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 2004

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Citizenship in the Republic of Ireland: In the Context of the European Union and the Citizenship Referendum, Cora Bruemmer, University of Rochester

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Finding The Door in the Mirage: The Politics of Cultural Change in Mongolia, Evan Buxbaum, Swarthmore College

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Are you for Bush or for Kerry? A Discourse Analytical Study of the Russian Mass Media Response to the 2004 United States Presidential Elections., Matthew Thomas Calvin, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Land Conflict Resolution Within an Autonomous Space, John Cheney, American University

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A Changing Church: Radical perspectives of Catholicism from the margins of society in Dublin, Caitlin Connelly, Ithaca College

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Village Elections: Emergence of a Democratic Political Culture or Reinforcement of a Repressive Regime?, Laura Conniff, Columbia University

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The Effects of Modernization on the Bedouin Populations of Jordan, Peter DiCampo, Boston University

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Los Santos Católicos y su Repercusión en la Sociedad = Catholic Saints and the Repercussion on Society, Virginia Dyson, Birmingham Southern College

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Using the Trees to Understand the Forest: Evaluating the Risks of the Panama Canal Amplification Project, Caroline Gross, Harvard University

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The Maidens of the Maiden City, Lauren Herman, Cornell University

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Sexuality in Chile, Elana Jacobs, Smith College

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Ich Rede, wie Ich Mich Wohl Fühle: Language and Ethnic/Cultural Identity among German-born Young Adults of Turkish Descent in Berlin, Emily R. Jenkins, Earlham College

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Un Tren que Pasa: La Lucha de la FAA por Alcanzar la Representación en el Mercosur, Heather John, University of Toronto

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BiH in Black and White: Photo-Diary of My Adventure Learning How NGO’s Anti-Trafficking Prevention Programs Work in Small Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rebecca Johnson, University of Rhode Island

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Fences in Mongolia: A Study of Land Reform, Nicholas A. Kroshus, Gustavus Adolphus College

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A Learning Process: The Implementation and Effects of Returnee Policies in Post-War Bosnia-Hercegovina, Danielle Kuczera, Illinois Wesleyan University

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La Cultura del Agua en al-Andalus = The Culture of Water in al-Andalus, Natalie Lacy, Macalester College

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La Crise du Vin Français ? L’Effet des Évolutions Sociaux et Culturelles sur l’Adaptabilité de l’Économie du Vin Français = French Wine in Crisis? The Effect of Culture and Social Changes on the French Wine Economy, Andrew McKibben, Pomona College

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Politicizing Sexuality: An Investigation of LGBT Rights and the NGO Sector in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rachel Kathryn Mercer, Washington University in St. Louis

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La Lucha del MOCASE Para Desarrollo y Autonomía, Katie Metcalf, Villanova University

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La Génie d’Oc: La Stratégie Castanienne = The Genius of Oc: Tha Castanian Strategy, Jason Moreau, Marlboro College

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Managing the Commons Through Obligation: Communality in the Sierra Juárez of Oaxaca, Katie Moyer, Beloit College

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Communalism to Consumerism: Consumer Culture in Samoa, Amelia Neptune, Pitzer College

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Mental Healthcare in a Rural Community, Thuy Nguyen, Brown University

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Inmigración Marroquí en Granada = Morrocan Immigration in Granada, Emily C M O’Neill, Macalester College

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Descriptive and Comparative Study of the Nutritional Knowledge and Behavior of Mothers of Young Children Who Have Received Targeted Nutritional Education and Those Who Have Not as a Method to Ascertain the Effectiveness of the Little Tree Nutritional and Educational Centre in Combating Malnutrition in the Pienaarsig Township of Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Amelia Peterson, University of Puget Sound

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A Comparison of Anuran Species Richness Between Primary and Secondary Forest in São Francisco do Pará, Michael Reichert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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In Search of the Truth: Modern Church-State Relations in Yunnan Province, Kathryn Rosenbaum, Agnes Scott College

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Efectos de las Plantaciones de Árboles Exóticos y el Movimiento Mapuche, Shannon Ryan, Colorado State University

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Spirituality in Limbo: An Observation and Analysis of Mongolia’s Modern Religious Climate, Dustin Saldarriaga, Harvard University

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La Calamidad del Nemagón: La Vía Crucis de los/las Bananeros en Búsqueda de la Justicia, Abigail Sanders, Middlebury College

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Assessment of the Artisanal Shark Fishery and Local Shark Fin Trade on Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Deborah Schaeffer, Bowdoin College

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McDonald’s and Samoan Youth: A Case Study of Globalization, Anna Schechter, Bates College

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Cervical Cancer Screening in Rural South Africa: An Analysis of the Awareness, Attitudes, and Practices of Women Served by the Masincedane Clinic, Jordan Schneider, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Environmental Sustainability and the Traditional Tibetan Home, Katherine Shrader, College of William and Mary

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Leaving the Streets, Jane Slater, Connecticut College

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Art and Democracy in Environmental Decision Making, Audrey Stewart, University of Rochester

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Semana Santa en Blanco y Negro = Semana Santa in Black and White, Renata Strychaz

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Self-Esteem of the Female Adolescent: As Promoted Through the Life Skills Class, Kelsey Sullivan, Connecticut College

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Indigenous Healing Practices and their Effect on TB and HIV/TB Patients’ Utilization and Compliance With Anti-TB Medication, Josephine Thinwa, Southwestern University

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Just Behind the Mountain: Refugee Children Imagine Tibet, Emma Tobin, Hampshire College

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Multi-Culturalism in Ireland: Examining the Context of and Debates Surrounding the Citizenship Referendum, Melanie Todman, Carleton College

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Canto al Huaso, Canto al Pueblo: La Música y el Discurso Político de la Identidad Chilena durante los Años Sesenta y la Unidad Popular, Greg Walz-Chojnacki, Macalester College

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Living With the Truth: The Films of Věra Chytilová, Ethan White, Boston University