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 2008

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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

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Storybooks: A Teaching Tool for Sustainability, Amanda Medress, Oberlin College

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“Art as Direct Political Action:” An Investigation Through Case Studies and Interviews, Emily Meinhardt, Claremont McKenna College

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Transnational Anti-Imperialism: A case study of Witness for Peace and their relationship with El Regadío, Estelí, Sam Menefee-Libey, Willamette University

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Combating Educational Inequalities: Afro-Brazilian Youth & the Bahia Street Project, Kimberly Menendez, Pomona College

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From Subsistence to Existence: Worker Strategies in the Recovery of Talleres Union, Ryan Merz, University of Iowa

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Community-Based Income Generation: A Case Study of its Effects and Replicability in Urucureá, Santarém, Lucy Midelfort, College of William and Mary

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Walking Amongst the Sacred Spines: Social and Ecological Investigation of the Fenoaivo and Zanavo Sacred Forests in Southern Madagascar, Laura Miller, Macalester College

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Surfistas for Change: Building New Identity and Community in Poor Brazilian Communities Through Sport and Education, Stephanie Miller, Washington University in St Louis

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Economics, Epidemics & Eradication: A Case Study of Malaria in Madagascar, Kathleen Minton, Colby College

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The Stories of Juruti Velho, David Mittelman, Brown University

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Acceso Limitado a Educacion y los Efectos en la Experiencia Familiar por los Jovenes Aymaras Traslado, Adaptación Social y la Identidad en Arica, Kate Mooney, St. Michael's College

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Code-Switching Among Tunisian Women and its Impact on Identity, Krista Moore, Macalester College

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“We’re Talking About Sex”: Young Adults and Sexual Health in Northern Ireland, Caroline Erin Morris, Southwestern University

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Desarrollo de la Comunidad y Humano Como Resultado del Turismo, Annie Moulton, University of Virginia

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Art, Ritual, and Representation: An Exploration of the Roles of Tsam Dance in Contemporary Mongolian Culture, Mikaela Mroczynski, Smith College

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A History in Limbo: A Human Rights Perspective on Conflict-Ridden Nepal, Claire Mueller, Tufts University

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Baguncaco Cleans Up the Bagunca of "Racial Democracy", Afro-Brazilian Consciousness and Racial Identity in Alagados, Salvador, Bahia, Monica Mugure, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The Legacies and Potentials of Feminism in Art de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam: A Case Study, Tatyana Neplioueva, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Obstetric Fistula in Mali, Chandler O’Connell, Harvard University

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Prey Selectivity of Planktivorous Fish: Analysis of Stomach Contents in Four Pomacentrids at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, James O'Hare, Oberlin College

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The Flavor of Money: The Vanilla Industry and the Economy of Antalaha, Elizabeth Packer, University of California - Los Angeles

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Concentración Urbana: El Papel de la Competición, Jason Peuquet, George Washington University

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Health as a Basic Human Right: Efficacy of Quality Assurance for Healthcare in Uganda, Ally Pregulman, George Washington University

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South Africa’s Unsung “She-roes”: A Practicum Study of NPO Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town, Rachel Pryzby, Smith College

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Estatus Actual de los Búhos Terrestres (Athene cunicularia) en la Zona de Puerto López, Ecuador: Efectos de las Creencias y Sentimientos hacía los Animales Silvestres, Allison Qubain, University of Puget Sound

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Sigue la Lucha: Metodologías de Resistencia en Contextos de Cultura de Violencia, Alicia Quiros, University of Notre Dame

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Supervivencia Cotidiana: Un Análisis de las Estrategias de Vida de las Mujeres del Comedor Infantil Virgen Del Valle, Salta, Argentina, Kate Ono Rahel, Kenyon College

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“The Dust of Some”: Glasnevin Cemetery and the Politics of Burial, Nina Ranalli, Harvard University

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Urf: Islamic Biomedical Ethics in Rural Mali, Amanda Reider, Pomona College

