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 2006

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Factors Affecting the Distribution and Health of the Intertidal Coral Goniastrea aspera on the Reef Flat in Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island, Julia Smith, Bowdoin College

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“¿Quién le Compró la Tierra a Dios?” El Conflicto Territorial Entre los Mapuches y las Empresas Internacionales en la Patagonia, Lauren Smith, Claremont McKenna College

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Soil Fertility and Changes in Fertilizer Use for Intensive Rice Cultivation in the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta of Vietnam, Jennifer Soong, Oberlin College

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Visiting the Past, Reclaiming the Present: The Africanisms of Capoeira Angola, Juan Esteban Sosa, Oberlin College

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Les Forêts, les Charbonniers, et l’Avenir Une Analyse de la Filière Charbon Dans le District de Fianarantsoa, Bronwen Stanford, Stanford University

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Las Comunidades Judías en la España Moderna, Gesse Stark-Smith, Macalester College

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Sydney’s Public Sculpture, Gabriel Strader-Brown, Beloit College

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La Economía del Transporte Público en Santiago de Chile, Jacqueline Ann Strenio, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Embracing the Demons Within: Spiritual Possession and Mental Health Support in Madagascar, Thomas Cody Swift, University of Puget Sound

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El Arte Ngöbe de la Chácara: Su Significado Cultural y Potenciál Financiero en una Asociación de Artesanas, Danica Taber, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Trazando Fronteras, Persiguiendo Sueños: La Realidad de la Migración del Campo en Nicaragua Hacia Costa Rica, Becca Telzak, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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The Human Ecology of a Disease: Dissemination of Resources and Information on HIV and AIDS in Can Tho City and An Giang Province, Lucas Thornblade, Hamilton College

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Les Aspects Positifs et Négatifs Dans la Nudité Dans la Publicité Française, Caitlin Thornton, University of Texas at Austin

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A Separate World: Conflicts Between Malagasy Society and the Mentally Handicapped, Jesse Travis, Austin College

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Ley y Desorden: La Participación, la Política, y la Planificación en el Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro, Sage E. Trombulak, Wesleyan University

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To Smear or Not To Smear? Evidence of a Failure of Implementation and Content Suitability of the 2000 National Guideline on Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Lee Trope, Stanford University

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What about Sustainable Improvement? Current Efforts and Challenges in the Work of the Municipal Government to Improve the Rights of the Garbage Pickers in Fortaleza, Brazil, Shehzia Valiulla, College of the Atlantic

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Arte en las Calles, Graffiti en Granada: Un Movimiento en Cambio, Alyson Virginia Visser, Hartwick College

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Ethnic and Gender Identity in Hip-Hop Among Three Female Emcees in the Netherlands, Shoshana Walter, Mount Holyoke College

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Cows and Colobus (Procolobus kirkii): Resource-Sharing Habits at Jozani National Park, Emily Walz, Swarthmore College

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Piecing Together Social and Environmental Priorities in the Ongoing Process of Community Development In the MST Assentamento of Palmares II, Clara C. Ward, Duke University

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The Complex Realities of Indigenous Health Care Delivery, Megan Waterman, Bowdoin College

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Entrepreneurship and “Conscientious Capitalism”? Economic Solidarity Within the Banco Palmas Network, Caroline Whistler

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Options and Aid: What the Future Holds for the Displaced Sugar Cane Families of Labasa, Fiji, Lieselot Whitbeck, Washington University in St Louis

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El Movimiento Político Mapuche: Factores de División y Debilidad e Ideas Para el Futuro, Devon Kay Whitham, Scripps College

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Les Catholiques Pratiquants en France, Erin Wilson, McDaniel College

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Impacts of Salt Production on Pemba, Lauren Wolchok, Harvard University

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Luta: The Story of the Movimento dos Atingidos Por Barragens in the Valley of Jaguaribe, Rachel Wood, American University

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Assessment of Small-Scale Biogas Systems and Their Widespread Dissemination in Can Tho City, Viet Nam, Tracy Zhu, Mount Holyoke College

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Interpreting Their Blood: The Contradictions of Approaches to Menstruation Through Religious Education, Ritual and Culture in Rabat, Morocco, Nitzan Ziv, Wesleyan University

Submissions from 2005

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La Ornamentación de la Alhambra de Granada y su Proyección en la Cultura y la Religión = The Ornamentación of the Alhambra of Granada and its Projection in the Culture and Religion, Alyssa Anderson, Carleton College

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Assessment of Ecuadorian Viewpoints Concerning the Gutiérrez Administration and Current Political Issues, Alissa Barrett, University of the Pacific

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Finding a Sexual Dialogue with Children: A Dutch Model, Cassandra Baxter, Wheaton College

