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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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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Hábitos sobre el autocuidado en salud bucodental en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA): estudio de caso en los alumnos de una escuela primaria pública en Caballito / Habits about self-care in oral health in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA): Case study of students in a public elementary school in Caballito, Franklin Zhang, Rice University

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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

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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