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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Sacred Springs: Perceptions of Religion and Water in Village Communities of Uttarakhand, Juliet Risko, Dickinson College

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El estado “ingobernable” La relación entre usos y costumbres, la migración, el “progreso” / The "ungovernable" state The relationship between uses and customs, migration, "progress", Rosario Rivera, Lafayette College

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Water Capacity of Paramo Soils, Rafael Robert, DePauw University

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What Does It Mean to Respect One’s Mother? A Narrative Approach Exploring Maternal Respect Through the Perspectives of Zulu Mothers And Their Children, Sarah Robertson, Tulane University

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Take a Seat: A Critical Analysis of the Evolving Role of Women in Morocco’s Parliamentary Parties, Grayson Rost, University of Virginia

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Paradigmas del desarrollo urbano en Cuenca: abordando los procesos de segregación, marginación y desplazamiento / Paradigms of urban development in Cuenca: addressing the processes of segregation, marginalization and displacement, Sarah Rothschild, Whitman College

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Perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Western Society: A Focus Study on Switzerland, Sandra B. Saldana, Hamilton College

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Repatriation of Rwandan Returnees In Kigali: Integration of those Born and Raised on Exile as a Result of the 1959 Violence Wave, Cristina Taulet Sanchez, Davidson College

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Looking Beyond Primary: A Study of Barriers to Secondary Education in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, Uganda, Chloe Schalit, Georgetown University

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Kisumu County Hospital Patient Demographic Analysis: Looking Toward Universal Health Coverage, Lauren Scheffey, University of Richmond

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Las barreras que enfrentan las personas Indígenas con Discapacidades en una Comunidad Rural de Paucartambo, Perú / The barriers what face the people Indigenous people with Disabilities in a Community Rural from Paucartambo, Peru, Julia Scolapio, George Washington University

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Dolpopa, Yvette Segan, Vassar College

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Barriers to the Elimination of Plastic in Single Use Beverage Containers in Byron Bay, NSW, Katherine Senechal, Colby College

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¿Conservar o Consumir? El impacto de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas en la Seguridad y la Soberanía Alimentaria de la Gente Indígena en Madre de Dios, Perú / Conserve or Consume? The impact of Protected Natural Areas on Security and the Food Sovereignty of Indigenous People in Mother of God, Peru, Adde Sharp, Davidson College

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Are We There Yet, Impact Investing?, Manqi Shi, Southern Methodist University

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Nature and Nomads: Service Approach to Mongolia Tours, Jesse E. Shircliff, Gettysburg College

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Sitios de Memoria: una comparación analítica entre los espacios de memoria y Derechos Humanos en Buenos Aires y en Santiago / Sites of Memory: an analytical comparison between memory and human rights spaces in Buenos Aires and Santiago, Henry Shuldiner, Hamilton College

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Cherchant Toujours la Paix: Le Systeme Endogene de la Resolution des Conflits à Batoufam, Becky Sigman, Saint Anselm College

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Frank Thoughts: Investigating the Construction of Anne Frank as a Site of Heritage and Identity Formation in a Globalized PostHolocaust Society, Sarah Silverstein, Franklin and Marshall College

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Thangka Painting: An Exploration of Tibetan Buddhism Through Art, Hannah Slocumb, Harvey Mudd College

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Mind Control in the Post-Colonial State: The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment in tertiary education in Senegal and Jamaica, Janiel Chantae Slowly, Bucknell University

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A Glimpse into Amazighophone Technology Usage An example of the results of short-term ethnography, Garrison Smith, Connecticut College

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"Waste Is Not Just Waste Anymore": Deconstructing the Relationship between Sustainable Waste Prevention and Individual Socio-Demographic Characteristics (The Juxtaposition of Ushongo Mtoni Village and Moshi Urban, Tanzania), Mahalia Smith, The George Washington University

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A Comparative Tree Survey of Disturbed and Primary Forest Areas: Ngezi-Vumawimbi Nature Forest Reserve, Pemba Island, Skyler Smith, Colorado State University