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Non-Formal Education and Autonomous Spaces: CideCi’s Independent Alternative and the Regeneration of Indigenous Cultural Spaces in Chiapas, Rachel Beatty, Susquehanna University

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Gender Based Violence in Jordan: Domestic Violence and Honor Crimes, Danielle M. Becknell, Westminster College

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Comparing Rural and Urban Primary Education in the Mekong Delta, Helen Behr, Carleton College

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L’Enseignement de la Guerre d’Algérie en France : La Liberté et l’Objectivité, Ayora G. Berry, Portland State University

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El VIH en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires: Obstáculos en el Acceso al Tratamiento en el Sector Público, Erica Tai-le Bliss, Claremont McKenna College

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Feministica: Creating Feminist Consciousness in the Former Yugoslavia, Meghan Boone, Trinity College

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¿Qué MAS?: Una Mirada a las Posibilidades de un “Instrumento Político.”, Rebecca Bor, Barnard College

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Avoid Cold: A Brief Look at Tibetan Medical Practice and Ideals Compared to Modern Allopathic Medical Treatment Through a Study and Analysis of the Essential Tremor, Graham Brant-Zawadzki, Stanford University

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As Filhas de Oyá: Warriors in the Eye of the Storm, Sheela Bringi, Mills College

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Fire Management in the Top End and the Kimberley, Katie Brownson, Tulane University of Louisiana

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Towards Delivery and Dignity: Community Struggle From Kennedy Road, Jacob Bryant, Harvard University

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The Survival of the Central American Squirrel monkey (Saimiri oerstedi): the habitat and behavior of a troop on the Burica Peninsula in a conservation context, Liana Burghardt, Carleton College

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“To Be a Doctor” The Hopes and Aspirations of the Children Attending Namu Elementary School, and the Obstacles That Block Their Paths to Obtaining Them., Lauren Burke, Connecticut College

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¡Dame un Ritmo (y Sueldo)!: La Sustentabilidad Económica de los Artistas Callejeros en el Gran Santiago, Zachariah Smith Cheema, Macalester College

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Identities in Dialogue: Deconstructing the Dynamics of Bošnjak-Muslim Identities in Novi Pazar, Christine M. DeBacker, Mount Holyoke College

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Est-ce que le Droit d’Asile Est Menacé en France ?(Is the Right to Asylum Being Threatened in France?), Ralph DeLouis, Connecticut College

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Hope: An Ethnography of an Alternative Orphan Care System in Mgange Dawida- Taita; A Case Study of the Isuwirio-Tumaini Self-Help Group, Malaika M. DosRemedios, University of Vermont

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A Falta de Voz Quilombola no Canto Brasileiro: As Conseqüências da Desvalorização da Terra Quilombola Pelo Estado Brasileiro, Maíra Dos Santos, Pitzer College

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Post-Velvet Jazz Baby, Jack Elkin

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El Servicio Militar Obligatorio en el Marco de la Democracia, Meagan Michelle Elliott, Southwestern University

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“Oh Uncle Pema!” The Role of Musical Agency in the Creation of a Modern Tibetan Identity, Tracy Ellwanger, New York University

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“Apparently, I am a Pedophile:” Living and Coping as a Child-Lover in the Netherlands, Andrew Extein, Pomona College

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The Role of Malagasy Women in Community Development: Analyzing the Potential for the Creation of a Women’s Association for Alternative Livelihoods in Ifaty, Amanda Fencl, Tufts University

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El Árbol De la Vida: El Mito de Wuanámei de la Comunidad Nativa Huachipaeri de Queros, Emily Fisher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Concientious Cinema: Senegalese Cineastes as Preservers of Cultural Identity and Promoters of Social Change, Paula Fortner, Tufts University

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Agroecology of the Naso-Teribe: The Management and Conservation of Traditional Agroecological Systems, Maisie Ganz, Tufts University

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Le Développement Durable : Un Etude de Cas de l’Agenda 21 à Toulouse, Cailey Gibson, Carleton College

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“Sacar a la Familia Adelante:” El Impacto de la Emigración en la Comunidad Salvadoreña de Nuevo Amanecer, Elisabeth Golub, Macalester College

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Playback Experiments Using Regional Duets and Solos: Territoriality in the Grey-Breasted Wood Wren in Eastern Andean Ecuador, Arathi Govind, Scripps College

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Buscando el Cusco: Análisis del Turismo en la Ciudad de los Incas, Nicole A. Grant, Yale University

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K’oando: La Mesa Urbana en Cochabamba, Erin Hatheway, Whitman College

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Supporting Ourselves: Maintaining Mental Well-Being Through an HIV+/AIDS Support Group in a Rural South African Community, Narda Hernández, Southwestern University

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Microcredit in the Rural Areas of Northwest Yunnan Province, China: Investigating the Operation of, Results of, and Obstacles to Microfinancial Institutions, Evan Hofmockel, University of Colorado at Boulder

