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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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

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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

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What the Fish is Going on Here? Are Regulations Being Followed at the Ver-O-Peso Market in Belém, Para?, Neil Thompson, University of Vermont

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Turkish – EU Relations: Let’s Just Say, It’s Complicated, Cora Allie Treske, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Factors Related to the Marital Satisfaction of Malian Women in Polygamous Marriages, Lauren E. Troy, Northwestern University

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Post-Fire Demography of a Dry Eucalypt Forest in the Midlands, Tasmania: A Pilot Study, Christine Urbanowicz, Gettysburg College

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The First Modern Diaspora Community in the Netherlands: Lessons From the Moluccan Experience, Jamie van Wagtendonk, Brandeis University

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Los Alcanzes y Límites de Participación Ciudadana: la Conaie y la Plurinacionalidad en la Asamblea Constituyente de 2008, Sara Vogel, Columbia University

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Glandular Secretions of Male Pteropus (Flying Foxes): Preliminary Chemical Comparisons Among Species, Jamie Wagner, Oberlin College

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Spray-Painting the State, Stenciling the Self: Opening Commons of Art and Identity Though Asamblea, Jesse Waldman, Columbia University

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Mivumba in Kampala: Tracking the History, Trade, and Perceptions of a Global Commodity in Local Culture, Claire Walsh, Vassar College

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ARAUCO y sus Políticas de RSE en la VIII Región del Bío Bío (Una Comparación Entre sus Políticas Medio Ambientales y la Situación Real), Jamie Warner, Colby College

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Ações Para uma Melhor Vida: A Situação de Prostituição no Novo Eldorado de Juruti, Megan Whelan, Brown University

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Calidad Química y Microbiológica del Agua y Acceso al Recurso Agua en la Comunidad de Solöng, Territorio Naso-Teribe, Bocas del Toro, Shira Wrightman, George Washington University

Submissions from 2007

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Sectarianism and Social Capital: Community Development in Northern Ireland, Becky Alhadeff, Western Washington University

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Faith as a Means of Healing: Traditional Medicine and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church In and Around Lalibela, Lauren Anderson, Villanova University

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El Cobre Para Hoy y Siempre : Hacia un Futuro Menos Volátil, Más Sostenible y de Mayor Valor Agregado en el Sector Chileno del Cobre, Nicholas Anderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Development in Our Own Words: A Survey of Development Perspectives Between Cameroonians and Americans in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Frieda L. Arenos, University of Vermont

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El Olvido Está Lleno de Memoria: El Proceso de Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica de la Dictadura de Pinochet, Sarah Arvey, Occidental College

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Why Logging? A Value Assessment of Forestry Uses in the Huon Forest District, Ryan Bailey, Skidmore College

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Kaya Hip-Hop in Coastal Kenya: The Urban Poetry of UKOO FLANI, Divinity LaShelle Barkley, University of Southern California

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Along the River Soumsoum: Urban Agriculture in Ngaoundéré, Winnie Fay Bell, Northeastern University

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Endangered ? Yambetta in its Speech Community, Carolyn Benbow, Pacific Lutheran University

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Crédito y Confianza: Los Impactos Socioeconómicos de Fondo Esperanza en Temuco y Padre las Casas, Rebecca Berwick, Brown University

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Leprosy: A Study of Identity Through a “Marginalized” Population, Aarti Bhatt, Marquette University

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A Critical Assessment of the Impact of World Heritage Site Designation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lauren Blacik, Carleton College

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Caring and Treating Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colleen M. Boley, University of Redlands

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Songs From Imerina: A Creative Study of the Evolving Craft of Merina Hainteny in Madagascar, Elly Bookman, Colby College

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Evaluating the Medicinal Properties of Mandravasarotra (Cinnamosa sida) Through Chemical and Pharmacological Screening, Henry J. Bowden Jr., Morehouse College

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Lambahoany: Une Utile de Communication, Joanna Bresee, Carnegie Mellon University

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Between Bottom Up and Top Down: The Truth-Recovery Debate in Northern Ireland, Suzanne Brundage, Bennington College

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V is for Voluntary: Uptake of HIV Testing and Counseling in Mombasa District, Kenya, Julie Caplow, Brown University

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“Le Goût de Travail:” Work Value for Bamiléké Children, Diana Carlson, Northwestern University

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Distribution of Ultraviolet-Absorbing Sunscreen Compounds Across the Body Surface of Two Species of Scaridae, Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman, Pomona College

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Environment as Social and Literary Constructs: An Exploration of the Relationship between the Environment and Mahafaly Oral Literature, Eugenie Cha, Bard College

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Tourism in Lugu Hu: Helpful or Harmful? Examining the Impact of Tourism on Lugu Lake’s People and Environment, Joana Chan, Vassar College

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Ontogenetic Changes in Feeding Ecology and Habitat of the Damselfish Neoglyphidodon melas at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Sai-Wing Chan, Oberlin College

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The Microcredit Impact: The Evaluation and Effects of Microloans on Caboclos Communities of the Tapajós River, Robert Chew, Oberlin College

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Struggle, Revolution, and the MST: Reflections on the Meaning of Resistance, Andrew Cole, Bucknell University

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El Royalty II y la Búsqueda de la Renta del Cobre Chileno: Un Análisis de la Política Económica del Impuesto Específico, el Royalty II, Sobre Cobre, Paul Collett, Pomona College

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Los Afro-Descendientes de Buenos Aires: Mitos y Realidades, William Cowles, Hamilton College

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Gaaro: Nepali Women Tell Their Stories, Sarah Cramer, Harvard University

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Learning to Live with the Past: Cultural Heritage Preservation in Aksum, Ethiopia, Lara Cueni, Hamilton College

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Les Actions et Motivations des Gens qui Transmettent et Maintiennent Encore la Langue d’Occitan, Rita Dainko, Miami University - Oxford