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.

[Finance] Understanding stock market. How to become a successful trader.

Ever dreamed of working for yourself? Look no further than trading. It can be scary to lose money, but with the right tools and knowledge you can reach financial independence early in your life. Happy to share my path and help you reach the sky!

Business, Comp Sci

Andrei
Andrei

Create an app that helps people cherish moments beyond regular photos and videos

In this project, learn how to design and develop an app that helps people cherish moments beyond regular photos and videos. You will get hands on experience and guidance on how to design the app, use some of the cloud software products to deploy the app, and how to design user experience (UI/cmdline). You will use your coding skills to develop the app. At the end, we will publish the app on the app store.

Business, Engineering, Organizational Leadership

Tanu
Tanu

Identifying gender and race/ethnicity biases in sentiment analysis

Sentiment analysis is a popular form of text analysis that uses machine learning to predict the specific emotion that the writer of the text was feeling. There are several popular machine learning models that can take a chunk of text and "assign" scores on various emotions to it. However, we know from prior research in linguistics that there are differences between gender and racial subgroups on how language is used. Thus, these popular sentiment analysis tools, which do not differentiate between gender and race, might lead to biased scores that have important future consequences. This project investigates the degree to which popular sentiment analysis models exhibit gender and racial-ethnic biases.

Business, Statistics, Psychology, Organizational Leadership

Steven
Steven

NBA Analysis Using Tableau/PowerBI

Loading and cleaning data in either platform and working through the different steps to visualize the data such as who leads the leagues in assist, points, top scorers of each position etc..

Business, Sports Analytics, Organizational Leadership

Coty
Coty

Practicing Boundaries at x school

Developing the ability to set and respect boundaries is a vital social skill that often is neglected within formal education spaces. In this study, we are going to survey students at X high school about their knowledge and use of different types of boundaries (emotional, physical, material, etc.). We will then introduce students to a curriculum focused on supporting individuals in identifying, setting, sharing, and respecting boundaries. After two weeks, participants will receive a second survey about their knowledge and use of different types of boundaries (emotional, physical, material, etc.). At this time, participants will be invited to participate in an interview to discuss these topics further. We will use this information to measure the success of our intervention and to finalize a shareable curriculum that will include quotations and findings from our study.

Business, Psychology, Languages, Literature and Languages

Yael
Yael

A code for measuring geometrical features of tumors

The goals of this project are as follows: 1- Learn how to do image analysis with program of choice (ImageJ or MATLAB or any other software of interest). 2- Drive geometrical feature of a tumors (diameter, density, sphericity, etc) from histology images 3- Use existing literature to classify if the tumor is benign or malignant. Result of this project is a code which can be used by doctors to help identify tumor diagnosis. Reference: https://www.healthtravellersworldwide.com/cancer-detection-techniques/

Business, Biotech, Engineering, Literature and Languages, AI/ML

Morteza
Morteza

Development of new cancer treatment with targeted medicine

Using our understanding of the human body and cellular markers, let's develop a new drug target to treat certain cancers. This project would involve a literature review of the latest research studying specific cellular markers that only cancer cells exhibit and designing a drug to target those markers. The goal of this project would be to publish our findings in a scientific journal and/or poster presentation at a conference.

Biology, Cancer, Business, Social Science

Clayton
Clayton

Community Focused Health Analysis

Population data on disease within a particular geographic region is critical to both clinicians and health systems. It helps inform strategic decisions on how to tailor services to particular patient population. This project would describe and analyze rates of disease incidence within a specific community of interest and provide ideas for targeted solutions.

Biology, Healthcare, Business, Arts

Avery
Avery

The Business Impact of Good Product Design

Using systematic analysis, determine the monetary value to a company of investing in good design.

