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 2018

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EL IMPACTO DE LOS CENTROS DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN LA COMUNIDAD / THE IMPACT OF RESEARCH CENTERS IN THE COMMUNITY, Ciera Cockrell, Davidson College

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How Environmental Lawyers Cope with Challenges in Nonprofit Legal Centers, Rachel R. Cohen, University of Delaware

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Productivity, Competition, and Empowerment? The Experience of Pondicherry Fisherwomen in the Context of Neoliberal Development, Amelia Colliver, University of Puget Sound

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Who and What is Amazigh? Self-Assertion, Erasure, and Standardization, Alexis Colon, Bucknell University

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El Valor de Verde Neoliberalismo, Crisis Económica y Políticas Polarizadas: Cómo Afecta en la Vida Cotidiana de la Gente de Clase Media en Buenos Aires. / The Value of Green Neoliberalism, Economic Crisis and Polarized Politics: How They Affect the Everyday Life of the Citizens of the Middle Class in Buenos Aires., Sierra Conboy, Gettysburg College

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Art in Tunisian LGBTQI++ NGOs, Emma Cooney, Boston University

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An Exploratory Study on Mental Illness Perspectives in Hanoi, Margaret Cox, Vanderbilt University

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Binding Ideologies: An Investigation of Language Attitudes and Ideologies in the Moroccan Publishing and Book Sector, Ashley Coyne, University of Puget Sound

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MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN BALI: ON & OFF THE RECORD, Sara M. Crane, University of Rochester

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“Gracias a Dios, Gracias al Comandante”: El uso de la religión como una herramienta política en Nicaragua desde 2006 / "Thank God, Thanks to the Commander": The use of religion as a political tool in Nicaragua since 2006, Azani Creeks, University of Southern California

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The growing sustainable seaweed industry: A comparison of Australian state governance directing current and future seaweed cultivation, Meagan E. Currie, Swarthmore College

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Preserving Identity Through Discourse in a Changing Ladakh, Emma Cyr, Brandeis University

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PLANT POETICS AND POLITICS OF THE WEST USAMBARAS: Power and Memory of Narrative Botanical Science in Kizanda, Sagara, and the Mazumbai Forest Reserve, Cameron Daddis, Vassar College

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The Influence of Habitat Preference on Longitudinal Population Composition and Distribution of Groupers (Serranidae) in Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar Tanzania, Caroline Daley, Middlebury College

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Understanding the Mongolian Tourism Supply Chain: Advantages, Challenges and Improvements, Thomas D’Anieri, Claremont McKenna College

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Consciente o Inconsciente: El Rol de la Educación en la Formación de una Conciencia Social y Colectiva en la Juventud Chilena / Conscious or unconscious: the role of Education in Forming a Social and Collective Awareness in Chilean Youth, Samsara Davalos Reyes, Trinity University

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Women’s Divorce Rights in Jordan: Legal Rights and Cultural Challenges, Helen David, University of San Francisco

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A World Beyond the Nation-State, Luca DeAngelis, Bowdoin College

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Ontology of Personhood in Ayurveda from the Perspective of Patients and Physicians in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh: An Independent Study, Denise DeFelice, University of Pennsylvania

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Sediment deposition within two Thalassia testudinum seagrass sites in Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panamá, Alexander De Jesus, Yale University

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La relación de prácticas religiosas e la identidad: Los campesinos migrantes q’eros / The relationship of religious practices and identity: The migrant peasants q'eros, Autumn DeLong, Macalester College

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Exploring the Space Between Healers: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Relationship Between Traditional Healers and Biomedical Practitioners in Kwazulu-natal, Marisa DelSignore, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Personal as the Political: The Everyday Resistance of LGBTQ+ WOC in the Netherlands, Sofia Del Valle, Mount Holyoke College

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Balance and Imbalance: The Necessity of Natural Disasters in Balinese Hinduism, Lorin Foster DeMuth, Whitman College

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Morocco: The Intersection Between Intercultural Mediation and Migration, Arianna Diaz, University of Connecticut

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The War Against Sex Trafficking: Who Is Fighting?, Elizabeth Dicus, Wake Forest University

