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 2019

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The Female Worker: An Analysis of Women Residing along the Moroccan-European and U.S.- American Borderlands, Marlen G. Renderos, Wellesley College

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La Visa de Responsabilidad Democrática: un (imperfecto) faro de esperanza para migrantes venezolanos, Madison Rivers, Georgetown University

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Refuge in a Place Without Refugees, Jane Roarty, Macalester College

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Foreign Direct Investment in Kigali’s Special Economic Zone and its Impact on Rwanda’s Economic Reconstruction, Sabrina Roberts, Middlebury College

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The Middle Ground: A Comparative Study on Mexico and Morocco as Transit and Forthcoming Host Nations, Christina Sarai Roca, Providence College

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La ciudad versus el campo: la calidad de vida de los adultos mayores aymara entre Arica y Putre, Clare Rogowski, Williams College

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“Uno Logra Olvidar la Tortura”: Impactos de las Dictaduras Militares y Conversaciones sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura en el Instituto de Terapia e Investigación, Em Rosner, Barnard College

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience for Women Farmers in Kalchebeshi, Nepal, Annika Ruben, University of Vermont

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La participación y representación de las mujeres afrodescendientes en los movimientos de Ni Una Menos y la Marea Verde en el Buenos Aires Actual, Olivia S. Sabini-Leite, Smith College

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Eating some invasive species could help to mitigate the impacts of climate change-related invasions, and may increase future food security, Jesse Bull Saffeir, Bates College

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Luchando por el derecho a la educación. Un estudio sobre las relaciones existentes entre la educación popular y la efectivización del derecho a la educación desde la perspectiva de docentes y trabajadores de bachilleratos populares., Madeline Samson, Wofford College

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Z4, A Slow Puncture: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Language, Embodiment, and Meaning-Making, Charlotte Rose Samuels, Smith College

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Socio-Cultural Norms and Perceptions of Menstruation: An Intergenerational Analysis of Rural Jamkhed, Maharashtra, Addison Scales, The University of Texas at Austin

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Fictions of Sexuality, Emelyn Schaeffer, Davidson College

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La adherencia a las recomendaciones de sueño seguro por parte de las enfermeras en Unidades de Cuidado Intensiva Neonatal (UCIN) de hospitales públicos y privados en el Gran Buenos Aires / The adherence to safe sleep recommendations by nurses in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) of public and private hospitals in Grand Buenos Aires, Joelle M. Schauer, Villanova University

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Newsworthy Migrants: Sentiment and Text Analysis of Dutch Newspapers, Nicholas J. Schmitz, University of Notre Dame

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El último acuerdo con el FMI durante el gobierno de Mauricio Macri: El impacto de la deuda externa en la soberanía según los actores políticos y sociales de la Argentina / The Latest Agreement with the IMF under the Government of Mauricio Macri: The Impact of Foreign Debt on the Sovereignty of Argentina According to Social and Political Actors, Sarah Schubert, Denison University

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The Guthi System of Nepal, Tucker Scott, Vanderbilt University

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El poder del sonido: La radio comunitaria en la resistencia contra los proyectos extractivistas en la Patagonia / The power of sound: Community radio in resistance against extractivist projects in Patagonia, Dora Segall, Kenyon College

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Pasantía en Programa de Integración Escolar (PIE): Apoyando estudiantes con discapacidades en la escuela secundaria, Emily Sen, University of Oregon

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My Body, Their Choice: Childbearing Attitudes and Practices in Jamkhed, Maharashtra, Sienna Sewell, Washington University in St. Louis

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Empowering Women Through Land: An Analysis of the Barriers in Accessing Land Rights within Kisumu County, Kenya, Madison Shaffer, University of Vermont

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Local Democracy and Education Policy in Newly Federal Nepal, Jack Shangraw, William & Mary

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Understanding Civil Rights in a Democratic South Africa: A Case Study of Students at UKZN, Ella Shlonsky, Washington University in St. Louis

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It's Essential: The Ylang-Ylang Trade on Nosy Be, James Sleigh, The University of Vermont

