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 2017

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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

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When the Health System Fails You: Maternal Care Under Kenya’s 2017 Nurses' Strike, Tessa Coughtrey-Davenport, The George Washington University

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Pasantía a la Oficina Comunal de Migrantes de la Municipalidad de Valparaíso / Internship to the Communal Office of Migrants of the Municipality of Valparaíso, Morgan Craig, Oregon State University

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Getting Down to Cannabusiness: How to Proceed with Morocco’s Cannabis Industry & the Resulting Economic and Social Impacts, Laura David, Kenyon College

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Pteropus voeltzkowi and the Understory: A Study of the Behavioral Impacts of the Pemba Flying Fox on the Vegetation and Soil Quality of Pemba Island, Lea Davidson, Macalester College

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Language, Race, and Integration: A Comparative Exploration of the Sub-Saharan Migrant Experience in Morocco, Madeline Davison, Wellesley College

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Ignorance is Bliss: The Impacts of International Travel and Education on Political Beliefs, Kyle Decker, Loyola University

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Jabal al-weibdeh: a counter-memory of amman a case study in the resistance of memory, Gwendolyn Dilworth, University of Virginia

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Decadal vegetation succession along a chronosequence within Eucalyptus obliqua wet forest, southern Tasmania, Christine Dobbin, Rice University

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Tibetan Women’s Experiences with Childbirth: A Comparative Study of Present-Day Shangri-La and Previous Studies in Tibetan Communities, Billie Dunn-McMartin, Guilford College

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a Danza de las Tijeras Continuidad Dinámica y Reivindicación de la Identidad Indígena Andina / Dance of the Scissors Dynamic Continuity and Reclamation of Andean Indigenous Identity, Cinthia Durán, Skidmore College

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Betanzos: enfrentando el cambio climático \ Betanzos: Confronting Climate Change, Cody Eaton, Tufts University

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Prevalence of Moniliophthora roreri in Theobroma cacao in relation to clone variety, community composition, environmental factors in an organic cacao farm in Charagre, Bocas del Toro, Panamá: A case study, Kara Eckberg, University of Minnesota

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Una aproximación al proceso de construcción de la identidad cultural coreano-argentina en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires / An Approach to the Korean-Argentine Ethnic and Cultural Identity in the City of Buenos Aires, Hyeree Ellis, DePauw University

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Women Who Surf in Morocco, Anna Esposito, Bates College

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Environmental Education in Post-green Revolution Punjab, Qing Fan, Pomona College

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A Companion to “Soulaliyate” Form Justification and Artistic Explanation, Rosalind Faulkner, Pamona College

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A Comparative Case Study of American and Ugandan Refugee Policies, Anna Feins, Boston College

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“Todavía nos falta”: Un análisis etnográfico del género y la clase social en un club deportivo barrial en el Sureste de la ciudad de Buenos Aires / "We still lack": An ethnographic analysis of gender and social class in a neighborhood sports club in the Southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, Alonso Fernández, Southwestern University

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UNA INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE LA PREVALENCIA DE LA LACTANCIA MATERNA / 62/5000 AN INVESTIGATION ON THE PREVALENCE OF BREASTFEEDING, Madeline Ferone, Emory University

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¡El agua es nuestra! Pensar desde afuera del discurso de ‘público vs privado’ / The water is ours! Thinking from outside the 'public vs. private' speech, Julius Figueroa, Columbia University

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Subversion and the State: Politics of Moroccan Hip-Hop and Rap Music, Grace Findlen-Golden, Vassar College

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Czech Artivism: The Function of Activist Art in Czech Political Culture, Kristen Fontaine, Stonehill College

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Sex work and compromised health: Health conditions and the barriers to accessing treatment services in Pelourinho, Salvador, Amelia Fox, University of Denver

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Sí o No a la Carretera: Las distintas perspectivas geopolíticas en el debate sobre la carretera a través del TIPNIS / Yes or No to the Road: The different geopolitical perspectives in the debate on the road through the TIPNIS, Brigid Freed, Macalester College

