment of Youth in Dakar, Elizabeth Van Brocklin, Duke University

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The Heart of Forgiveness, in Light of Unforgettable Hurt: A Multi-Faceted Perspective on Reconciliation in Northern Uganda, Barbara Vi Thien Ho, University of Notre Dame

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Guide Accreditation in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area: A Study of the Practices, Attitudes, and Concerns of Small Tourism Operators, Nora Vogel, Wesleyan University

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‘These Things Are Simply Very Difficult’: An Exploration of the Existence of and the Relationship Between Sectarianism and Racism in Present-Day Northern Ireland, Coreen Walsh, Point Loma Nazarene University

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The Legend of the Almas: A Comparative and Critical Analysis, Nathan Wenzel, George Washington University

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Relájate y Disfruta: Lecciones de una Vida Musical y Temporal en el Zaidín = Relax and Enjoy: Lessons about a Temporal Musical Life in Zaidin, Granada, Laura Westman, George Washington University

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A New Kind of Middle Man: Looking at Fair Trade in Nepal, Julia Wilber, Hamilton College

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Doctors and Imams: Investigating the Integrated Schools of Mombasa, Kenya, Beth Ann Williams, Wake Forest University

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The Ties That Bind: Urban Migration, Family Networks, and Cultural Change in Modern Mongolia, Christopher R. Williams, Indiana University

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Vietnamese Resistence Mentality, Michael Williams, Hamilton College

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The Significance of Music Education in the Primary Curriculum, Mina Won, George Washington University

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El Desarrollo Sostenible: Las Aplicaciones de un Sendero Ecológico y una Farmacia Verde al Progreso Ambiental de Pucará, Ecuador, Matthew Woods, Kenyon College

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Creating a Category V: Conservation Perceptions and Cultural Changes in the Anjozorobe-Angavo Forest Corridor, Kate Wright, DePauw University

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El Carácter Militar de los Carabineros y Cómo Influye su Relación con el País, Joseph Francis Wyer, Occidental College

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The Material Remains of World War II on Viti Levu: A Historical Archaeological Inventory, Allison Young, The College of Wooster

Submissions from 2008

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Les Modes de Gardes et les Mères Modernes : La Conciliation de Vie Professionnelle et de Vie Familiale à Toulouse, France = Day Care Centers, Baby-Sitters and the Modern Mother: The Equilibrium Between One’s Professional and Family Life in Toulouse, France, Millan AbiNader, Bowdoin College

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Conceptions of Wilderness in Tasmania, Sam Adels, Macalester College

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Institution Building in the Non-Profit Sector Working as a Fundraising Consultant at a Rehabilitation Center for Children With Disabilities in Lira, Uganda, Crystal Alburger, Beloit College

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Hinchinbrook Area Boater’s Opinions Of and Compliance With Dugong Conservation Initiatives, Matilda Andersson, Hamilton College

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Bringing Peace Home: Experiences of Graduates of the Peace Camps Run by the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina., Becca Asaki, Long Island University

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Paradigms and Perceptions: A Chronology and Analysis of the Events of the Chan-75 Hydroelectric Project and the Roles and Relationships of Participants, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Jessica Barber, Oberlin College

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Second Generation, Not Second Class: How Role Models Can Help Second-Generation Muslim Youth Form Positive Hybrid Identities, Lindsay Bayham, Duke University

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Ejijiky: Une Etude d’une Petite Communauté au Sud de Madagascar et sa Dépendance sur la Mer, Julia Beaty, Smith College

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O Movimento dos Atingidos Pela Barragem de Tucuruí: Uma História Oral, Susan Beaty, Brown University

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Finding Balance and Identity: Second and Third Generation Immigrants in the Netherlands, Alexis Beveridge, Lafayette College

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Revitalizing the Human Spirit Together: A Case Study of Movimento de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim in Bom Jardim, Fortaleza, Ceará, Ana Bonilla, Occidental College

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Yupanchis: La Matemática Inca y su Incorporación a la Clase, Yonit Bousany, Brandeis University

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An Assessment of Housing Decisions Among Shabia Residents, Allison Bream, Northwestern University

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Surviving the War, Surviving the Peace: Supporting Women Survivors of War-Rape and Domestic Violence in Medica Zenica, Zoë Brennan-Krohn, Brown University