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Which Factors Influence the Usage and Perceptions of Medicinal Plants in Kizanda Village (Lushoto District) and Ushongo Village (Tanga District)?, Callie Smith, Gettysburg College

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Vulnerability and Adaptability of Mangrove Forests on Misali Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Samantha A. Smith, Skidmore College

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La Comunicación Intercultural entre Pacientes Bolivianos y Trabajadores de Salud en Buenos Aires, Argentina / Intercultural Communication between Bolivian Patients and Health-Care Workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lilly Snellman, Rice University

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La Comunidad Nikkei en Perú: Su Historia, sus Influencias y sus Relaciones con la Comunidad Indígena en Madre de Dios, Olivia Snyder, Miami University

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Reintegration of Women Perpetrators in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Terrie Soule, Pace University

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There She Blows: Public Perceptions of Mt. Merapi and Mt. Agung, Trey Atticus Spadone, Colgate University

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Transnational Sharing Economies & Neoliberal Urbanism: Airbnb in the City-Region of Tangier, Jack Spector-Bishop, Oberlin College

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Adicción como un hecho político económico: un análisis de servicios de atención de abuso de drogas y alcohol en Arica, Chile, Jack Steffy, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Inclusion of Displaced Women in the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, Ava Strasser, Western Michigan University

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Spun Truths: Outcomes of Mongolia’s Cashmere Program in Domestic Processing Facilities and Supply Chain, Daniel Strodel, Bowdoin College

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Radical Moves: Negotiating Community and Transformation with (some of) SIT/South Africa’s Students of Color, Kavita Sundaram, Brandeis University

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La Preservación y Evolución de la música tradicional andina y una modernización de la identidad indígena, Evan Tannenbaum, Gettysburg College

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¿Historia y Cultura al Viento? Los efectos de la construcción del aeropuerto internacional de Chinchero en el patrimonio arqueológico circundante, Becca Teachey, University of Colorado Boulder

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Archiving Heterosexism: An Investigation of Gender and Sexuality Politics in Spain's Transitional Justice Movement, Taylor Thompson, Barnard College

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Movement for a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers and its Applicability to Other Movements, Mariah Thomson, University of Puget Sound

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Checking a Box or Creating Change? Examining the Overall State of Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action, Jenna Thoretz, Gettysburg College

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Local Perceptions of Cannabis and Cannabis Laws in Morocco: Unpacking Past Laws, Moroccans' Perceptions, and Exploring Organizational Efforts, Shadae Tingman, Hamilton College

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Law versus Action: How Five Cape Town Organizations Are Combating High Rates of Sexual Assault and the Failure of Progressive Sexual Offences Legislation, Anna Tinker, Hamilton College

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A Secret in the Words Tales of Literature and Dissent in Communist Czechoslovakia, Thea Toocheck, Gettysburg College

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Home and Healing in the In-Between: Migrant and Refugee Mental Health in Tunisia, Donia Torabian, Brown University

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La Radio es Más Fuerte que la Espada : La percepción de la eficacia de la radio comunitaria de Familiares y Amigos de Luciano Arruga en la visibilización del problema de la violencia institucional. / The Radio is Mightier than the Sword: The perception of efficiency of the community radio of Familiares y Amigos de Luciano Arruga in making visible the problem of institutional violence., Isabel Torres, Washington University in St. Louis

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La Pertinencia Cultural de los Proyectos Relacionados a la Planificación Familiar de las ONGs en el Distrito de Acomayo, Sadie Traylor, Elon University

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Ethnobotany and Dai Medicine: Herbal Roots, Jasper Tsai, Pitzer College

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Integrative Pharmacotherapeutic Approaches to Treating Depression, Charlotte Tse, Williams College

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Sirva todos como un hermano: las filosofías de los médicos tradicionales mapuches hacia los pacientes Winka, Andrew Turner, Georgetown University

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Privacidad digital en Ecuador: el papel de la vigilancia, la jurisprudencia y los derechos humanos, Giselle Valdez, Columbia University

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Barriers Between Effective Transnational Changemaking: Relationships between INGOs and Moroccan NGOs, Julia Walters, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Empleo regional y transporte público: Un estudio de caso comparado de accesibilidad al transporte de parques industriales en el gran Buenos Aires basado en la medida de sistema de información geográfica, Clara Wang, Haverford College