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The Silence Around Them: AIDS NGOs, Scaling Up and AIDS Fatigue in University Students, Carolyn Holmes, DePauw University

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Natural Loggers: Leaf Cutter Ants as Pests in Northwestern Ecuador, Aaron Honig, Tufts University

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The Needs of the Marginalized; Documenting a Crisis Defined as Such by the Catadores de Lixo of Jangurussú, Jane Hudson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Crafting a Co-Operative: Lessons on Women’s Education, Artisans’ Livelihoods, and Rural Development in Morocco, Jenifer Humphrey, Brown University

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Good Morning, Africa! (Dreams and Identity in Morocco), Chantal James, Spelman College

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Evangelization and Religious Conflict in Chiapas: In Search of Common Ground, Katie Jones, Pomona College

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La Migración por Obligación: Los Movimientos Migratorios de los Mapuche, Rebecca Jones, Gordon College

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La Participación de la Juventud en el Desarrollo Comunitario: Un Estudio en la Organización Juvenil de CANTERA, Ciudad Sandino, Surya Karla, Occidental College

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Coral Reef Tourism and Conservation in Bocas del Toro: An Analysis of Ecotourism and its Tour Guide-Based Components, Rebecca Kayes, Wellesley College

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Melbourne’s Community Gardens: Harvesting More Than Just Vegetables, Dana E. Kennedy, Vassar College

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De Maíz Vivo” La Siembra de Maíz en la Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, Holly Kingsbury, Bowdoin College

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Remember Ruben? L’Histoire de Ruben Um Nyobé à Travers la Société Camerounaise, Katelyn Knox, Williams College

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Bofes e Sapinhas: Lesbian Life in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Ronny R. Kraft, Mills College

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The Road to Recovery: Economic and Social Development in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Erinn Lachner, Claremont McKenna College

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The Role of Tibetan Buddhism and Culture in Sustainable Development (A Case Study of Yubeng Village), Frazer Lanier, Lewis and Clark College

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Facilitating Public Participation in the Eastern Cape Province: A Case Study of the Centre for Governance in Africa, Paul D. Lemaistre, Tufts University

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Las Abejas y los Zapatistas: Una Comparación y Contraste de Dos Movimientos Indígenas en Chiapas, México, Anna H. Lifson, Macalester College

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Czech Fiction? Kafka and History in Czech Literature, Zachary Macholz, Susquehanna University

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La Participación Potencial en la Producción de Café Orgánico Vía la Alianza de Agricultores Orgánicos (Aliagro), Emily Hannah McAteer, Brown University

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Arte y Pobreza: Integración Social a Través de Movimientos Culturales, Betsy McCormick, Harvard University

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El Movimiento de Mujeres y el Estado Nicaragüense: La Lucha por la Autonomía, Sarah Moberg, Carleton College

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Análisis del Desarrollo Sustentable en la Industria del Salmón en Chile, Theresa Mohin, Duke University

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Una Enfermedad de la Sociedad: Una Investigación de las Causas, los Tratamientos, y la Prevención de la Desnutrición de Niños en el Centro de Nutrición Infantil, Albina R. de Patiño, Kimberly A. Mukerjee, Colby College

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Transmission of Environmental and Conservation Knowledge in Andohahela National Park, Mika S. Nagasaki, Brown University

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People Living With, Not Dying From Disease: Patient Empowerment Through Anti-Retroviral Therapy and Possibilities for Social Change, Xin Wei Ngiam, Harvard University

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A Child’s Dance of the Sankofa: Redefining, Reconstructing, and Reclaiming Identity, Shawnrey Notto, Pomona College

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Aprender sin Educación: El Aprendizaje, la Historia Personal y el Contexto Comunitario en la Experiencia de la Universidad de la Tierra, Leah Oster-Katz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The State of “Differently Abled” People in the Western Cape, South Africa, Joshua Wade Paul, Wabash College

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The Inter-Communal Relations Among NGOs Operating With Cyprus, Shelby Reneé Port, University of Washington

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The Bond and the Beautiful!, Nicole Rearick, University of Pittsburgh

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The Agenda Setting Function of Mass Media, Tampa, John Howard, Print Media and Public Opinion: How It All Came Together in Melbourne, Rosemary Schultz, Gustavus Adolphus College

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What Do You See? Visualizations of Sexuality Among Young Women in Rijeka, Croatia, Annika Shore, Sarah Lawrence College

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El Papel del Café en la Economía de Nicaragua: Desafíos, Estrategias, y el Futuro, Matt Shuman, Brandeis University

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El papel homosexual del cine de Pedro Almodóvar durante la movida madrileña = The role of homosexuality in the films of Pedro Almodóvar during the Movida, Spencer Silverthorne, Kenyon College