2,893 Inspirational Research Project Ideas

Turn inspirations into your passion project.

This collection of project ideas, shared by Polygence mentors, is meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

10 minute writing from the soul: what will it reveal?

Inspiration is found deep within. What do you remember? Write. Let your fingers dance. Remember something in detail? Bus driving by your house? Write it. Let your consciousness flow through you. Write as much as you can. Exercise a little creativity and elaborate. Let's take a look at what comes out and then let us draw and paint.

Illustration, Animation, Creative Writing

Anna
Anna

Extended Game Jam for One

Go through the process of creating your own game from start to finish. In game jams, like the Global Game Jam, you typically have 48 hours to create a fully fledged game. Usually though, you create a team of programmers, artists, and sometimes even experience and sound designers. If you jam by yourself and give yourself 48 hours in each of those roles, you get a longer form project where you can really start to explore the different steps needed to make a game. By game jamming by yourself you will: - learn the full pipeline for game creation - end up with a compelling project for your portfolio that will help set you up for your career - learn the different ways that game design, programming, and artist roles contribute to the finished product - help you define what kind of role in the game industry you're seeking and why

Animation

Kathryn-Mae
Kathryn-Mae

An Idea to Change The World

Do you have something powerful to say? Do you have a skill or knowledge to share? Games can be a great medium to share that. If you have change you want to create in players, an idea is all it takes to get started on making a Transformational Game!

Animation

Kathryn-Mae
Kathryn-Mae

Inclusive Design

Autocomplete and voice control began as features for disabled users. Vint Cerf helped invent email in part to communicate with his deaf wife while at work. OCR, now used by Google Books and Translate to convert print and handwritten text to digital form, was invented to create a reading machine for the blind. Look anywhere around you and you'll find technology originally developed to help underserved populations that now benefits everyone. What can we learn when we design specifically for a single person, perhaps a dyslexic first-grader or a wheelchair-bound relative, instead of for the "average" person? Hopefully, we can improve not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.

Animation, Arts, Comp Sci

Kevin
Kevin

What does a galaxy sound like?

[Data Sonification] How can galactic properties (e.g. mass, temperature, composition) be turned into meaningful sound bites for quick comparisons?

Biology, Animation, Physics, Arts, Comp Sci

David
David

Illustrate your Day

As a daily exercise, I want you to pick out your favorite sketchbook, portable, please! What you will do is a sketch with pencil items that impact your every day. Compose them on the page. Play with dimensions. Enter the world of Salvador Dali. Is the time running away? Then make it run. Use a waterproof pen to play with line weight. Add patterns and texture. Then when you have the time later in the day add dashes of watercolor to your liking. No need to stay inside the line. Be wild. Keep space for some journaling. See your day come alive as the day comes to an end.

Illustration, Animation, Creative Writing

Anna
Anna