Business, Psychology, Organizational Leadership

Alex
Alex

How to Pick A Career (That Actually Fits You)

This is a project about something I’ve been passionate about forever: careers. Because I couldn't explain this better myself, I'll share a slightly edited version of my favorite passage from one of Tim Urban's posts on careers: Society tells us a lot of things about what we should want in a career and what the possibilities are—which is weird because I’m pretty sure society knows very little about any of this. When it comes to careers, society is like your great uncle who traps you at holidays and goes on a 15-minute mostly incoherent unsolicited advice monologue, and you tune out almost the whole time because it’s super clear he has very little idea what he’s talking about and that everything he says is like 45 years outdated. Society is like that great uncle, and conventional wisdom is like his rant. Except in this case, instead of tuning it out, we pay rapt attention to every word, and then we make major career decisions based on what he says. Kind of a weird thing for us to do. Career-path-carving is definitely one of those really really deeply important things. Let’s spell out the obvious reasons why: Time. For most of us, a career (including ancillary career time, like time spent commuting and thinking about your work) will eat up somewhere between 50,000 and 150,000 hours. At the moment, a long human life runs at about 750,000 hours. When you subtract childhood (~175,000 hours) and the portion of your adult life you’ll spend sleeping, eating, exercising, and otherwise taking care of the human pet you live in, along with errands and general life upkeep (~325,000 hours), you’re left with 250,000 “meaningful adult hours.” So a typical career will take up somewhere between 20% and 60% of your meaningful adult time—not something to be rash about. Quality of Life. Your career has a major effect on all the non-career hours as well. For those of us not already wealthy through past earnings, marriage, or inheritance, a career doubles as our means of support. The particulars of your career also often play a big role in determining where you live, how flexible your life is, the kinds of things you’re able to do in your free time, and sometimes even in who you end up marrying. Impact. On top of your career being the way you spend much of your time and the means of support for the rest of your time, your career triples as your primary mode of impact-making. Every human life touches thousands of other lives in thousands of different ways, and all of those lives you alter then go on to touch thousands of lives of their own. We can’t test this, but I’m pretty sure that you can select any 80-year-old alive today, go back in time 80 years, find them as an infant, throw the infant in the trash, and then come back to the present day and find a countless number of things changed. All lives make a large impact on the world and on the future—but the kind of impact you end up making is largely within your control, depending on the values you live by and the places you direct your energy. Whatever shape your career path ends up taking, the world will be altered by it. Identity. In our childhoods, people ask us about our career plans by asking us what we want to be when we grow up. When we grow up, we tell people about our careers by telling them what we are. We don’t say, “I practice law”—we say, “I am a lawyer.” This is probably an unhealthy way to think about careers, but the way many societies are right now, a person’s career quadruples as the person’s primary identity. Which is kind of a big thing. So yeah—your career path isn’t like my unfashionable sweatshirt. It’s really really deeply important, putting it squarely in “Definitely absolutely make sure to give it the time it needs” territory. You’re not a pro at this, but you’re certainly more qualified to figure out what’s best for you than our collective un-self-aware great uncle. For those of you yet to start your career who aren’t sure what you want to do with their lives, or those of you currently focusing on a career path who aren’t sure you’re on the right path, I hope this project can help you press the reset button on your thought process and get some clarity.

Finance, Business

Adrien
Adrien

Trend Forecasting

We will explore 12 different avenues of fashion forecasting. Then, picking 2-3 different types of forecasting and comparing similarities in trends and how they relate to one another.

Fashion, Business

Sarah
Sarah

Launch a Social Media Brand | Elevate LLC

Help me to expand my business on social media, including content design and marketing strategy across Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and any other relevant platforms.

Business, Creative Writing

Ben
Ben

Intensive Study: The Scenes of a Neighborhood

How do you get to know a neighborhood? What is local knowledge vs. expert knowledge? From an urban design point of view, how do we perceive our environment? How does the local connect to a greater network? How does the past and present inform the future? By starting small and working from the most concrete details of one's surroundings, the student will gradually build up to a greater understanding of a particular place and one's role in relation to it. The project will be structured around a series of modules with deliverables that will combine to form a final report on the neighborhood.