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La Militancia, el feminismo y la participación de poblaciones marginales: El estudio de la Asociación Civil Juana Azurduy / Militancy, feminism and the participation of marginal populations: The study of the Civil Association Juana Azurduy, Claudia Freeman, Washington University

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Cultivating Peace through Teaching History in Rwandan Secondary Schools: Opportunities and Challenges, Brittany Fried, Georgetown University

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¿Querías salir embarazada?: La cultura y la salud de las embarazadas en Puerto Bello / Did you want to get pregnant?: The culture and health of pregnant women in Puerto Bello, Jessie Malone Friedman, Whitman College

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Utilization and Accessibility of Securinega Virosa for Medical Use in Morogoro Municipality, Sasha Friedrich, Harvey Mudd College

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A Comparative Study of the Barriers to HIV Self-Management Among Myanmar Migrant and Han Chinese Women in Yunnan, China, Anna Gaden, Bates College

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Prey naïveté and predator-prey interactions between Pterois volitans, Pomacentridae, and Tetraodontidae in two reefs in the Guna Yala Archipelago, Panama, Jesse Garrett-Larsen, College of Wooster

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The Disappearance of Nyoman and Ketut, Laura Michelle Garvie, University of Maryland

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Mental Illness Stigma, Socially Acceptable Treatment, and Barriers to Health, Frances Renee Gellert, Colorado College

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¿Trabajando juntos? La dinámica de la relación entre movimiento estudiantil y movimiento docente de 2014-2015 / Working together? The dynamics of the relationship between student movement and teacher movement 2014-2015, Klielle Glanzberg-Krainin, Tufts University

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Twisting the Tap: Water Scarcity and Conflict in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin, Samantha Glass, Yale University

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Monitoring Anuran Populations in Bosque Protector Candelaria: A multi-year comparison of frog populations in an Ecuadorian cloud forest, Mindee Goodrum, St. Michael's College

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Health Literacy Skills of Aging Populations and Its Impact on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Peter Gorman, DePauw University

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¿Dónde está Santiago Maldonado? El uso del retrato y el activismo artístico para exigir la ' aparición con vida ' de los desapariciones forzadas en Argentina / ¿Dónde está Santiago Maldonado? The use of portraiture and artistic activism to demand for the ‘ aparición con vida ’ of the forcibly disappeared in Argentina, Emily Gresham Beamer, University of Washington

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Counting Crabs: Assessment of Mangrove Crab Diversity and Density Among Three Sites in Ushongo, Tanzania, Clarasophia Gust, Occidental College

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Small-Scale Farming of Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) at Unguja Ukuu, Zanzibar, Claire Hacker, Cornell University

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When Knowledge Flows: A Case Study of Village Health Workers’ Motivations in Jamkhed, Selaem Hadera, Emory University

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Losing Faith: An Exploration of Village Ponds in the Thar Desert, Pentti Hanlon, Dickinson College

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Ethical Business Practice, Accountability, and Quality Assurance: Primary Drivers for Sustainable Tourism Development in Iceland, Abigail Harrison, Haverford College

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Resilience of Romanian Institutions during the Global Gag Rule: 20012007, Sara Hayet, Lafayette College

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Somos tierra floreciendo: El surgimiento de la literatura kichwa como herramienta política y cultural, Kaia Heimer-Bumstead, Smith College

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"Ewondo in the Classes, French for the Masses." Mother-Tongue Education in Yaoundé, Cameroon., Parker Henry, Indiana University

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Equity and Community-Based Health Insurance: How does insurance coverage affect health seeking behavior among disadvantaged groups in India?, Hazel Hering, Occidental College

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Quality of Water in Relation to Diarrheal Disease Incidence in Obunga, Tianna Herman, Rhodes College

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Cuba’s use of Medical Diplomacy: Establishing Global Significance and Influence, Juan Herzberg, Columbia University

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Surveying the Distributions of Melaleuca quinquenervia, Psidium cattleianum, and Litsea glutinosa at Analalava Special Reserve, Hanusia Higgins, Washington University in St. Louis