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Herbal Medicine and Pediatric Massage: Interning at a TCM Pediatric Clinic, Yvette Way, The College of New Jersey

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Leopards Are Good to Think With: Spotting the Zanzibar Leopard in Jozani Forest, Andrew Weier, University of Colorado Boulder

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An Evaluation of Soils on Sólheimajökull Glacier Foreland: Using Invertebrates and Decomposition as Bio-indicators of Soil Quality, Carolyn Weisman, Claremont McKenna College

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The psychological impacts of being environmentally active, Allie White, Middlebury College

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Environmental Consciousness for the Politically Autonomous: The Basque Country, Miranda L. White, Texas Christian University

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Juntar todos los recursos: Los obstáculos y las oportunidades del financiamiento de las OSCs en Argentina, Yanting (Jane) Yang, Washington University in St. Louis

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Avian upsloping in the tropics: Myioborus miniatus and Myioborus torquatus abundance in different altitudinal ranges in Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama, Julie Yoon, University of Kentucky

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Bridging the gap on schistosomiasis: A cross-sectional study examining the knowledge gap and common attitudes and practices regarding S. mansoni infections among varying education levels in Luanda K’Otieno, western Kenya, Kathy Zhang, Vanderbilt University

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Youth Empowerment Programs in Jordan: Access and Equality, Mingyang (Linda) Zhang, Duke University

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Escuchando y Enseñando: Un Proyecto de Investigación-Acción Participativa sobre el Tema de Radio con los Estudiantes del Centro Calpulli, Delaney Zuver, The College of Wooster

Submissions from 2018

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Re-Imagining the Theatre: Existence and Change, Andres Aguilar, Hamilton College

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Demography and behavior of critically endangered Alouatta coibensis trabeata troops in forest fragments in and around Mata Oscura, Veraguas on the Azuero Peninsula of Panamá, Billy Allen, Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

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Keyhole Gardens as the Key to Environmental Sustainability and Access to Fresh Produce in Samoa: A Case Study of an Organic Keyhole Farm, Madeline Allen, Vanderbilt University

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Restoring Eden: The Role of Christianity on Environmental Conservation: A Case of Karatu District, Arusha, Tanzania, Taylor Allen, Portland State University

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Defining the issue: Social movements' Framing Strategies in Neocolonial Senegal, Ezra M. Alltucker, The George Washington University

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Surveying Access to Healthcare in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, Kenya, Quinn Alsheimer, University of South Carolina

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Una Perspectiva Socio-legal de La Ley 348: La Ley Para Garantizar a las Mujeres Una Vida Libre de la Violencia / A Socio-legal Perspective of Law 348: The Law to Guarantee Women a Life Free of Violence, Maya Anthony, University of Denver

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The Root of Racism: How Slavery has led to the Condition of Discrimination Against Sub-Saharan Africans and Migrants in Morocco, James Artis III, University of Denver

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LA COMERCIALIZACIÓN DEL MURAL PORTEÑO / THE MARKETING OF THE PORTEUR MURAL, Alexandria Ashley, Brandeis University

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The Revolution Conundrum in Cameroon: A study of Relative Peace Under President Biya's Rule, Marianna Babboni, Occidental College

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Livelihoods of the People of Mazumbai: A Collection of Stories and Portraits, Tanga Region, Tanzania, Joseph Baldus, Macalester College

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Shaping our World for a Better Tomorrow: Sustainable Investing, ESG, and Industry Insight, Anna M. Ballate, Barnard College - Columbia University

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The Islam of Europe: Challenges of Governance, Erin Baranko, Claremont Mckenna College

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Uphill Struggle: Impediments and Facilitators to Porter Health in the Khumbu Region, Nate Barott, Cornell University

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Constructing Social Environments: The Evolving Relationship between Uses and Management of Urban Greenspace in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Mara Basich-Pease, Cornell University

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Coming in Hot: Motor Vehicles, Capitalism, and Modernization in Mongolia, Thea Bergen, University of Oregon