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Mujeres, identidad indígena y educación superior: Un análisis de caso de las estudiantes del Instituto Superior Pedagógico “Pukllasunchis” del Cusco / Women, indigenous identity and higher education: A case study of the students of the "Pukllasunchis" Higher Pedagogical Institute of Cusco, Alyssa Snyder, Amherst College

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LGBTI+ Language and Understandings in Nepal: Creating Spaces and Forging Identities, Patrick Sonnenberg, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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The Changing Tide of Corporate Social Responsibility, Conor Soucy, Stonehill College

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Trust, Access, and Adaptation to Needs: The Role of Community-Based Promoters in Health Insurance Delivery in Gujarat, India, Lauryn Stafford, University of Washington

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Perceptions and physical realities of flood risk in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, Panamá, Julia Stanganelli, University of Virginia

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Over a Cup of Tea and Koko Sāmoa, Elizabeth Stanis

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“Eish!”: an autoethnographic investigation of the impact of mortality on identity in Cato Manor, Nicole Stephan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Examining the factors shaping the population structure of Thalassoma bifasciatum in the Lemon keys, Guna Yala, Panama, Nicole Stevens, Johns Hopkins University

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The Challenges of India’s Rising Breast Cancer Epidemic, Brigette Stickney, Dickinson College

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“Because This Land is Free” A Historical Perspective on Poverty, Settlement, and Conservation in the Lubigi Swamp, Adele Stock, Mount Holyoke College

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Land Rights of African Indigenous Groups: International Instruments and Main Issues, Anastasia Strouboulis, University of Maryland

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Church and State: The Impact of Christianity on South African Politics during and Post-Apartheid, Calista Struby, Trinity University

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Tribal Law at the Crossroads of Modernity: A Study on Jordanian Attitudes towards Jalwa, Danielle Sutton

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The Impact of Foreign Involvement on Political Reform Organizations in Jordan, Sravya Tadepalli, University of Oregon

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Land-use and Land-ownership changes in Usoma Village, Kenya, Ernest Tan, Yale-NUS College

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The Women of Dho Tarap: Gender Roles, Challenges, and Change in Dolpo, Nepal, Luke Testa, Saint Anselm College

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Descubriendo CVS Mujeres Valparaíso: Una exploración de fortalezas y desafíos como una pasante en un centro feminista creado por el Estado de Chile / Discovering CVS Mujeres Valparaíso: An exploration of strengths and challenges as an intern in a feminist center created by the State of Chile, Casey Tobin, Hamilton College

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Imagining Intimacy Beyond Boundaries: 'Born-Frees' Conceptions of Race and Relationships in South Africa, Reilly Torres, Occidental College

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Spirituality and Conservation in Tujiin Nars, Lisa Torstenson, Carleton College

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Stagnant Corruption in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Then, Now, and What is to Come, Megan Uren, Trinity University

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El empoderamiento de la mujer migrante: una historia de vida que ilustra este aprendizaje en la Asociación de Mujeres Unidas, Migrantes y Refugiadas en Argentina (AMUMRA) / The empowerment of migrant women: a life story that illustrates this learning in the Association of United Women, Migrants and Refugees in Argentina (AMUMRA), Jonathan Urrea-Espinoza, Kenyon College

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‘Padre nuestro que estás en la tierra’: una exploración teórica del Territorio Ancestral afroecuatoriano / 'Our Father who is on earth': a theoretical exploration of the Afro-Ecuadorian Ancestral Territory, Wes Vanderburgh

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Tourism in Iceland: Individual Carbon Footprint and the Potential to be Carbon Neutral, Ange-Elise Venet, California State University San Marcos

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The Cape Town Free Walking Tours: Whose History Is It Anyway? The shaping of place and space in a tourist city, Allegra Von Hirschberg, Vassar College

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Differences in temporal and territorial feeding patterns of various tropical Trochilidae species as observed at two different ecosystems in Soberanía National Park, Delaney Vorwick, Boston College

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Informally Shaping a Child's Mind Around Genocide Within Rwandan Families, Cameron Voss, Albion College

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PERCEPTIONS AS A BARRIER TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES UTILIZATION AMONG SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN, Elizabeth Shan Wang, George Washington University

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Perception and Prejudice: Sino-Ghanaian Relations within the Service Sector and the Wavering Perception of China on the Global Stage, Jodi-Ann (Juexuan) Wang, Kenyon College