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The Path to Mainstream Finance: Exploring Complementary Currencies and Interest-Free Lending, Ema Di Fruscia, Whitman College

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Stories from a Place Called Walung, Jenny Ding, Cornell University

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“Estamos aquí con nuestra propia fuerza” Las mujeres de AMUPAKIN y su lucha para preservar el parto ancestral en Napo, Ecuador. / "We are here with our own strength" The women of AMUPAKIN and their struggle to preserve the ancestral birth in Napo, Ecuador., Lilian Domenick, Haverford College

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HOW THE BALINESE SEE THE SEA: INTERPRETATIONS OF OCEANIC POWER, Margaret Dougherty, Rollins College

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Hablo Por Mi Disidengia / I Speak For My Dissidence, Lars Eddie, Gettysburg College

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Psychological Effects of Genocide Participation: The Perspective of Perpetrators, Sarah Etzel, Mount Holyoke College

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In the Balance: Pathways to Economic Integration for Migrants in Morocco, Kyla Fanning, Bryn Mawr College

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Tourism and Tensions: Shifting Dynamics of Tourism in Ubud and the Effects on Balinese Painting, Celia Feal-Staub

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Macro implications of microplastics: a comparative study of microplastic distribution in Bahía Almirante, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Bonnie Feldberg

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La tierra aquí es amable: Soil macrofauna density and producer perceptions of agricultural soil fertility in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, Clara Fernandez Odell, Barnard College

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Corruption Devolved: People’s Perceptions on Devolutions Impact on Transparency, Accountability and Service Delivery by the Government of Kisumu County, Kenya, Julia Fonshell, University of South Carolina

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Large Mammals of the High Andes A Survey of Community Composition and Habitat Usage in the Highlands of Angochagua, Sage Fox, Oregon State University

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La influencia del neoliberalismo sobre las ideas de lo “natural”: un análisis de las ideas de la naturaleza en urbanizaciones cerradas y grupos subalternos en Tigre / The influence of neoliberalism on ideas of what is “natural”: an analysis of ideas of nature in closed-gated and marginalized communities in Tigre, Catherine Fraser, Colby College

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Herpetofauna of Sumak Allpa: A Baseline Assessment of an Unstudied Island Herpetofaunal Community, Sara Freimuth, Claremont McKenna College

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The Draw of Revolution: Returning to Tunisia, Stephen Garrett, Georgetown University

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Correlations Between Reef Health and Vertical Zonation on Ushongo Village Reef and Fungu Zinga Reef, Daniel Gates, Brown University

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Education: Developing Self Reliance for Female Syrian Refugees in Host Communities, Mathilde Geannopulos, University of Michigan

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Participatory Development and Menstrual Health Management in South Africa: A Case Study of Project Dignity, Natalie Geismar, Washington University in St. Louis

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“So What Are You?:” Nepali Third Gender Women’s Identities and Experiences Through the Lens of Human Rights Development Discourse, Amit Gerstein, George Washington University

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La implementación de la Ley de Educación Sexual Integral (ley 26.150): una comparación entre escuelas secundarias públicas y escuelas secundarias privadas católicas en CABA / The Implementacion of The Law of Comprehensive Sexual Education (Law 26.150): A Comparison Between Public and Private Catholic High Schools in CABA, Eve Gertzman, Skidmore College

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El Negocio del Desarrollo Internacional: Las Dinámicas Asimétricas de Poder entre Voluntariados Internacionales y Comunidades Locales / The Business of International Development: The Asymmetric Power Dynamics between International Volunteers and Local Communities, Ivana Giang, University of Southern California

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Woven Narratives from Tsum Valley: Reconfiguring Local, Erica Gibble, Williams College

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The Plastic Problem: Plastic Pollution in Bali, Kate Giesler, University of Virginia

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Violencia obstétrica: los derechos de autonomía reproductiva, tratamiento justo y accesibilidad en el ámbito de la salud maternal en San Carlos, Salta / Obstetric Violence: the Rights to Reproductive Autonomy, Fair Treatment, and Accessibility of Maternal Health Services in San Carlos, Salta, Emily Gleason, Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

