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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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

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The Ecology of the Usambara Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris usambaricus), Sarah Lueder, Tulane University

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La influencia del quechua en el castellano de la isla de Taquile / The influence of Quechua in the Castilian of the island of Taquile, Gianna Macri, Rochester College

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The Poetics of Power The role of women’s writing in the Moroccan Education System, Eli Makovetsky, Brown University

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Patrones de depredación de orugas con colores crípticos y aposemáticos / Caterpillar depredation patterns with cryptic colors and aposematics, Jacqueline Maldonado, Brown University

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Se necesita un pueblo para criar a un niño: El desplazamiento de los hijos de Cochabamba, Bolivia / A village is needed to raise a child: The displacement of the children of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Julia Mancini, George Washington University

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PUBLIC SECRETS & PRIVATE IDENTITY: A Look into Lesbi Lives in Bali, Kara Marler, Lewis and Clark College

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When Packaged Food Pollutes our Body and Earth: Plastic Packaged Food Consumption and Waste Disposal Practices in the Himalayas, Jared Marsh and Jessica Shalvey

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Mental Maps, Occupation... Liberation? The Impact of the Israel-Palestine Conflict on the Security and Legitimacy of the State of Israel and the Struggle of Palestine, Malea Martin, Claremont McKenna College

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“Religion is Religion; My Life is My Life”: Religious Influences on Family Planning Decisions in Kapchorwa District, Uganda, Sarah Mathys, Georgetown University

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Blooming Mountains of Biodiversity: An Investigation of Angiosperms on Cerro Mayordomo, Tungurahua, Ecuador, Ella Matsuda, Rice University

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SEARCHING FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW: AN INTERNSHIP WORKING TOWARD THE ALLEVIATION OF ENERGY POVERTY THROUGH SOLAR POWER AND SEARCH-ENGINE CROWDFUNDING, Meaghan McElroy, Ithaca College

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La Calidad del Agua y el Impacto en la Salud Pública: Un examen a las fuentes del agua en la Amazonia cerca de Puyo, Ecuador y la salud de las comunidades indígenas / Water Quality and the Impact on Public Health: An examination of water sources in the Amazon near Puyo, Ecuador and the health of indigenous communities, Mary Kathryn McGregor, Wofford College

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Articulación y apoyo del programa de los Agentes Sanitarios de Mendoza: de la teoría a la práctica / Coordination and support in Mendoza’s Community Health Worker program: from theory to practice, Kelly McHugh, Pomona College

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Women’s Movement: Traveling Nepal, Shaelyn McHugh, University of California - Santa Barbara

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Cuando la vida era tranquila: Land use and livelihood changes following the construction of the Chan 75 dam in Nance del Risco, Bocas del Toro, Patrick McKenzie, University of South Carolina

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The Viability of Community Composting at the Melbourne Food Hub, Bailey McNeill, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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The Aftermath of War: Improving Psychosocial Measures to Address Trauma in Child Refugees in the Schengen Zone, Nivedha Meyyappan, Indiana University Bloomington

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Schooling Silence: Sexual Harassment and its Presence and Perception at Uganda’s Universities and Secondary Schools, Elena Mieszczanski, The George Washington University

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Espacios de poder: percepciones de la representación política de las mujeres en Tapacarí, Cochabamba y La Paz / Spaces of power: perceptions of the political representation of women in Tapacarí, Cochabamba and La Paz, Margaret Mischka, Macalester College

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Impacts China’s Maternal and Child Health Care Law has had on Tibetan Birthing Practices In the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Hannah Mishriky, Saint Michael’s College

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Salud callejera: La Atención Primaria de Salud en los márgenes de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires Redes de cuidado de una organización de la Sociedad Civil para personas en situación de calle / Street health: Primary Care in the margins of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Care networks of a Civil Society organization for individuals experiencing homelessness, Brandon Morande, Bowdoin College

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Women in Parliament: A Study of Issue-Specific Female Coalition Building in Morocco, Lura Morton, University of Puget Sound

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Black Gold in a Changing World: An examination of Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and the possibility of a solar energy transition, Sofia Mouritsen, Gettysburg College

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Development of Health Rehabilitation in Mainland China: From Traditional Chinese Medicine to Modern Western Rehabilitation Methods, Michelle Moy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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MONEY SPEAKS: EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND FACING DEVELOPMENT IN RASUWA, Ariel Murray, Smith College

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"Prescribed to Fuck Off": Examining the Role of Heterosexual White Men in South Africa from the Perspective of Seven Students at the University of Cape Town, Meagan Murray, Villanova University

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What Lies in the Gray: Creative Analytic Pieces on the Formation and Evolution of Beliefs in Masxha, Robin Mwai, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Avian diversity and abundance in three different vegetative landscapes around a shade-grown coffee plantation on Mount Totumas, Chiriquí Highlands, Panamá, Samantha Myers

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The Impact and Effectiveness of Life Orientation on Six Students at The University of Cape Town, Sydney Nathan, Skidmore College

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Discutiendo desde el interior: La marginación de los hombres trans dentro del movimiento por el aborto legal en Argentina / Arguing from within: The Marginalization of Trans Men within the Movement for Legal Abortion in Argentina, Olivia Nichols, Brandeis University

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“Siempre se pierde con la modernización”: Patrimonio histórico y economía cultural en el Mercado San Telmo / “One Always Loses with Modernization”: Historical Heritage and the Cultural Economy and the Mercado San Telmo, Madeline Ninno, Tulane University

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Let’s Talk Takataka: Impacts of Plastic in the Stone Town Harbor Area, Zanzibar, CJ O’Brien, California Lutheran University

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La incorporación de la vacuna contra varicela al Calendario Nacional de Vacunación en Argentina: ¿Cómo se llegó a esta política pública? / The addition of a varicella vaccination to the Argentine National Calendar of Vaccination: How did this public policy arise?, Ilana Olin, Bowdoin College

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Pearl Lagoon's White Lobster: The Societal, Economic, Political and Autonomous Effects, Rafely Palacios, Emory University

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Integration of plastic recycling within a smaller community: Reducing Plastic Pollution in the Environment, Olivia Palenscar, Scripps College

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Addressing Extreme Vulnerability: Remaining Barriers to Neonatal Healthcare Delivery in Conflict Areas, Olivia Palmer, Boston College

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PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF A SPECIAL SCHOOL: THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME IN NAVI MUMBAI, INDIA, Jennifer Peterson, George Washington University

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Robotic Reflection: An Exploration of Humanity Through the Bodies of Sex Robots, Audrey Pope, Vanderbilt University

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La escuela chilena en disputa: Las perspectivas de educadores chilenos sobre el aporte de la educación popular en un contexto de una educación bancaria / The Chilean school in dispute: The perspectives of Chilean educators on the contribution of popular education in a context of a banking education, Brooke Porter, Duke University

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AN EXAMINATION OF PERCEPTION GAPS IN EDUCATIONAL ACCESS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN AMMAN, Ramya Prabhakar, Johns Hopkins University

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UN GIRO ONTOLÓGICO EN LA COSMOVISIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA: El papel del capitalismo y otras influencias en el cambio de las percepciones tradicionales de la naturaleza en la comunidad Quechua de Paru Paru / AN ONTOLOGICAL TURNOVER IN THE COSMOVISION OF NATURE: The role of capitalism and other influences in the change of traditional perceptions of the nature in the Quechua community of Paru Paru, Jessica Pusch, Elon Univerity

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Terrorist Radicalization and International Security: A Crisis of Masculinity and Gender, Moiz Rehan, Williams College