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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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

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A Portrait of Perseverance: A Glimpse Into the Life of One Family in Edehara, Tunisia, Kathryn Graves Tindell, Butler University

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Fighting the Man: A Case Study of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, Allison Grill, Skidmore College

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Global Advertising and its Implications on the Concept of Spatial Identity: A Case Study of Urban Billboard Advertising in Tunis, Kristen Hackett, Connecticut College

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Sex Education in Amsterdam: What They Do and Why They Choose to Do It., Coral E. Hackler, Fort Lewis College

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L’Augmentation des Associations Dans « l’État Providence », Sara Haj-Hassan, Rhodes College

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The Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine In Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, Alison Hardy, Wesleyan University

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Emotional Expression: Poems and Pacific Voices, Anna Lane Harmless, DePauw University

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The Interplay of Peace, Justice, and Logic: Bali-Bawock as a Case Study for Inter-Ethnic Land Disputes, Masumi Hayashi-Smith, Brown University

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La Religión y los Discursos del Progreso en el Valle del Colca, Eric Hirsch, Columbia University

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Smarter Mothers, Healthy Children, Smaller Families: A Look at the Impact of Women’s Education on Family Planning Decisions in the Sultanate of Oman, Kerala Hise, University of Puget Sound

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Molding Memory: An Analysis of the Relationship between Representations of Candomblé in Public Places of Memory and the Afro-Brazilian Community, Lauren Hobby, Williams College

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Samoa’s Tree of Life: A Study of the Roles of Coconut Products in the Samoan Economy, Past and Present, Dale Hoff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Las Canastas Solidarias: Construyendo una Comercialización Directa con los Productores, Un Análisis de los Métodos Usados Para Realizar Este Objetivo, Caitlin Howe, Pomona College

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The Stallion's Mane: The Next Generation of Horses in Mongolia, Amanda Hund, Carleton College

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Educating the Forgotten: Non-Formal Education in Urban Kampala, Eleanor Huntington, University of Notre Dame

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An Assessment of Subsidy Removal Effects on and Future Sustainability for Livestock Sector of in the Northern Jordanian Badia, Christopher Jetter, Hope College

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The Next Generation: A Case Study of Roman Catholic Youth in Suva, Michelle Johnson, St. Michael's College

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Teaching the War: What the Vietnamese Government Wants Students to Learn About the American-Vietnam War, Alex Joseph, Wellesley College

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El Plan Agua Bosque: Impactos Sociales y Ambiéntales de las Hidroeléctricas Comunitarias Propuestas en Intag, Jonathan Kadish, Pomona College

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The Role of Zoos in Creating a Conservation Ethic in Visitors, Elean Kazarov, Washington University in St Louis

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“Darle Cariño” Los Sentidos de Género y las Experiencias de Salud Sexual en Adolescentes y Jóvenes Embarazadas y Madres Usuarias del Centro de Salud de Presidente Derqui. = “Give Them care” Sentiments of Gender and the Experiences of Sexual Health for Pregnant and Teenage Mothers at the Public Health Center of Derqui., Tahira Khalid, Bates College

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Traditions in Transition: A Musical Perspective in a Changing, Developing Samoa, Colin Kiley, University of Oregon

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The Complexity of Re-Evaluating Antiretroviral Therapy Eligibility Guidelines for HIV/AIDS Patients in Uganda, Jennifer Klein, Washington University in St Louis

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Cancer Control: A Comparison for Progress, Stephanie Lachapelle, Stonehill College

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Renewable Energy and Agriculture: Promoting Biogas in the Rural Communities of the Lashihai Wetland Nature Reserve, Amanda Lee, Clark University

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El Legado de Al-Andalus en la Gastronomía Granadina y la Influencia Actual (The Legacy of Al-Andalus in the Gastronomy of Granada), Elizabeth Leibinger, Williams College

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‘Everything is for Him’: Mothers of Autistics as Agents of Social Change at Casa da Esperança, Alexandra Levin, George Washington University

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Present-Tense Tradition: The Conflict Over Commodification in Sauraha, Nepal, William Litton, Brown University

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Development in Morocco: Re-Examining the Effect of Remittance Flows, Tom Lochery, George Washington University

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An Enduring Scourge: The Evolution of Trafficking in Women for Forced Prostitution in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Elizabeth Longino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Kilombo do Kioiô: The Use of an Artesanato Program as a Program of Social Justice, Anna Losacano, Carleton College

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Heifer Tanzania’s Alternate Training Methods: A Study Comparing the Dairy Cow Husbandry Practices of Farmers Trained in Their Villages by Project Supervisors to Those of Farmers Trained by the Liti Tengeru Animal Husbandry Training Center, Ciara Lowery, Lehigh University

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Surgeons and Bureaucrats: An Interactive Research Experience at the World Health Organization, Hannah Lust, Brandeis University

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Le Développement de Perceptions: Une Etude sur les Opinions Concernant les Zones Franches à Madagascar, Victoria Mallett, Guilford College

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Como Mujer…Yo Decido: El Derecho de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva en Mujeres Aymara de Putre, Chile, Alice Manos, Oberlin College

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La Cuisine Renouvelable Une Evaluation de l’Utilisation du Foyer Solaire et de l’Epargne de Combustibles Dans la Région d’Ejeda, Andrew March, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Phoenix or Phantom: Residents and Sarajevo’s Post-War Changes, Katherine Marple-Cantrell, Columbia University

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Fighting the System From Within: CMPIO and Education Reform, Anna Marshall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Options for Rural Sustainable Development: An Examination of Solar Energy in Morocco, Wynne McAuley, Occidental College

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Human Mobility Through Closed Borders: The Impact of Morocco’s European and Algerian Relations on Sub-Saharan Immigration, Caitryn McCallum, University of Virginia

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Flowers and Feeders: A Comparison of Hummingbird Feeding Activity, Caitlin A. McHugh, Wesleyan University

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Romancing Dahalo: The Social Environment of Cattle Theft in Ihorombe, Madagascar, John McNair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Creative Ecology: Art’s Role in Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Issues in Australia, Michael Meade, Connecticut College