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Imagining Intersectional Anti-Rape Messaging at an Organization in Cape Town, South Africa: Visible and Invisible Subjects, Maslen Bode Ward, Yale University

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Selection Perception: Views on the Theory of Evolution Among Residents of Moshi, Tanzania, Robin Waterman, Wesleyan University

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Mortality rate trends of Australian fur seal pups, Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus, and possible factors affecting pup mortality in the Bass Strait of Australia, Theresa Waters, Vassar College

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: A Study of Insect Species Diversity and Abundance in Mazumbai Forest Reserve Versus Nearby Agricultural Areas, Emma Weisner, Tulane University

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Think Outside: Exploring the Influence of Nature on the Individual and of the Individual on Society, Brielle Wells, University of Oregon

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Métodos y tratamientos para el control de la epidemia de VIH en Arica en jóvenes / Methods and treatments for the control of the HIV epidemic in Arica in young people, Elizabeth Whidden, Vassar College

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La asociación entre la contaminación del agua y la salud en los niños menores de cinco años en Villa Garrote, partido de Tigre / The association between water pollution and health in children under five in Villa Garrote, Tigre party, Morgan Whyte, Carleton University

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Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome in India: A Socio-cultural Perspective, Hannah Wickham, The University of Alabama

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Hijos de la Dictadura: Posmemoria, Trauma y Resistencia en Chile Actual / Children of the Dictatorship: Postmemory, Trauma and Resistance in Chile Current, Dana Williams, Bowdoin College

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Challenges to Democratic Inclusion and Contestation of Space: Contemporary Student Activists in Transforming South Africa, Momo Wilms-Crowe, University of Oregon

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Tunisia’s Inaugural Municipal Elections: A Comparative Analysis of Independent Lists in La Marsa, Danielle Ziegelheim, Washington University in St. Louis

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“Arica tiene VIH, ¿y tú?” El rol del test rápido de VIH en el diagnóstico oportuno para jóvenes de la comuna de Arica, Chile / "Arica has HIV, and you?" The role of the rapid HIV test in the timely diagnosis for young people in the district of Arica, Chile, Julia Zigman, Washington University in St. Louis

Submissions from 2017

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Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Genocide Ex-Prisoners: Understanding the Correctional Role of Prisons in Rwanda, Lulu Abdun, Miami University

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'You become a rock': Conceptions of motherhood and lessons of race as told and photographed by four mothers from Cape Town, South Africa, Kaitlin Abrams, Colgate University

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Tourism and the Vrankrijk as a Safe(r) Space, Megan Adams, American University

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Music as the Guide on the Pathway to Empowerment and Wellbeing. A Narrative on an arts-based Holistic Health Solution., Sabine Adler, Ithaca College

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El movimiento que aún falta: ¿De qué forma existe y se promueve la educación teatral en las escuelas de Chile? ¿Cómo se ensena el teatro en los liceos con conexión al cambio social? / The movement that is still missing: How does theater education exist and is promoted in schools in Chile? How is theater taught in high schools with connection to social change?, Andrés G. Aguilar, Hamilton College

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What, where, why: a survey of Felidae populations at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Tanzania, Lucrecia Aguilar, Rice University

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Homefulness: The Cultural Safety Net in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Joshua Ahearn, Gordon College

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Who Am I? The Relationship between Cultural Identity and Globalization within the Local and Global Intersections, Nir Aish, Bucknell University

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Convivendo na Lagoa do Mineiro: An Education in Living and Loving With, Daniela Aldrich, Dickinson College

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Panji's Present Predicament: the artistic prominence and tension of the Malat in painting and contemporary Balinese performance, Emily Austin, Washington and Lee University

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Fish community assessment of the Bonyic and Teribe Rivers within the Naso-Teribe territory Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Possible implications of Bonyic Dam., Shaylyn Austin, University of Michigan

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Tourism and Representation: Digital Expressions and Implications of Orientalism, Lily P. Ayau, Occidental College

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Investigation de regeneración natural de plantas vasculares en la Reserva Madrigal del Podocarpus / Investigation of natural regeneration of vascular plants in the Madrigal Reserve of the Podocarpus, Sy Baker, University of Colorado

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A Glimpse into Life on Avenida Caetano: An Auto-Ethnographical Study with Emphasis on Community Health and Social Determinants of Health within an Urban Context in Brotas, Salvador, Brazil, Harleen Bal, University of Richmond

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Un vistazo interior al sistema educativo público de Managua: Las voces de estudiantes, padres y maestros, Karla Barron, University of Southern California

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“Que rica...”: sexualización y exotificación de mujeres migrantes y sus experiencias y percepciones en el centro urbano de Santiago / "How rich ...": sexualization and exotification of migrant women and their experiences and perceptions in the urban center of Santiago, Alexandra Barton, Lafayette College

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El acceso y uso de las pruebas genéticas para la detección precoz de enfermedades congénitas en mujeres embarazadas en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires en el año 2017 \ The access and use of genetic tests for early detection of congenital diseases in pregnant women in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in the year 2017, Anna Anna Bauer, Franklin & Marshall

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Luchadoras: Resistencias contra la violencia de género por las mujeres en la región de San Ramón, Olivia "Livey" Beha, University of Southern California

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Olas de cambio: Violencia política y desplazamiento durante la Guerra Interna en el Perú (1980-2000), Sarah Benewith, University of San Francisco

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Katelyn Bergl, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Impact of Program Structure on Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence: A Comparative Study of Study Abroad Programs in Kunming, China, Samantha Bergman, Smith College

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La resistencia cultural a través del Teatro de las oprimidas para la cultivación de la subjetividad de la mujer en un contexto de violencia de género: un estudio de caso del Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía / Cultural resistance and the cultivation of the subjective through theatre of the oppressed for the woman in a context of gender violence: a case study with Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía in Jose Leon Suarez, Province of Buenos Aires, Lela Biggus, Providence College

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Pluralism and Religious Education In Bali: How lack of implementation of educational reform threatens Indonesian identity in the system used to construct it, Nikolai O. Birch, Occidental College

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From Kipat to Kathmandu: A Failed Integration of Limbu People into the Nepali State in Biblate, Ilam, Andrew Blunt, Bowdoin College

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The Environmental Paris-ite: The Current and Potential Impacts of the Paris Agreement on Sustainable Finance and the Global Market, Caitlin Boelsen, University of Minnesota

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Foreign Business Entrepreneurship in Cape Town: How To Start A Business - Stories Of 6 Cape Town Based Immigrants, Aleksandra Bogoevska, Hamilton College

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What’s Food Got to Do With It?: The Host Mother’s Role in the Cultural Education of Students Studying Abroad in the Rabat Medina, Isabel Bonhomme, The College of Wooster

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Pololeo y Protección: Las barreras de acceso a métodos anticonceptivos para adolescentes vulnerables en la comuna de Macul, Santiago de Chile / Pololeo y Protección: Barriers to access contraceptive methods for vulnerable adolescents in the district of Macul, Santiago de Chile, Louisa Boswell, Davidson College

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Whiteness Under Pressure: Race, Masculinities, and the Negotiation of Power in a Transforming South Africa, Sarah Bradach, Washington University in St. Louis

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Supermarket savvy: An analysis of psychological exploitation within grocery stores, Calvin Brinkworth, Washington University

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Distribution, diversity, and den locations of Canidae and Hyaenidae species across habitat type at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Grace Bullington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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El Comienzo de un Cuento: Los Desafíos de Promover la Lectura Infantil en Cochabamba / The Beginning of a Story: The Challenges of Promoting Children's Reading in Cochabamba, Cecilia Caro, Macalester College

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Linguistic Imperialism in Jordan: The Impact of English Education Curriculum on Cultural Behaviors of Secondary Students in Amman, Haley Chatwin, Colorado State University

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SYRIAN REFUGEES’ LIVED EXPERIENCES IN MOROCCO, Hannah Chenok, Colgate University

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Assessing the Successes of and Challenges Facing Civil Society Organizations in South Africa, in Influencing Gender-Based Violence Policy, Sarah Connolly, Wesleyan University

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The Roles of Activism and Citizen Science in the Area Covered by the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, Ian Corbet, Washington University in St. Louis