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 2007

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Black Identity Formation as Racial Politics in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil, Ariel Sloan, Harvard University

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A Case Study of Pediatric Diarrhea at Murchison District Hospital in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, T. Smith, Hamilton College

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The Individual Psychology of Tibetan Buddhism, Lee Spivak, Bates College

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Cuando Viene el Agua: Percepciones de los Impactos Sociales del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico “Chan-75” en las Comunidades Ubicadas en la Cuenca del Río Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Jeffery D. Stein, Wesleyan University

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Returning Home: The Makings of a Repatriate Consciousness, Hope Steinman-Iacullo, Wesleyan University

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En Busca de Equilibrio: Una Evaluación del Componente de Salud Intercultural del Programa Orígenes en la Primera Fase, Sarah Stellberg, Whitman College

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A Través de Nuestros Ojos: Un Estudio Fotográfico de Niños Trabajadores en Cochabamba, Bolivia, Margaret Ann Stewart, College of Wooster

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Sustainable Surfboards, Sean Sullivan, Bowdoin College

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Radio Sawa in Jordan: Different Perceptions, Together?, Michael Turner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Policing the Police: Democracy and Effective Methods of Accountability in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Alaina Varvaloucas, Yale University

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The Musician Is the Messenger: Islam and Jaliya in Mandinka Music, Blake Walker, Northwestern University

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Power-Sharing, Stability and the May 8th Devolution Day, Christopher A, Walker, Washington & Jefferson College

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Structural and Financial Constraints for Arabica Coffee Planters, Chloe Wardropper, Wesleyan University

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Preludes to Violence: A Comparative Look at the Pre-Maquis Period and Contemporary Cameroonian Society, Mathew Welch, Pomona College

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Economy of Change: The Organic Market as a Model for Agricultural Development in India, Amanda White, New York University

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Tertiary Education for Sustainability: Four Australian Universities’ Commitment to Sustainability, Meredith Wilensky, Washington University in St Louis

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Priming the Printing Press: The Growing Print Media in Bhutan, Philippa Wood, George Washington University

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An Observational Analysis of Psychosocial Behaviors and Caregiver Responses in the Durban Children’s Home, Sarah Young, Bates College

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Local and National Health Advancement Using the Power of Sport in South Africa, Lisa Zook, Davidson College

Submissions from 2006

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Interpreting Nature in Australia Through Poetry: A Personal Anthology Written Within the Erosion Caldera of Northern New South, Kyla Allon, Connecticut College

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“I Don’t Hate Them, They Hate Me”— A Study on the Perceptions of Homeless People in Melbourne and the Implications Those Perceptions Have, Devin Arthur, College of Charleston

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Muslim Women’s Religious and Feminist Identities: A Study of Muslim Feminism in the Bosnian Context, María Lis Baiocchi, College of the Atlantic

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The Art of Politics: Portraits of Ethiopian Emperors Throughout History, Anna Barrera, Northwestern University

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Volviéndose Rebelde: Participación Política Juvenil La Historia de Participación Política de la Juventud Nicaragüense: 1975-2006 Recurring Rebellion: Youth Political Participation in Nicaragua, Julia Beaufait, Eugene Lang College- The New School

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Não Sou Sua Puta: An Examination of Preconceptions of Sex Work In Salvador, Bahia, Charmaine Bee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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¿Hay Mujeres en las Minas? En Busca de Oportunidades Económicas Para la Mujer en la Minería del Cobre Pública y Privada de Chile, Leah Bell, Guilford College

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Loaning Health: The Effectiveness of Microfinance as an HIV/AIDS Intervention Method in Kibera Slums, Lara Berlin, Yale University

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Transnational Citizenship: Perspectives on Migration in the Greek Cypriot Community, Molly Bowen, Macalester College

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Current Issues in Healthcare in Samoa “Making-Do With What Is Available”, Veronica Braden, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Roma Education in Serbia: The Implications of Prejudice and Ethnic Conflict and the Potential for Change, Shane Branon, Drew University

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La Otra Camina Educativa: Being a Change to Teach a Change at SIIDENOFAL/CIDECI in San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Kailee Brickner-McDonald, College of William and Mary

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The Development of Weaning Practices Among Women of the Mombasa District, Its Effects on Children’s Public Health Issues, and the Proposition of Intervention Plans, Rachael Bryan, Wake Forest University

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The Development of Bilingual Education in Berlin’s Primary Schools, Elizabeth Buckley, Rollins College

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The Black Question, Nicole L. Butler, Loyola University Chicago

