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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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Best of Both Worlds: My journey to the AIF Clinton Fellowship

Every summer, my family and I would visit our family members in India, and my mother took these opportunities to teach my brother and I about our culture, meaning visits to historical landmarks and museums. I dreaded these trips because I never connected with my Indian heritage.

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From Peace Corps to diversity scholar, her path started at SIT

Like many alumni, Deniece Dortch found her way to SIT Graduate Institute via the Peace Corps. But instead of expanding her career abroad, as she had originally intended, her SIT experience convinced Deniece that she should sharpen, advance, and use her skills in the United States.

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Alumna Abby Yates says South Africa continues to resonate in her life back home

Abby Yates, a senior from the University of Minnesota, shares her thoughts about the SIT summer internship program South Africa: Social Justice and Activism and its lasting effect. It’s been over a month since I touched down back in the U.S., and I’ve reflected on my experience in Cape Town…

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