During Session III of the ISLE Program, the students carried out independent study projects on research topics chosen in consultation with faculty advisors.
The students conducted their research in a variety of locations,
from the Marine Archaeology Office in Galle, where Jen worked on her project,
to Ambalangoda, where Sarah researched ritual masks.
Upon conclusion of the independent study period, they returned to Kandy for their final Sinhala exams, and to present their papers to the group as a whole.
Pete's final Sinhala exam. Left to right: instructors Miss Sandamali and Dr. Liyanage, and Pete.
Here Kate displays a graph of the Sri Lankan astrological system during her independent study presentation.
The semester ended with a final celebratory tea for students, staff and the host families.
Alex and his host family at the final tea.
Bryanna and her host parents.
Dan and his host brothers
Dan, Alex and Pete in traditional Sri Lankan dress.
Bryanna, Jen, Katie, Sarah and Kate in their saris.
(left to right): Program Assistant Katie Berringer, Jen, Pete, Dan, ISLE Office manager Rosemary Chunchie, Kate, Bryanna, Sarah, and Alex at the final tea.
We have prepared two photo galleries with more photos of these events: