SIT alumni present research at Notre Dame conference

These SIT Study Abroad alumni are among 60 students chosen to present their undergraduate research at the prestigious Human Development Conference at University of Notre Dame Feb. 22-23. The annual student-led conference is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. This year’s theme is “Engaging with Empathy: a preferential option…

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Peacemaking in Myanmar: iPACE and CONTACT alum Harry Myo Lin

Harry Myo Lin has a vision for a peaceful Myanmar. He has been working toward that vision ever since conflict broke out in the Rakhine State in 2012—promoting interfaith dialogue first through the Mandalay-based NGO he founded called Seagull, and now at the international peacebuilding organization KAICIID. Last month, TIME…

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‘Cross-cultural relationships that will last a lifetime’

This post originally appear on the Rice University website. It is reprinted here with permission. … participating in a study abroad program has allowed me to become more sure of my interests, values and goals, and has shaped me into a more open-minded, globally-aware, and empowered individual.” Shivani Raman Martel…

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A Different Feather: SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard studies seabirds

Two Nazca boobies in the Galapagos archipelago.

Isolated locations are appealing to SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard, a PhD candidate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Not long ago, she spent months camping with a small research group on an island in the Galapagos archipelago — just over 550 miles from mainland Ecuador — studying a seabird called the Nazca booby.

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“Glocal” digits: Study Abroad alum Max Smith publishes research on cell phones in Africa

photo of Max Smith

SIT and Kenyon College alum Max Smith studied cell phone use in West Africa for his Independent Study Project with SIT Cameroon: Culture, Social Change, and Development. His results made him a published author. His book, The ‘Glocalization’ of Mobile Telephony in West and Central Africa, was published in September.

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Robots and Research: SIT Netherlands alum Audrey Pope

Vanderbilt junior Audrey Pope studied in Amsterdam with SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender in fall 2018, and researched something new and unusual: the sex robot industry. Why did you choose SIT and this program? I was initially looking at SIT just because some of the programs had…

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Justice for all: SIT alumna talks about law and intellectual property rights

Woman in business attire poses in front of a sign that says BBB

My decision to pursue law stems from the premise that each of us can make a difference in the lives of others and in our communities.

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Alum Ken Bluestone advocates for the aging in the developing world

Ken Bluestone says studying anthropology made him disillusioned with being an academic. So how did he end up getting a graduate degree?

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Alum’s fish film nets attention

Student filmmaker Antonia Brown

For Rice University senior Antonia Brown, SIT’s program Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation was a great fit – a chance to do real field research. But that opportunity, she admits, was one she found daunting at first.

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Reciprocity takes shape in myriad ways

Komabu Pomeyie in wheelchair, holding her award, surrounded by seven people of varying genders, ethnicities, and ages

During December, we’re focusing on reciprocity — one of the core values shared by all SIT programs. Each week, we’re highlighting stories and posts from the past year about the ways students and staff give back through projects and research on their programs, and alumni who have taken reciprocity beyond their SIT experiences to make it part of their daily lives.

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