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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The Jagori Rural Charitable Trust Model: Menstrual Education of Women and Adolescent Girls in The Villages of Rural Dharamsala, Madelon Morford, Emory University

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Coral Bleaching and the Effect of Disturbances on the Damselfish Community on Lizard Island, Australia, Alejandra Munoz, Tufts University

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“Don’t Talk Like A European”: An Autoethnography Exploring Past and Current Students’ Visions on How to Decolonize Higher Education in South Africa, Ajetha Nadanasabesan, The George Washington University

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Life in Purple: An Exploration of Moroccan LGBT+ Identity and Migration, Olivia Leone Nicholas, Whitman College

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An Abbreviated Leap: The Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Significance of the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor to the New Silk Road, Emma Nichols, Vanderbilt University

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Public Transportation in the Middle East: A Study on the Sustainability and Efficacy of Taxis in Amman and the Future of Public Transportation, Henry Nieberg, Macalester College

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Vrai: The Culture of Knockoff Goods in Morocco Their Social Value, Utility, and Context in Contemporary Rabat, Peter Nyberg, Pomona College

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Quem Ama Não Mata: Brazilian Feminicide and Odara’s Black Feminist Luta, Jair Oballe, Duke University

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Hummingbird Foraging Preference: The Hierarchical Impacts of Color, Position, and Concentration on Visitation Frequency, Erin O'Connor, Colgate University

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El Suma Qamaña: La convivencia en relación a la salud según la gente Aymara de Arica, Codpa, y Putre / El Suma Qamaña: Coexistence in relation to health according to the Aymara people of Arica, Codpa, and Putre, Alison Ogawa, Amherst College

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Maternity Care: A Case Study at Centro de Parto Normal, Kemi Oladipo, Swarthmore College

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Perspectives on Language from Street Produce Vendors in Cape Town: An examination of education, trading, and development in the informal sector, Hannah Oldham, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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La continuidad de los juicios con el nuevo gobierno: El 2 x 1 / The continuity of the judgments with the new government: The 2 x 1, Julie Olesky, Connecticut College

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Vulnerability and Resilience: The Farmers of Sagara Village, Nick Olkovsky, Vassar College

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Tierra en Revuelta: La Presencia de la Cosmovisión Indígena en las Luchas de Resistencia en la Región de Qoyllurit’i \ Earth in Revolt: The Presence of the Indigenous Worldview in the Struggles of Resistance in The Region of Qoyllurit'i, Maya Pace, Tufts University

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El futuro indefinido del Barrio Puerto de Valparaíso: Explorando el nexo complicado entre la preservación del patrimonio y la gentrificación en el Barrio Puerto de Valparaíso / The indefinite future of the Puerto de Valparaíso neighborhood: Exploring the complicated nexus between heritage preservation and gentrification in the Puerto de Valparaíso neighborhood, Anne Paglia, Georgetown University

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Herpetoplogical survey across three distinct habitats in Ankarana National Park: Long-term effects of past land use on species composition in and around the park, Julia Park, Colby College

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Aiding Neocolonialism? Moroccan NGOs, International Actors, and Questions of Autonomy in Human Rights Advocacy, Neha Patel, Pomona College

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Coral species distribution and percent cover of sessile organisms on protected and non-protected coral reefs in Digir, Buga, Dubbir, and Kanir Kinnidup, Guna Yala, Panama, Sarah Paulson, Wesleyan University

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“Todas las comunidades tenemos solo un espíritu:” Un análisis del reciente surgimiento en activismo político y social de las mujeres indígenas de la Argentina y el discurso sobre si existe un “feminismo indígena.” / “All of the communities we have one spirit:” An analysis of the recent rise of political and social activism of indigenous women in Argentina and the discussion of whether an “indigenous feminism” exists., Larissa Peltola, Claremont McKenna College

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Queer and Shear Moroccan Societal Norms Impact on Queer Women, Catherine Pendry, Elon University

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Survey of Invasive Lantana camara at Makirovana-Tsihomanaomby Forest Complex, Eliza Pessereau, Macalester College