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Abordajes de nuevos tratamientos para la enfermedad de Chagas y su potencial aplicación en pacientes desde las perspectivas de los profesionales en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Approaches to New Treatments for Chagas Disease and their Potential Application in Patients from the Perspectives of Professionals in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chelsea Hipwell, Lehigh University

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The Role of NGOs As Intermediaries: Negotiating the Space Between Donors and Community Members, Mara Horn, Washington University in St. Louis

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La valorización de la educación superior para estudiantes indígenas en Madre de Dios: Interrogando discursos y acciones del estado, la FENAMAD, y los estudiantes indígenas / The valorisation of higher education for indigenous students in Madre de Dios: Interrogating speeches and actions of the state, FENAMAD, and indigenous students, Sierra Houck, University of North Carolina

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La música como una forma de educación: Canciones para Cambios Sociales / Music as a form of education: Songs for Social Changes, Di Hu, Colby College

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Jordanian Public University Student Voter Participation in Parliamentary Elections, Sean Hyland, Franklin Marshall College

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Regulating the Reguliers: How the Normalization of Gays and Lesbians in Dutch Society Impacts LGBTQ Nightlife, Laura Jacobs, Smith College

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Staring Down Street Harassment: Women’s perspectives of street harassment in Tunisia, Aliya Jessa, Bowdoin College

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Access to Information and Services Regarding Maternal Health and Healthcare Within Tribal Communities Around Udaipur, Rajasthan, Arista Jhanjee, Georgetown University

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Shrimp Aquaculture in Aguadulce: Impacts on mangrove forest health and shrimp larvae populations in two sites on the Salado coastline, Nick Jickling, Hamilton College

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The Writing on the Walls: Street art as a site of participation in discourse and a platform for voice in the Moroccan public sphere, Natalie Johnson, University of North Carolina

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Bacteria Mitigation in Sponge Mariculture, Jambiani Zanzibar, Claire Johnston, Barnard College

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Caring for caregivers: challenges facing informal palliative caregivers in Western Kenya, Hartlee Johnston, Davidson College

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“Porque soy Madre”: Un análisis del rol de la maternidad en la organización “Multisectorial contra la Violencia Institucional” en Rosario, Santa Fe / “Because I’m a mother”: An Analysis of the Role of Maternity in the Organization “Multisectorial against Institutional Violence” in Rosario, Santa Fe, Daisy Jones, Davidson College

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Las Consecuencias de la Propuesta No + AFP Una investigación de sus impactos en las pensiones, el mercado laboral y el sistema financiero / The Consequences of the Proposal No + AFP An investigation of its impacts on pensions, the labor market and the financial system, Henry Kapp, Hamilton College

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Community Perception of the HIV Vaccine in Western Kenya: Acceptability, Potential Behavior Changes, and Views on Compulsory Vaccination, Deborah Keen, University of South Carolina

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Ecological Succession on Neotropical Landslides: Comparing successional patterns of four different aged landslides in the Cerro Candelaria Reserve, Nace Keifer, Whitman College

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Formalizing Through Finances: A Case Study with UNICS, Leah Kellenberger, The George Washington University

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Eco-Anxiety at University: Student Experiences and Academic Perspectives on Cultivating Healthy Emotional Responses to the Climate Crisis, Anna Kelly, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Tourism in Raja Ampat: New Chances and Challenges, Chloe King, The George Washington University

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The effects of thermal stress on fluorescent protein expression in an Indo-Pacific scleractinian coral species, Acropora tenuis, Anna Knochel, Rice University

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A Study of Reptile Community Diversity Related to Habitat Characteristics at Marojejy National Park, Julia Kowala, The College of Wooster

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The Taxonomy, Reproduction, and Distribution of Rare Plants: A Study of Magnolia sp. in the Río Zuñac Reserve, Ecuador, Alyssa Kullberg, Colby College

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At the Intersection of History, Diplomacy, and Domestic Affairs: Vietnam’s Difficult Position in the South China Sea Dispute, Michael Lanin, Skidmore College

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Picture This: The role of digital storytelling in motivating donations towards refugee relief, Mitra LeBuhn, University of Oregon

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Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technology in Mongolia Lee, Madeline Academic Director: Sanjaasuren, Ulziijargal Claremont McKenna College International Relations Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, Salkhit, Hatgal Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment SIT Study Abroad Spring, Madeline Lee, Claremont McKenna College

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Munnar Plantation Strike, 2015: a Case Study of Keralan Female Tea Workers’ Fight for Justice, Shoshana Levy, Barnard College

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ASEAN and the South China Sea: Approaches to Resolving the Conflict, Jennifer Jie Li, Harvard University

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Exploring Rwanda's Continuing Education Capacity for Information Communications Technology (ICT) Skills, Li Keen Lim, Northwestern University

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Understanding Sanitation Preferences: An Exploratory Study in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan, Karen Mac, Santa Clara University

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HIV Harm Reduction Methods: A Comparison Between Switzerland and the United States, Erin Major, Davidson College

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KUL SHAE MIZEAN—MOROCCAN RHETORIC OF RACISM: Obscured Moroccan Racism and Its Effects on Sub-Saharan African Refugees’ Integration in Rabat, Hannah Mangen

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Colonización, Globalización, Descolonización: Cambiar la Forma en que los Bolivianos Piensan sobre Cuestiones LGBT / Colonization, Globalization, Decolonization: Changing the Way Bolivians Think About LGBT Issues, Courtney Manning, Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

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Carbon Sequestration in the Cloud Forest: A Comparative Evaluation of Aboveground Biomass Carbon Stock Potential in the Río Guajalito Reserve, Elli Mapstone, Colby College

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Challenges and Successes of Adolescent Reproductive Healthcare and Education in Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil, Elana Margosis, Rice University

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Women of Leh Town, Ladakh: An Overview of Perceptions of Health, Health-Seeking Behaviors, and Access to Health Care, Sophia Marion, Bates College

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An Analysis of Positive Coping Mechanisms Utilized to Overcome Trauma in Post-Genocidal Rwanda, Danielle Marvin, The University of Iowa

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Developed Toast, Modern Laundry: Nepali Household Appliance Discourses, Maureen McCord, Wellesley College

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Water Injustice in Jendouba Governorate, Wilder McCoy, University of South Sewanee

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Reaching for the Heart: An Analysis of Language as a Weapon of Empathy For Three Capetonians, Sarah McDonald, Cornell University

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Transmitiendo la Identidad: Revalorización Sociopolítica del Kichwa por los Medios de Comunicación \ Transmitting Identity: Sociopolitical Revaluation of the Kichwa by the Media, Abi McDougal, Rice University

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A Review of 57 Zone: A social media network for TB consultation and communication in Kunming, China, India Medaris, Macalester College

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Managing Health in All the Helpers: A Survey of Mental Health Services for Humanitarian Aid Workers, Erin Mercado, University of Colorado Boulder

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Las consejerías estatales y no estatales para las mujeres víctimas de violencia de género: un estudio de caso de la Asociación Civil Corriente la Colectiva / The state and non-state councils for women victims of gender violence: a case study of la Asociación Civil Corriente la Colectiva., Elizabeth Millar, Davidson College

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The Methane-Oxidizing Capability of Pumice Biocovers on Icelandic Landfills, Mitchell P. Miller, St. Olaf College

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Identificando los Limites del Acceso a la Salud Reproductiva: Un análisis sobre las experiencias vividas por las mujeres guaraníes con los servicios de la salud reproductiva en la Villa 31 de Buenos Aires, Amelia Mitchell, Hamilton College

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Power to the Period: The Role of Menstruation in Nepal’s Formal Workplace, Johannah Mitchell, Cornell University

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Perdiendo el Paraíso: lo que el turismo se llevó de la Isla Isabela / Losing Paradise: what tourism took from Isabela Island, Dylan Souquet Moglen, Colby College

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Discourses of Psychiatry and Culture: The Interface Between Western and Traditional Medicine in the Treatment of Mental Illness, Madeline Molot, Barnard College

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The Shifting Roles of Dai Maas: An Intersection of Healthcare and Female Empowerment in Rural Udaipur, Julie Morel, Vassar College