2,893 Inspirational Passion 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.

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Finance

Crypto token/company investment research

My mentee will pick 1-2 companies/crypto projects and will do research on them, similar to how a professional investor does their own due diligence reports. The goal of the project will be for the mentee to learn how they should think about different companies and crypto projects, the risks/benefits, and then determine whether or not they think the company/project would be a good investment. This project will provide valuable practice for students who will undoubtably use these skills in the future.

Finance

Jason
Jason

Personal Budget

Learn to build a personal budget that incorporates living expenses, charitable giving, retirement planning, insurance, and taxes. We can focus on one or all of these aspects for a detailed study and full conceptual understanding.

Finance

Jeff
Jeff

Analysis of the Effect of Interest Rate on Stock Prices A Case Study of Ghana Stock Exchange

This research used quantitative methodology and was performed using regression analyses to assess the relationship between interest rates and stock prices on the Ghana stock exchange. The ordinary least square regression was estimated with stock price as the dependent variable and interest rate as the independent variable. The variables were transformed into their natural logarithm forms

Economics, Finance, Social Science

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

The power of having a long runway when investing

Investigate the different outcomes of people starting their investing journey at different ages.

Business, Finance

Adam
Adam

Exploring Financial Planning Across Economic Classes

This research project focuses on examining financial planning practices among individuals from different economic classes. By studying the financial habits and strategies employed by individuals across various income levels, valuable insights can be gained into the factors influencing financial decision-making and outcomes. The project could involve gathering quantitative data through surveys or analyzing existing datasets to understand the variations in financial planning behaviors among different economic classes. It could also include qualitative research methods, such as interviews or case studies, to gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities faced by individuals in different economic classes. The findings of this research could contribute to the development of tailored financial education programs and policies aimed at improving financial literacy and well-being across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Moreover, the results may provide valuable insights for financial institutions and advisors in better understanding and serving the needs of individuals from various economic classes. Overall, this research has the potential to shed light on the dynamics of financial planning and contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable financial landscape for individuals from all economic backgrounds.

Business, Creative Writing, Literature and Languages, Finance

Yehuwdiyth
Yehuwdiyth

Examining Social Stressors Among Students

Social stressors among students, such as a lack of friends, being in different classes, interpersonal conflicts, and peer pressure, can adversely affect their mental health. Exploring the impact of these stressors and potential factors that amplify or mitigate their effects could form the basis of a research paper, slide deck, or podcast. Quantitative or qualitative data analysis could be utilized depending on the student's interest area. In addition to examining the impact of social stressors among students, there are other avenues of research that can be explored. For example, a student could delve into the coping mechanisms employed by students to deal with social stressors, and how these strategies affect their overall well-being. Another research direction could involve examining the role of social support networks in mitigating the negative effects of social stressors on students' mental health. Furthermore, exploring the long-term consequences of experiencing social stressors during the student years and its potential implications for adulthood could be another intriguing research area to explore.

Business, Creative Writing, Literature and Languages, Finance

Yehuwdiyth
Yehuwdiyth

Gender Economic Inequality

Women tend to be the workforce majority in many service industries including healthcare, social work, hospitality and retail. For these reasons, women’s livelihoods have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential research ideas include: How has female employment status been impacted by the pandemic? What are implications of female unemployment on the college degree, attendance and completion of women? How has the gig economy influenced women’s work opportunities?

Economics, Finance

Kristen
Kristen

Stock Portfolio Project

In this project, my Mentees will be given a Hypothetical million dollars and will be asked to chose between 5 to 10 fortune 500 companies to invest in. Throughout the course of our ten sessions we will be monitoring and tracking the increases and decreases in the stock using NASDAQ and track the progress in an excel file. At the end, I will ask that a research paper be formulated using the findings explaining which companies are best/worst to invest in for a short period of time when both comparisons are made and historical data is taken into consideration. The end goal is to ensure that my mentees understand the value of doing research about investments before putting money into them. Also, this will help to make sure that the message of how volatile the market can be is clearly communicated.