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“I hope whiteness means nothing”: A Narrative Exploration of Whiteness as Identity in South Africa, Mackenzie Berry

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“Solo está derrotado quien deja de soñar” Un estudio de la generación y apoyo de motivación estudiantil en escuelas de reingreso de Santiago, Chile y Buenos Aires, Argentina y su aplicación a un proyecto material / "Only those who stop dreaming are defeated" A study of the generation and support of student motivation in re-entry schools of Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina and their application to a material project, Emily Beyer, Kenyon College

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‘Defensoras de la Selva’: Mujeres Indígenas en Resistencia al Extractivismo en la Amazonía de Ecuador / 'Defenders of the Jungle': Indigenous Women in Resistance to Extractivism in the Amazon Ecuador, Tanmatra Bhanti

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Uso de la medicina tradicional y de la biomedicina por migrantes Q’ero en el distrito de San Sebastian, Cusco / Use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by Q'ero migrants in the district of San Sebastian, Cusco, Isabel Blaettler

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The value of chemical defense: the effects of toxin milking on the physical, physiological, and behavioral performance of cane toads (Rhinella marina), Ryann Blennerhassett, Rollins College

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Boys’ Sex Education in Rural Maharashtra: Context, Community, and Trust, Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer, Bryn Mawr College

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Las perspectivas de los trabajadores sobre la accesibilidad a los recursos públicos para el tratamiento de depresión y ansiedad en la actualidad en el Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Estudio cualitativo de tipo exploratorio-descriptivo. / Perspectives of workers on the accessibility of public resources for the treatment of depression and anxiety in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires: Qualitative exploratory-descriptive study., Ellen Broaddus, Claremont Mckenna College

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“We Are The Gap: Understanding the Inclusion of Immigrants in Moroccan Left-Wing Politics”, Sam Brown, Muhlenberg College

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“Karm Hi Pooja Hai (Work is Worship)” The Determinants that Influence the Subjective Health and Well-Being of Cycle Rickshaw Wallahs in Varanasi, India, Benjamin Bryer, University Of Maryland

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Causes and consequences of child marriage among Syrian refugee populations in Jordan: An investigation of perceptions., Alex Buckman, University of New Hampshire

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Medicina tradicional y la transmisión de conocimiento ancestral en la comunidad afroboliviana de Tocaña / Traditional medicine and the transmission of ancestral knowledge in the Afro-Bolivian community of Tocaña, Marvin Bynoe, Claremont McKenna College

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Sustainable Tourism Practices in Vietnam: The Influence of Institutions and Case Study of Sapa’s Growing Tourism Industry, Alexandria Cahill, George Washington University

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Ethically Sourced Vanilla: Certifications in the production of vanilla in the SAVA Region of Madagascar, Maisie Campbell, Bowdoin College

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Examinando la relación entre el ecoturismo y la migración en La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca / Examining the relationship between ecotourism and migration in La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca, Thomas Canny, University of Houston-Downtown

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The effects of seawater temperature on photosynthesis in Crustose Coralline Algae, Alexander Carlson, Brown University

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Comprehending Climate Change in the Himalayas: An exercise in digital storytelling, Emily Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Conservation Coverage: An assessment of the protection of highly threatened species of birds and mammals in Tanzania, Adolfo Castro Domínguez, Yale-NUS College - Singapore

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(Dis)locations: Dutch Disabled LGBTQ+ Subjects and Queer Social Space, Sarah Cavar, Mount Holyoke College

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Vivencias de jóvenes con autismo de la ciudad de Temuco, desde la percepción de sus familiares y educadores / Experiences of young people with autism in the city of Temuco, from the perception of their relatives and educators, Sophia Cerreta, Hamilton College

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Tibetan Perceptions of LGBTQ, Lauren Champagne, Lafayette College

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IMAGINANDO LA INCLUSIÓN: El uso de la escritura creativa para imaginar una educación superior inclusiva para personas con discapacidades en Bolivia / IMAGINING INCLUSION: The use of creative writing to imagine an inclusive higher education for people with disabilities in Bolivia, Beatrice Chihak, Macalester College