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La lucha por Kimsakocha: resistencia contra la minería en Azuay, Ecuador \ The struggle for Kimsakocha: resistance against mining in Azuay, Ecuador, Lydia Petroske, Whitman College

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Strategies for Environmental Education for Youths and Adults, Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar, Samantha Pfeffer, Gettysburg College

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Shift in Icelandic Plant Populations Due to Climate Change: Through the Lens of Natural Dyes, Molly Pluenneke, College of Charleston

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Where We Stand: a Case Study of Small Farmers’ Participation in a Farmer Producer Company (Fpc) in Telangana, India, Rachel Posner, College of William and Mary

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A Critical Examination of the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Literature in Nunavut, Canada, Sarah Prentice, University of Colorado Boulder

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Los emprendedores tecnológicos en Buenos Aires: Un análisis de la coyuntura actual y oportunidades para el futuro / Technological Entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires: An Analysis of the Present Situation and Opportunities for the Future, Amanda Price, Columbia University

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The Perceived Mental Health Effects of China’s One-Child Policy, Avery Rasmussen, University of Vermont

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Daycare, Decision-making, and the Determinants of Health: A Mother-centric Approach to Understanding Childcare and Child Health in Rural Dharamshala, Arielle Rawlings, Williams College

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No a la Tala: Percepciones sobre Reforestación en Cochabamba, Bolivia / No to La Tala: Perforations on Reforestation in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Kate Raybon, Macalester College

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"Why Can’t We All Get Along:" An analysis of Baka education, and the application of picture books in Baka, Kylie Richmond, Loyola University Chicago

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La educación multicultural: enfoques y brechas en cuatro escuelas municipales en Santiago, Chile / Multicultural education: approaches and gaps in four municipal schools in Santiago, Chile, Fiona Riebeling, Yale University

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Bridging the Gap from Policy to Practice: Diabetes in Rural Morocco, Zoe H. Robbin, Emory University

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Weaving Identity: Stories and Manifestations of Amazigh Carpet Weavers in the Moroccan Village of Tarmilat, Alessandra Roggero, Whittier College

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Here There Be Herders: Comparative Archaeological Survey of Bronze Age Monumental Landscapes, Charles Ronkos, Rice University

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Evaluating Frameworks for Multilateral Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Danielle Rosenthal, The George Washington University

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Hydrology and macroinvertebrates as biological indicators- an integrated study of the Río Zamora Watershed, Loja, Ecuador, Isabel Ryde, Macalester College

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The Business of Brandy: The Changing Roles of Women in Apple Brandy Production in Lower Mustang, Nepal, Madeline Sachs, Yale University

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DEFINIENDO LA CONCEPCIÓN DE LA SALUD MENTAL Y ESPIRITUAL: La Influencia de la Biomedicina y la Religión Occidental en la Comunidad Mapuche de La Araucanía, Maya Salvio, Smith College

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Physical Activity and Movement In the Classroom Setting, Coral Santos, St. Michael's College

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Factors that determine civil action in opposition to hydroelectric development along the Chiriquí Viejo River in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, Nora Sawyer, University of Oregon

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Solid Waste Management in the Developing World: The Role of Local Government in Kisumu, Kenya, Rachel Schlueter, Boston University

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The Role of Young Environmental Activists in Iceland and Furthering Youth Engagement with Environmental Issues, Story Schwantes, Colorado College

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The Power Dynamics of Language: An Analysis of the Positionality of Amazigh Language in Morocco, Jessica Schwed, Vassar College

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Las condiciones de vida de los usuarios adultos mayores del Hospital Makewe / The living conditions of elderly users of Makewe Hospital, Taylor Selembo, Tulane University

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Where Ethnography Breaks Down: The Ethics, Miscommunications, and Failures of My Independent Study Project, Natasha Shannon, University of Richmond

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Being Transgender and Seeking Healthcare in the World’s Most Liberal City, Nicole Sharpe, University of Colorado

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Chagas, enfermedad olvidada: Una perspectiva histórica de la prevención y control del Chagas en la provincia de Salta, Argentina (1909 – 2017) \ Chagas, A Forgotten Disease: A Historical Perspective on the Prevention and Control of Chagas in Salta Province, Argentina (1909 – 2017), Tara Shea, Yale University

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Avian species and family composition along elevational and disturbance gradients in Santa Fe National Park, Veraguas Province, Panamá, Benjamin Shipley, University of Colorado

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Discursos de Esclavitud: Un análisis de las implicaciones estratégicas de la retórica acerca de los talleres textiles informales de Buenos Aires y los migrantes bolivianos que trabajan en ellos / Discourses of Slavery: An analysis of the strategic implications of the rhetoric surrounding the sweatshops of Buenos Aires and the bolivian migrants who work in them, Tessa Silverman, Columbia University

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Land Insecurity in Gulu, Uganda: A Clash Between Culture and Capitalism, Zachary Slotkin, The George Washington University

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The Effect of Warming on Wind Speed and Potential Wind Power in Iceland, Alexei Smith, Hamilton College

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Agricultural Responses to Climate Change: A Study of Adaptive Farming Methods in Kizanda Village, Bailey Smith-Helman, Northwestern University

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Man and Land: Competing Ontologies, Colonial Legacies, and the Quest for Food Sovereignty, Savannah Smith, Vassar College

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Shifting Mental Health from the Back Burner: An Investigation of the Mental Health Treatment Gap, Eva Hanorah Stanton, Columbia University

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From the Margins to the Frame: Social Identities and a “pan-Pacific” Moana, Keara Sternberg, Skidmore College

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Una exploración del proceso de recuperación frente a desastres y las fuentes de resiliencia en Alimapu, "La Tierra Quemada” / An exploration of the disaster recovery process and sources of resilience in Alimapu, "La Tierra Quemada", Alison Stewart, Washington University

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When the Books Hit Back: Perceived Stress in University Students, Henry Stoddard, Tulane University

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After the Flood: Fish Farming and Climate Change Adaptation in Chitwan, Nepal, Signe Stroming, Georgetown University

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Remembering Negdels: Nostalgia, Memory & Soviet-Era Herding Collectives, Maya Sutton-Smith, Connecticut College

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Gender Socialization in Chinese Schools: Teachers, Children and Gender Roles, Connor Swan, Williams College

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O Negro e O Poder: The significance of social support and positive Black identity formation through an Afro-Brazilian politico-cultural organization in Salvador, Bahia, Ninar Taha, University of Virginia

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El estudio del viejismo en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires desde la perspectiva de los adultos mayores con diferentes coberturas de salud \ The Study of Ageism in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires from the Perspective of Older Adults with Different Health Coverage, Tara Tardino, Cornell University

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Community Management and Governance of COMATSA-Sud New Protected Area (Ambalamanasy II Commune), Allison Tennant, Amherst College

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Un Rescate Incompleto: Los Éxitos y Limitaciones del Programa de Educación Intercultural Bilingüe Como un Proyecto Anticolonialista / An Incomplete Rescue: The Successes and Limitations of the Bilingual Intercultural Education Program As an Anticolonialist Project, Aviva Thal, Vassar College

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“Uno es Palestino por el orgullo” Palestinian Assimilation and Identity in Nicaragua., Eric Thornton, Kenyon College

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Agrarian Reform in Sumber Klampok, Emma Trainor, University of Vermont

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Investigating geothermally-sourced H2S pollution in the Reykjavík area: a case study of early March 2017., Shawnee Traylor, Columbia University

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An Ethnobotanical Examination of Traditional Medicine in Ngezi Forest Reserve, Tyler Tsang, Siena College

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Motivations and Obstacles on the Long Walk to Integration: Determinants of Six Cape Town Chinese Immigrants’ Political Participation, Yawen Tsao, Smith College

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Impacts of Migration on Mosuo Cultural Identity: A case study of the Mosuo People in Lijiang, Isabel Ullmann, University of California, Berkeley

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Creating Safe Spaces in a Homonormative Society: A Study of The Hang-Out 010, Taryn Urban, Bucknell University