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Taming the Mind: Current Mental Health Treatments and Obstacles to Expanding the Western-Model in a Tibetan Exile Community, Dylan Brock, New York University

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Visiones de Pertenencia: Comunidad Tras las Palabras de Personas Mapuche, Marissa Brodney, Columbia University

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Vertical Distribution of Spiders (Araneae) on a Tropical Island, Eric Brown, Bates College

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The Path of the Arrow: The Evolution of Mongolian National Archery, Eric X. Brownstein, Wheaton College - Norton

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Addressing the Crisis of Orphaned and Abandoned Children in Bamako, Jennifer Campbell, Sarah Lawrence College

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‘THE CORE RESOURCE’ The Role of Informal Caretakers of the Mentally Ill as Seen in Uganda, Dana Carroll, Northwestern University

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Imported Religious Sartorial Markers and the Beard: Perceptions and Politics in Morocco, Rachel Charlesworth, Lehigh University

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The 2008 Municipal Elections According to Nicaraguan Women: Nihilism, Hope, and Pragmatism, Teresa Cheng, University of Southern California

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American Influence in Spain Through Television, Dominic Corsello, Loyola Marymount University

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Study of a Self-Assessment System for the Ecotourism Group in Curuçá: Accounting for Tourist Opinions While Maintaining Initial Goals, Karina Hope Costa, Vassar College

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Reviving Ancient Traditions: A New Approach to the Emancipation of Malian Women, Claire Crowley, University of San Francisco

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Atravesando la Amazonía: Carreteras, Desarrollo, & el Camino del Desastre, Olivia De Lancie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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A Concentrated Look at HIV/AIDS: Transmission to Low Risk Women Through Intravenous Drug Users and Female Sex Workers in Da Nang City, Vietnam, Danielle A. DePeau, Stonehill College

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Hlavní Nádraží: Past, Present, and Future, Laura Dillon, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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“Left in the Forest and Forgotten” Land Policy and the Plight of the Benet, Anne Dirkse, St. John's College

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“Multi-Track Diplomacy” Through Enhancing Interreligious Understanding: A Case Study in Abrahamic Trialogue Between Jordanian and American Students, Nick Doctor, University of Tulsa

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Beach Fales: Sustainable Eco-Tourism and Cultural Preservation in Samoa: A Case Study of Beach Fales in Manase, Savai’i, Rachel Dolgin, University of Vermont

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Mangily : La Vie en Mieux Une Exploration des Effets du Développement et le Tourisme Communautaire sur le Village de Mangily, Madagascar, Breanna Draxler, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Hambre Cero and its Impact on the Holistic Health of its Female Beneficiaries, Chelsea Duttweiler, Emory University

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The International Market, Globalization and NAFTA: If Food Is Life, Why Have We Allowed It to Become So Dirty?, Abigail Dym, Mount Holyoke College

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Past Meets Present: History Education in Northern Ireland, Will Ehrenfeld, Tufts University

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Diary of the Hijab, Monica Ek, University of Redlands

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Sit Like a Bell: Sound and the Body in Tibetan Buddhism, Christopher Elford, Southwestern University

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Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitat Use of the Australian Freshwater Turtle, Chelodina expansa, Ellyn Ercolano, Bucknell University

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Waste Management Education in Samoa: A Collection of Case Studies on Present Issues, Kathy Feeney, Swarthmore College

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Tibetan Medicine: Carving a Niche in the Modern Medical and Scientific Community, Devon Marie Fitzgerald, Kenyon College

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La Lucha por una Comunidad Sustentable Los Campesinos Tonocote de Breayoj: Manejo de Recursos, Desarrollo y Elecciones, David Flannelly, College of Wooster

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The Blame Game: Water and Sanitation in Kampala’s Urban Slums, Noelle A. Fogg, Wellesley College

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Fiji’s Relationship with India: The Answer to or the Source of Fiji’s Problems?, Julia Fogleman, Duke University

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Growing Up Gay in a “Tolerant” Society, John Frank, University of Richmond

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Give Life Without Losing Life: The Casa Materna of Matagalpa and the Struggle to Prevent Maternal Death, Lily Emiko Friedman, Brown University

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The Exchange at Halesi: A Sacred Place and a Societal Context, Ethan Gohen, Brandeis University

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The Moving Landscape: Perspectives on Place, Emily Goughary, Hamilton College