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Integrated Mental Health Care in Education for Syrian Refugees: An Exploratory Study, Emily Goldstein, Tufts University

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"Les droits ne sont pas respectés": A Study of the Effectiveness of the Moroccan Law in Protecting the Human Rights of Sub-Saharan Female Migrants, Meghan Gragg, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Sueños del progreso: La migración juvenil desde Íntag / Dreams of progress: Youth migration from Íntag, Julia Gratton, Whitman College

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La intersección del afecto y el empleo: Los impactos del género y migración en las relaciones laborales de empleadas domésticas paraguayas en Argentina / The intersection of affect and employment: A gender and migration perspective on the complexities of the labor relationships of Paraguayan domestic workers in Argentina, Emily Gray, George Washington University

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Desde la Teoría a lo Cotidiano: Tensiones en Escuelas en Contextos de Encierro / From the Theory to the Daily: Tensions in Schools in Contexts of Encierro, Ethan Greenberg, Colorado College

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Sufis in a 'Foreign' Zawiya: Moroccan Perceptions of the Tijani Pilgrimage to Fes, Joel Green, Elon University

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A Disappearing Island: An Impact Assessment of Coastal Erosion on the Mnemba Island House Reef, Zanzibar, Kat Grellman

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Getting Sick Where Karma is Gravity: Disease in the Tibetan Perspective, Moreau Hadley

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Interacting with the Trail: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing an Environmental Education Program for Agnolakely Private Nature Reserve, Claire Hamilton, Luther College

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FROM ORGAN TO GAMELAN: JAVANESE CATHOLIC MUSICAL TRADITIONS IN YOGYAKARTA, CENTRAL JAVA, Elizabeth Hamilton, University of Denver

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The UN’s Political Engagement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Reconceptualized Strategies in Humanitarianism and Diplomacy in the Middle East Peace Process, Alara Hanci, Tufts University

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Andean condor nesting and behavior: A study of a free-living pair and chick as well as population behavior near Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador, Ian Handler

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El caso de Relmu Ñamku como observatorio para valorar potencialidades, riesgos y desafíos de juicios por jurados interculturales / The Case of Relmu Ñamku as an observatory to assess the potentials, risks, and challenges of intercultural jury trials, Carol Harding, Bates College

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Poem as Space for Artistic Contestation: Finding Multiple Voices of Female Writers through Artistic Vocabularies, Edil Hassan, University of Vermont

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Church and State in Rwanda: Catholic Missiology and the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, Marcus Timothy Haworth, University of Notre Dame

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Religion and Identity in a Globalized Morocco, Jennifer Morgan Hekking, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

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“If you seek, you know you will find and if you find you have cancer, why do you seek?” KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES REGARDING CANCER SCREENING AND PREVENTION IN CATO MANOR, Lilly Hennessey, Davidson College

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Three Land Use Proposals for Geldinganes Framed by the City of Reykjavik’s Municipal Plan and Climate Neutrality Goals, Emma Hokoda, Santa Clara University

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Pemban Farmer Agency in Adapting to Climate Change, Rachael Hood, Oberlin College

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“Archival of the Fittest: The Role of Archives in Constructing Public Memory of Queer History”, Brooks Hosfeld, Butler University

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The Art of Peer Pressure: Social Desires as Incentives to Join Students Protests in Jordan, Jordan Hughes, Washington University in St. Louis

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A Tale of Two Ṭuruq: An Exploration of Sufism in Morocco through the Qādiriyya Budshishiyya and Tijāniyya, May Hu, University of Virginia

Still Hungry: Modern Metal Arts in Kathmandu, Rebecca Humphreys, Yale University

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Reaching Out: Navigating the Ethical, Legislative, and Physical Obstacles to Providing Assistance to Migrants in Morocco, Margaret Jackman, Colgate University

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From Lahure Legacies to Moving Peoples: A Study of Opportunity and Mobility in the Annapurna Hills, Peter Jacobson, Bowdoin College

