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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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

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Understanding Mental Health From a Candomblé Perspective, Kerilyn Daniel, University of Virginia

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Senegalese Family Values and SOS Village d’ Enfants, Shauna Davidson, Southwestern University

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Effects of Standardization on Cultural Identity and Community Involvement: Transgender Clients at the Vrije Universiteit Gender Clinic, Benjamin Davis, CUNY Hunter College

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The Music of Senegal: A Way of Life in West Africa, Lucien DeLaBruere, Ithaca College

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Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management in South Australia and Victoria, Rebecca DeVries, Ithaca College

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Los Esfuerzos de Desarrollo Sostenible en Pucará, Ecuador, Eric Dooley-Feldman, Connecticut College

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“Con Paciencia” : El Proceso y los Desafíos de la Textilería Mapuche, Julie Dorian, Belmont University

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Murales y Memoria: Un Estudio Comparativo de Tres Casos de Arte Memorial en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Mya Dosch, Carleton College

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How Do Women in Prek Toal Village (Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia) Participate in and Benefit From Ecotourism?, Amy Dowley, Vassar College

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Buscando la Luz: Changes in Partería and the Loss of Feminine Autonomy in Oaxaca, Mexico, Hannah Ewert-Krocker, Vassar College

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Circumambulations, Prayers, and Meditations: A Journey to Kawagebo, Casey Flynn, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Biomass Combustion and ARI in Kiwengwa, Unguja, Eric Fournier and Nicole Poepping, Bucknell University, Brown University

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Where the Sky is High and the Hospital is Faraway: Strategies for Rural Public Health Education in Yunnan, China, Michael Frick, Kenyon College

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Technology and the Classroom: Computer Education in Jordanian Public Schools, Ketan Gajria, Tufts University

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The Politics of Engagement: The Influence of Identity on the Experiences of Activists Involved With the Roma Community in Serbia, Becca Gardner, Denison University

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La Presencia de los Derechos Humanos en las Realidades Escolares de Buenos Aires y Santiago., Thea Garon, Carleton College

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Responsibility, Reconciliation, and Remembrance: Serbian Youth Perspectives in Dealing with the Past, Erica Getto, Clark University

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Accounting for Ecosystem Flows: Setting a Standard for Australian Industries to Make Sustainable Decisions, Emily Gilbert, Franklin and Marshall College

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Community Forestry in Oaxaca: An Assessment of the Level of Autonomy in Forest Decision-Making and its Environmental and Economic Importance, Peter Gill, Carleton College

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Implementing Uganda’s National Wetlands Policy: A Case Study of Kabale District, Sophie Glass, Colorado College

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The Price of Gold: The Environmental Impacts of Toxic Chemicals in Gold Mining, Adam Goetz, Carleton College

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The Story of Eej Khad: Mother Spirit of the Earth and Her Children, Ethan Gohen, Brandeis University

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Living in the Margins: The Male Homosexual Experience in Salvador, Silvano Gonzalez, Pomona College

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Causes & Perceptions: An Exploratory Study of Suicide in Indo-Fijian & Fijian Youth, Marcie L. Grambeau, Eastern Michigan University

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You’ll Never Silence the Voice of the Voiceless: Critical Voices of Activists in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Kate Gunby, Kenyon College

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La Construcción de Paz y Esperanza en Nicaragua Los procesos de paz y su legado hoy en día, Christopher Hammond, Bennington College

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A Qualitative Study of Pregnancy and Maternal Mortality in Rural Senegal: An Examination of the Pregnant Woman’s Experience, Megan Frances Harlow, Amherst College

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The Learning Organization in a Post-Development Era: A Case Study on Orgnizational Development at the Valley Trust, Justin Haruyama, University of Puget Sound

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Predicting the Impacts of Serra Leste: a Case Study in Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s Influence on Southern Pará, Jason Hayes, Colby College

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Sin Vuelta Atrás: El Proceso de Cambio y las Amenazas Para el Futuro en una Comunidad Yuracaré, Joe Hejlek, Duke University

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Una Vision General de los Problemas con la Enseñanza de las Matemáticas en Chile y Posibles Maneras de Mejorarla, Samuel Hickey, College of Wooster

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Vecinos Indiferentes: Chile, Bolivia y la Gas Natural, Daniel Hodges-Copple, Rice University

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Tornar-Se Negro & Thinking Beautiful, Ayana Hosten, Claremont McKenna College

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Growing ‘Black Diamonds’: The Role of the Government in Small Business Development and Black Entrepreneurship, Will Houghteling, Harvard University

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Permission to Change: The Role of Culture and Cultural Tourism in Development, Heather Houser, Rhodes College

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Fueling Samoa’s Growing Transport Sector: The Impact of Rising Oil Prices and Imports on a Pacific Island Economy, Janis McDaid Ikeda, Lehigh University

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An Ancient Practice: Scarification and Tribal Marking in Ghana, Alyssa Irving, Connecticut College

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Unemployment, Women, and Taxis: A Study of the Taxi-Sister Program in its Test Phase, Mackenzie Israel-Trummel, Occidental College

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A Survey of the Cockle A. antiquata, Chumbe Island, Kelsey Jacobsen and Lisl Esherick, Connecticut College, Vassar College

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Creating Dreams, Fighting for Rights: A Study With Centro de Cultura Negra do Maranhão, Brazil, Laura Jenks, Brandeis University

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La Recuperación de Ex-Centros Clandestinos de Detención Como Espacios de la Memoria: Un Estudio Acerca del Caso del Ex-Centro “Olimpo” en Buenos Aires, Katherine Jensen, Vassar College

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Rescate sin Recursos: La Enseñaza Aymara en Codpa y Putre, Amy Johnson, Willamette University

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Une Division Ambiguë: L’Immigration et la Société Civile en France, Kristen Johnson, Point Loma Nazarene University

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Khal: An Exploration of the Language Around Blackness in Morocco, Rachel Leigh Johnson, Occidental College

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El Discurso de Derechos en los Planes de Racionamiento de Unión FENOSA en Nicaragua, Lindsey Kaley, Columbia University

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Beyond the Classroom: The Implementation of Creative Movement and Music in Schools for the Disabled, Rachel Katz, Bates College

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Roma in Vojvodina: Expressions of Cultural Identity Through Performance, Jane Kaufman, Wesleyan University

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Immigration: An Escalator to the American Dream Nicaraguans’ Experiences with Immigration to the United States in the Midst of the War on Terror, Allison Koenker, Vassar College

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Beauty Ideals & Body Image: Suva, Fiji, Melissa Kong, Hamilton College

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The Effects of Space on Sex Worker Experience: A Study of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Hannah Koski, Vassar College

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Masyarakat Tionghoa: Singaraja’s Chinese Community, Tammy Lew Lee Kreznar, Sarah Lawrence College

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Investigating a Method to Measure Sperm Transfer in Chelidonura sandrana (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea), Kate Kunigelis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Resistant Cultures: Punk Identity and Anarchist Resistance in Three Yugoslav Successor States, Jeff Lambert, American University

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La Identidad Colectiva del Pueblo Mapuche: El Pasado, Presente y Futuro de su Lucha Territorial, Katherine A. Lawyer, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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Construyendo un Nuevo Modelo: Un Estudio de la Relación Entre los Piqueteros K y el Gobierno, Daniel Lesser, Oberlin College

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Atua of the Aga: A Comparison of Ancestor Worship in the Highlands of Bali and Polynesia, Jamison Liang, Washington University in St Louis

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People Moving Matters: Theorizing Tourism and Migration on the Nepali ‘Periphery’, Adam Linnard, Dalhousie University