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Interning at the Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Office in Geneva, Casie Reiss, University of St. Thomas

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A Culture Seen Through Cuisine: Traditional Zanzibari Recipes, Lizzie Resta, University of San Diego

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The Current State of Populations of Diadema antillarum on Isla Colón in Bocas del Toro, Panamá, 25 Years After Mass Mortality, Leah T. Ritz, Macalester College

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Corallivorous Reef Fishes as Potential Vectors of Coral Disease Based on a Study of Dietary Preferences, Tanya Rogers, University of Puget Sound

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Improving Beekeeping on Unguja Island, Larken Root, University of Puget Sound

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On Est Ensemble: A Participatory Study of the Jembe Tradition as Preserved by the Griots of West Africa, Joel Rowe, Fordham University

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“Chaque Femme a son Histoire:” Exploring the Lives and Voices of Sub-Saharan Migrant Women Living in Morocco, Silvana Rueda, Vassar College

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¨En Este País no se Habla con la Verdad¨: Investigando la Falta de Educación Sexual en el Ecuador¨, Laney Rupp, Scripps College

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Samoa: A Truly Religious Place? Views Toward Religion in Samoa, Angelica Saada, Swarthmore College

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Summary and Analysis: Mental Health Infrastructure in Ulaanbaatar, Mini Saraswati, Wellesley College

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Formal Education for Sustainable Development, Caryn Saslow, Skidmore College

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Behavioral Disparities Between Two Troops Of Lemur Catta That Occupy Different Habitats, Laura Saucier, Duke University

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Fijian Art: Traditional Roots, Contemporary Expression, and a Source of Livelihood, Emma Scanlan, Wheaton College - Norton

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La Sucesión Primaria de la Vegetación Sobre los Flujos Piroclásticos del 2006 en el Volcán Tungurahua, Lauren Schaefer, DePauw University

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Sacred Work: Transforming Spirit and Community in Lucena, Paraíba, Jenny Schneider, Brown University

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Alcoa in Juruti, Brazil: A Case of Environmental Injustice and Colonialism?, Caitlin Schroering, Denison University

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“Ahora es Cuando”: La Lucha por el Derecho a la Ciudad en la Villa 31 = “Now is the Time”: The Fight for the Right to the City in Villa 31, Margaret Scott, Macalester College

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A Domestic Pas de Deux: The Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist-Regime Relations in Jordan, Simon Shogry, Claremont McKenna College

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Faith and Freedom: A Profile of the Religious Environment in Mongolia’s Emerging Democracy, Jeffrey Sinick, Grinnell College

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HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care in a Long-Term Conflict Setting: Observations From The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) in the Teso Region, Emma Smith, Yale University

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The End of the Line: Understanding the Morocco-Algeria Border, Katherine Solberg, Boston College

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The Union des Populations du Cameroun and Third World Internationalism: Solidarity, Cooperation, and Abandonment, 1955-1970, Jamie Stevenson, Vassar College

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A Reassessment of Avian Assemblages Along the Lakes Corridor in the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland, Shaina N. Stewart, Kenyon College

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The Polar Thaw: An Analysis of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Environment and Geopolitics of the Arctic Polar Region, Alexandra Stoicof, George Washington University

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La Fragilidad Persistente de las Transgresiones: Los Mundos Públicos y Privados de los Vladivideos, los Medios de Comunicación, y la Fantasma de Fujimori., Annie Strother, Oberlin College

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The Influence of Medicinal Plants on the Spiritism, Religion, and Science of Tulear, Madagascar, Meghan Sweet, George Washington University

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Fortaleza’s Feminisms: Searching for Feminist Theory in the Centro de Referência da Mulher and the Delegacia de Defesa da Mulher, Paige Sweet, Washington University in St Louis

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La Mondialisation et les Croyants: Des Effets de la Mondialisation sur les Communautés Chrétiennes = Globalization and Believers: Globalization’s Effects on Christian Communities, Carrie Lee Tallichet, Texas A & M University