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Remembering Forgotten Foods: A Collaborative Project, Azher Jaweed, Sophia Alhadeff, Claire Roberts, and Avery Perkins

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The Lives of Smart Phones: People’s Relationships with Technology along the Tamor Valley, Candice Jiang, Brandeis University

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Forest conservation and timber management A case study of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Hoima District, Uganda, Nick Jickling, Hamilton College

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Takataka Talk: Waste Presence and Management in Ushongo, Kristen Jones, Brown University

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he Effects of Climate Change on Native Icelandic Plants: A Morphometric Analysis, Maia Jones, Scripps College

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“Yo Agradezco Por No Sentirme Solo”: La Iglesia Evangélica En El Espacio Transnacional / "I Thank You for Not Feeling Alone": The Evangelical Church in the Transnational Space, L. Elizabeth Jowers, Rice University

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An Overview of Psychological Barriers to Climate Change Response and Their Implications for Improved Climate Change Communication, Ari Katz, Haverford College

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Rebuilding Tunisia, One Artist at a Time, Caitlin Kelley, Oberlin College

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“Sanarnos para sanar el mundo”: Un estudio de mujeres activistas contra el extractivismo y los poderes curativos de terapia social / "Heal us to heal the world": A study of women activists against extractivism and healing powers of social therapy, Alisha Kendrick-Pradhan, Davidson College

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Renegado: Immigrant Identities and Aspirations of White Muslim Converts in Morocco, Paul Williamson Kiefer, Pomona College

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Sans-Papiers, Sans-Santé: A Study of Undocumented Migrant Women’s Access to Reproductive and Obstetric Health Care in Switzerland, Sarah Kinch, Washington University in St. Louis

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El género y la sexualidad como herramientas coloniales: lo que significa ser epupillan (dos-espíritu) en contextos mapuche / Gender and sexuality as colonial tools: what it means to be epupillan (two-spirit) in Mapuche contexts, Sophia Knowlton-Latkin, Scripps College

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Somos todos juncos y Mapuches / We are all reeds and Mapuches, Jonah Kone, University of Puget Sound

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Community in All Education, Sophia Vancer Kooy, Hope College

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Enseñando desobediencia: La pedagogía del cuerpo y el libre desarrollo de la identidad de género de las estudiantes transgénero y travesti en el Bachillerato Popular Mocha Celis / Teaching Disobedience: Pedagogies of the Body and Transgender and Tranvestite Students’ Free Development of their Gender Identities in Bachillerato Popular Mocha Celis, Joaquín Labio, Pomona College

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The Mountain Stands: An Autoethnographic Inquiry into Zulu Christians' Approaches to Spiritual Health, Makayla Lagerman, Bucknell University

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SILENT KILLERS: DIABETES AND THE ACTIVE IGNORANCE OF NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASE IN BALI, Madeleine Lambert, Georgetown University

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La Lengua de Señas: Potencial y Poder en la Transición de un Enfoque Médico a la Perspectiva Socio-Antropológica de Niños Sordos / Sign Language: Potency and Power in the Transition from a Medical Approach to the Socio-Anthropological Perspective of Deaf Children, Noah Lanckton, University of Vermont

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“To Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War”: An examination of United Nations Peace Keeping and Support Provided by External Actors, Jack Lashendock, Gettysburg College

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The Contributing Factors to Adolescent Depression, Josie H. Lee, University of Michigan

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Missing Youth: The Absence of the Young Moroccan Voice in the Nation, Reid Leiter, University of Denver

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Partidarios de la vida: Resiliencia en los afectados directos de la dictadura en Arica, Chile / Supporters of life: Resilience in the direct victims of the dictatorship in Arica, Chile, Danielle Levinson, Wesleyan University

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Fish diversity and distribution in the seagrass-coral reef continuum at two sites off the western coast of Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Kathy Liu, Scripps College

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Growing a Garden of Healthy Masculinities: Combating Homophobia in the Imagine Project Workshops, Mia Lloyd, Smith College

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A Catalog of Orchid Species and Their Distribution in Mazumbai Forest Reserve, Tanga Region, Tanzania, Sierra Loomis, Williams College