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Working with the Tabu: HIV/AIDS Education Strategies in Fiji, Amanda Butts, Ithaca College

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Wild Bird Banding and Testing for Avian Influenza in the Plain of Reeds, Vietnam, Kyle Campbell, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Traditional Practices and Governmental Responsibilities: An Investigation Into the Evolving Partnership Between Indigenous Brazilian Midwives and State-Provided Maternal Healthcare Services, Caitlin Canfield, Carleton College

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Peace Through Music: Music and Multiculturalism in Fiji, Felice Carey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Women’s Literacy in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, Brianne Carpenter, Hope College

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Malo le Folauga Brain Drain: A New Perspective, Mirna Carrillo, Occidental College

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Cross-Cultural Encounters: Gringos and Ladinos in Zapatista Territory, Amy Chin, Williams College

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Out of the Darkness: A Look at Violence and Politics Through the Experience of the UVF, Alec Chiquoine, Beloit College

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Contemporary Art in Samoa: The Role of Personal Expression, Christina Cioffari, Skidmore College

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Raising the Future: An Introduction to Three Organizations Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Using the Cluster Foster Care Model In Kwa-Zulu Natal, Madelaine Colby-Newton, Bethel University

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Malaria Prevention and Treatment in the Province of Toliara, Madagascar: A Socioeconomic and Cultural Perspective of Supermoustiquaire Use and Healing, Lily Conover, Bates College

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Faleoloa Laititi: The Role of Small Shops in a Developing Samoa, Nicholas K. Courtney, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Campesinas en Resistencia: Estrategias de Sobrevivencia Para Construir una Cultura de Paz, Camia Crawford, Brown University

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Dutty Wine: Ooman Big Up or Dis?, Nicole Cruz, Brandeis University

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The Missing Piece: Understanding Nairobi’s Traditional Medical Practitioners, Mufaddal Dahodwala, Swarthmore College

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Letters of the Bush: A Case Study of Traditional Setswana Herbal Medicine, Kristen Danley, Carleton College

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Knowledge and Social Movements: Promotoras Populares and Social Transformation Beyond the Classroom of Grupo de Mulher Maravilha (GMM), Shanna Devine, Occidental College

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Una Reflexión Sobre la Responsabilidad Extracontractual del Estado en el Ecuador, Christopher Dinkel, Pomona College

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Sea Urchin Predation in Misali Island Marine Park, Nicole Esclamado, Harvey Mudd College

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The Cyprus Property Issue: A Study on Proactive Steps to a Resolution, Anya Esmaili, University of Redlands

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Dai Medicine: Preservation of and Changes in Ancient Healing Practices, Geoffroy Fauchet

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“Sou Doméstica:” Construções de Identidade e Saúde das Trabalhadoras Domésticas Salvador, Bahia Brasil, Jenny Fauci, Harvard University

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Migrant Working Children in Ho Chi Minh City: Emerging Trends Between Economic Migrant and Runaway Child Workers, Paige Fern, Georgetown University

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Casa da Mulher do Nordeste: Feminist Visions of Development, Sarah Frazer, University of Richmond

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La Economía Solidaria: Ayudando a las Mujeres a Cambiar su Destino de Pobreza, Michele Frix, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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Here, There, and Everywhere: Tale-ing Liz Weir; Uses of Storytelling in Northern Ireland Today, Leanne Gaffney, Harvard University

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Chinese Landscape Painting, Maria Gambarov, Williams College

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From Soldiers of War to Soldiers of Peace: La Red de Promotores de Paz y Desarrollo, Stephanie Gharakhanian, University of Notre Dame

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Commercial Fishing, Jessica Glenn, Bucknell University

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The Art of Building Peace: How the Visual Arts Aid Peace-Building Initiatives in Cyprus, Daniella Gold, Brandeis University

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Mormonism in Samoa: Cultural Dialogues, Jessica Goman, Macalester College

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Stones, Slabs, and Stelae: The Origins and Symbolism of Contemporary Oromo Burial Practice and Grave Art, Christopher Grant, University of Chicago

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De Movimiento Político a Cooperativa Una Investigación de la Evolución del MTD-La Matanza, Will Greene, Stanford University

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What is Available vs. What is Accessible: An Evaluation of Resources for KwaZulu Natal Diabetics Based on the Data of KwaZulu Natal Experts and Cato Manor Diabetics, Mollie Gurian, Carleton College

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Uma Doença Esquecida: A Falta de Conhecimento da Hanseníase no Brasi, Anders Gustafson, Davidson College