Business, Economics

Yang
Yang

Launching a Media Brand

Building a media brand is a great way to garner visibility around your ideas an passions. Creating podcasts, blogs, and videos is a fun and fulfilling way to dig deeper into your interests, gives structure to learning in a creative way, and builds a portfolio to easily communicate your passion with others (including future employers and university admissions). For this project, we'll begin by studying some excellent examples of educational digital media and discussing how and why they are successful. From there, you will build a proposal for a media project and actually launch on at least one platform.

Business, Organizational Leadership

Kyle
Kyle

Personal Finance with An Introduction to Cryptocurrency

Traditional finance is becoming more and more obsolete as more efficient and higher yield strategies emerge in Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Because DeFi leverages blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, it is cheaper, faster, and actually safer than traditional finance. Cryptocurrencies have a long way to go before one or a handful get accepted into the mainstream, but, as students growing up in a world dictated by technological innovation, it is wise to understand how this technology works, and how you can leverage it to save your money more effectively than in a traditional savings account. In this project, you will be introduced to the world of DeFi, learn why you should care about it, and understand why the younger you are, the more advantages you have. You will learn about: - how to set up your personal finance goals and plan - how DeFi technology works so you know what is actually happening with your money - the risks and dangers of DeFi and how to avoid them - the different blockchains competing for dominance in DeFi - cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but also stablecoins like USDC and DAI - crypto savings accounts with high yields to take advantage of daily compounding interest - Centralized and Decentralized Exchanges to buy, sell, or swap cryptocurrencies - and how to store your assets safely I know emerging technologies seem daunting, but that is because, at first, they are disruptive and difficult to understand. However, if their value outweighs that of the existing system, they will always succeed in replacing the old with a new system. This is why it is important for the younger generations to understand and take advantage of the opportunities presented by DeFi before it becomes the dominant system of finance and you're left in the dark, not knowing how it works. I look forward to being your guide and helping you make your assets work for you.

Finance, Business

Adrien
Adrien

A review article about areas for innovation in medical devices

The goal of this project is threefold: 1- Identify leading medical device technologies and their areas of application 2- Identify drawbacks and challenges these devices impose on patients 3- Brainstorm about ideas on how to improve the technologies or what additional features are necessary to be considered for next-generation of such devices. Result: expected results is a scientific article/magazine paper Reference for the submitted image: https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/future-medical-materials-and-medtech-innovation

Business, Biotech, Engineering, Literature and Languages, AI/ML

Morteza
Morteza

Investment Strategies for Financial Freedom or FIRE

A hands on project that will allow the student to understand and deep dive into the fundamentals of capital markets in the United States. The student will not only write a paper, but also create a strategic action plan that dictates the actions to take in order to maximize returns on capital. The following skills and concepts will be learned and applied: -Brokerage Accounts -Stock Picking -Mutual Funds and ETFs -Hedge Funds and PE Funds -Capital Gains and Taxes -Retirement Accounts and Tax Advantaged Accounts -Advanced Research (Fama French model vs. Cap M) -Income budgeting

Psychology, Business, Social Science, History, Finance, Organizational Leadership

David
David

DEI in the Workplace

Diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforces drive better business outcomes for organizations. While many organizations have aspired to these goals, progress has been slow. Many are now working to make the necessary changes that create safe and inclusive spaces. Create a strategy that meaningfully builds a workforce that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Business, Organizational Leadership

Zoe
Zoe

Interactive COVID data dashboard

This is a sample project I mentored a high school student through at the beginning of COVID. We took state published raw data and build an interactive dashboard very similar to the Washington state's dashboard (which launched several months after ours) through Power BI. https://doh.wa.gov/emergencies/covid-19/data-dashboard

Business

Yixi
Yixi

Optimizing Delivery Network of a Company

How can a company (such as FedEx, Amazon, DoorDash) reduce the number of miles traveled by their fleet, while still delivering to all their customers? By minimizing the distance traveled, a company can save money on fuel and reduce their environmental impact. To solve this problem, we can look at one city and distribution network and decide in what order to deliver packages with a minimum number of miles. During this project we will dive deep into optimization modeling with Excel, and think through the business requirements needed to solve this problem.

Business, AI/ML

Olivia
Olivia