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ABC or AEI: A Comparison of Approaches to Early Childhood Education in Samoa, Sofia Valbuena, Villanova University

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The Economic Legacies of Lingering Colonialism: A Case Study in Identity and Multiculturalism in Northern Morocco and the Spanish Enclaves, Jeremy Vale, Colby College

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Kali Gandaki: The Road from Lower Mustang to a Global Food Market, Austin Van Wart, University of Wisconsin- Madison

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Digital Diplomacy and Its Effect on International Relations, Bridget Verrekia, Gettysburg College

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Neoliberalismo & Pensamiento Crítico: Relaciones entre la Educación Popular y sistemas actuales chilenos / Neoliberalism & Critical Thinking: Relations between Popular Education and current Chilean systems, Sarah Wagner, Amherst College

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The Tribulations of Moroccan Child Laborers: A Forced Existence and Loss of Innocence, David Wien-Kandil, University of Mary Washington

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Geopolitical Relations: Uganda’s Role in the Development of the River Nile, Jordan Williams, The George Washington University

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Russia's Northern Rook: Nord Stream 2 on the European Energy Chessboard, David E. Wilson, The College of Wooster

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Optimized Organic Waste Treatment System An assessment of composting and biogas potential at Santos Organics, Abbie Winter, Bucknell University

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Essential Newborn Care during Humanitarian Crises: Integration of Low-Cost Interventions, Athena Wong, Cornell University

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Las ofrendas a la tierra en un mundo global \ Offerings to land in a global world, Alison Wuensch, University of San Francisco

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Shaped by Changing Space: Exploring Gender and the Discourse of Empowerment in Sikles, Nepal, Rachel Yanover, Wesleyan University

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The Latex Journey: A Narrative Approach to Exploring Condom Use, Stigma, and Education from the Perspective of Women in Masxha, Kylie Yocum, Tulane University

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Development of a Wild Infant Woolly Monkey Social interactions, time allocation and behavior of a wild Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii infant and her mother, Saba Zewdie, Whitman College

Submissions from 2016

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Both a Borrower and a Lender Be: A Look at the Local Economy and Credit Culture in the Tarap Valley in Dolpa, Nepal, Alexa Adams, Bates College

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The Impact of Religion and Culture on Coparenting in Morocco, Corrine Ahrabi-Nejad, George Washington University

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Epigeal fauna of Bosque Protector Cerro Candelaria, Justine Albers, Swarthmore College

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Los factores influyentes en las perspectivas de aborto de los estudiantes universitarios en Santiago, Chile: desde lo conservador a lo contrario, Victoria Albert, Washington University in St. Louis

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Protecting the Right to Life of the Internally Displaced: An Examination of Encampment and Its Effects on the Communities in Unyama and Koro Sub-Counties in Gulu District, Northern Uganda, Ashley Alessandra, George Washington University

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Democratization in the Arab World: A Moroccan case study of Culture, Religion, and Governance, Marwah Al-Jilani, Oregon State University

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Goals of Aid Organizations and Perspectives of Employees: Urban Integration of Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Alysha Alloway, Macalester College

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Framing Feminine Identity: Exploring Ways of Being a Woman, through the Practice of Faith, and Ideas of Equality and Justice through Narratives of South African Muslim Women Activists, Rachel Anderson, University of Oregon

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For a public-private partnership to achieve migrant health equality in Morocco: A Cross-Analysis of Integration Policies and Migrant Peer Educator Programs, Victoria Anders, Pomona College

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One Year Later: The Politics and Stories of Post-Earthquake Nepal, Boyer Andrew, Macalaster College

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University Expectations and Preparations at the Upper-Secondary School Level: A Case Study at the Experimental High School of Hanoi and Hanoi University, Charlotte Andrews, Hamilton College

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Comparison of Growth Rates in two Captive Bred Species of Atelopus (Anura; BUFONIDAE), at El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, Cecile Avery

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The Future of Agriculture in Cameroon in the Age of Agricultural Biotechnology, Audrey Ball, Washington University in St. Louis