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Percepciones de la Clase Obrera Acerca de la Central Unitaria de Trabajadores, Timothy Hatfield, Kenyon College

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Neutrality in Ireland: The War on Terror, the Use of Shannon Airport and the Irish Anti-War Movement, Margaret Havemann, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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¿Resolver la Tragedia de las Comunas? La Experiencia de la Caleta El Quisco, Amelia Hawkins, Wiliams College

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Bienes Raíces en la Comuna de Pucón, Brendan Hayes, Duke University

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The Effects of the Makgadikgadi Wildlife Fence on Cattle Populations and Local Cattle Industry, Jenny Hazelhurst and Elliot Vander Kolk, University of California - San Diego, Claremont McKenna College

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Nieuwe Moslima’s: Gender Discourse, Identity, and Conversion in the Netherlands, Jenna Henderson, Yale University

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Democratic Control of Armed Forces: An Analysis of the Role of the Parliamentary Assembly in the Defense Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elisabeth Hubbard, Davidson College

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La Política Comercial de la República Oriental de Uruguay: La Integración en el MERCOSUR y las Negociaciones de Libre Comercio con los Estados Unidos, Patrick Hudson, University of Virginia - Main Campus

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Voices From the Closet: Male Homosexuality and Dual Identity in the Republic of Cyprus, Tasia Jelatis-Hoke, Macalester College

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Nutrient Recycling: Rural On-Site Wastewater Disposal and Treatment in Can Tho City, Viet Nam, Micah Johnson, Berea College

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Nixi: A Case Study of the Influences of China’s Economic Development on the Fringe of Tibet, Zachary Johnson, Plymouth State College

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Antipodean Inscapes: Reflection of the Land as a Young Man, Michael Kantor, Vassar College

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State-Sponsored Terror and Security Force Collusion in Northern Ireland, Nate Keenan, St. Michael's College

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Climbing the Limitless Mountain: Daoism and the Internal Martial Arts, Sophie Kerman, Carleton College

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Individual Responsibility Concerning HIV Transmission Among MSM: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of NGO Intervention Policies and Their Practical Applications Within the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands, Martha Kienbaum, Smith College

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La Economía Solidaria: Las Limitaciones, las Contribuciones, y los Valores Comunes de una respuesta inherentemente local Dos estudios de campo, Alissa Kimmel, Wesleyan University

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Outing the Center: Homophobia in Jamaica, Jamilah King, Pitzer College

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Education for Survival: Roma and Hopes for the Future, Keevan Labowitz, University of California - Santa Cruz

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Male Istine: A Collection of Short Stories and Prose Exhibiting Pre-War Lifestyles, Experiences, Ideals, & Memories, Adriana LeBaron, University of San Francisco

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Fire Making Fuel: How a Surface Fire in a Primary Forest Affected the Availability of Potential Fuel One Year Later, Alex Leckie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Learning to Fight: The MST’s Escola Nacional and its Pedagogy of Resistance, Marisol León, Yale University

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La Medicina Mapuche: Cosmovisión e Identidad, Pérdida y Recuperación, Claudia Grace Lesser, Wesleyan University

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La Ley de Maternidad Gratuita en Intag: Su Aplicación, Educación y Uso, Stephanie Lewis, Gustavus Adolphus College

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How to Bridge the Gap: An Analysis of the Coverage and Efficacy of Volunteer Counseling and Testing Centers in Suba District, Kenya, Joseph Lippi, Boston University

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Corruption in Montenegro Untangling the Knot, Anna Lipton Galbraith, Wesleyan University

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Decision Modeling: Why farmers Do or Do Not Convert to Organic Farming, Ryan Locke, University of Richmond

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Pedro Almodóvar y la Representación de la Mujer Española, Eric López, Harvard University

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“Beauty” as a Public Health Concern: An Analysis of the Internalization and Effects of the Western Beauty Ideal in Nairobi, Kenya, Elizabeth Lownik, University of Dayton

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Una Investigación de las Políticas Públicas en la Argentina Dirigidas Hacia la Prevención del Delito en Comunidades Vulnerables: En Estudio de Caso en Villa Tranquila de Avellaneda y el Barrio Pampa en Lanús, Camilia Lozano, Denison University

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The Effects of the 2006 Spraying of Deltamethrin for Tsetse Control on Aquatic Macro-Invertebrates in the Kwando/Linyanti River System, Botswana, Emily Lyczkowski, Colby College

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Reproducing Social Identities: Employer-Employee Relationships Within Paid Domestic Labor in the Netherlands, Melissa MacDonald, Smith College