Business, Finance

Tatyana
Tatyana

What college should I attend?

This example project uses data science to make an informed decision about what college a student should attend. The first step involves gathering data from various sources, aggregating and cleaning the data in Python, R, or MATLAB, and finally using various data science methods to arrive at a decision.

Business, Finance

Jolene
Jolene

Go To Market

Take an idea, be it a product or service, and build it into an actual business plan. Focus on creating value for your customer through your business and create a winning sales pitch to secure sales and/or funding.

Economics, Finance, Quantitative

Aaron
Aaron

Poverty trends

How did world poverty trends change in the last decade? Which regions improved and which did not? What are the possible explanations?

Statistics, Math, Economics, Finance

Alberto
Alberto

2. Economics Experiment.

People make irrational choices all the time. You see it in "bubbles" in the market, intense recessions (i.e. the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis), and everywhere in between. Some of this irrationality can be explained, but the science behind it is very young & rapidly evolving. This science is called Behavioral Finance, which is essentially the mix between Finance & Psychology. In this project, students will get a background to Behavioral Finance and have the opportunity to design and conduct their own mini-experiments. The course will include the following topics: - Background to Behavioural Finance (what is it, why does it exist, why is it important) - Why do people act irrationally and how to resist it (emotional vs practical decision-making) - How we can predict irrational decision-making (phenomena including herd behavior, loss aversion, framing, etc.) At the end of the project, the student will design their own experiment to test an irrational phenomenon. The student will write up a questionnaire, then an analysis of the results in either a paper or a presentation.

Economics, Finance

Henry
Henry

Product/Industry Case Study

In this project, you will select a particular company (or even industry) to analyze from various angles. We will leverage different frameworks to understand what determines success in this instance, how to build a lasting competitive advantage, and what threats may appear on the horizon. The final product will be a document or presentation summarizing your key findings.

Business, Finance

Andrew
Andrew

Create a Blog or Podcast Series on a Market/Industry

Do you have a particular market or industry that you'd like to learn more about? I spent three years researching market trends and competitive landscapes as an investor, and I would love to help a student create a blog or podcast series diving into a specific market and some of the interesting businesses operating within that industry.

Finance

Ali
Ali

Optimization and Issues within the Current International Supply Chains

COVID-19 has severely damaged the international supply chains, causing issues all across the world. An analysis of how the pandemic has specifically caused disruption within these distribution channels and what can possibly be done in order to ameliorate these issues.

Engineering, Finance

Abhishek
Abhishek

Podcast:

Help students launch a podcast relevant to a topic of interest, and show them how to retain users.

Finance

Kunal
Kunal

Analyze a Company or Compare Two Companies

Have a company in mind that you're interested in learning more about? I have a strong background analyzing companies as an investor, and I would love to help a student help analyze several parts of a company including financials/growth, leadership team, market size, competitive threats, company culture, and more. Have two companies in mind, maybe two competitors, that you'd like to learn more about? We can also analyze them side by side.

Finance

Ali
Ali

Data Science in Risk Management

Market drawbacks are inevitable, but do you know that their patterns are identifiable with statistics? This project will utilize a variety of probability measures, including extreme-value distributions and volatility models to optimize the allocation of stocks in your stock portfolio. The measures will be implemented in Python and R. Through this project, you will be able to: 1) Master the concepts of probability distributions 2) Obtain hands-on exposure to tasks of a Quant 3) Maximize your portfolio returns with minimal risks

Statistics, AI/ML, Finance

John
John

Purchasing Small Businesses

Are you interested in entrepreneurship but unsure of where to start? Have you considered purchasing an existing small business as a pathway to entrepreneurship? This student mentorship project offers a unique opportunity for you to delve into the process of purchasing small businesses, guided by experienced mentors. By the end of the project, you will have a solid understanding of the steps involved in acquiring a small business and be equipped to pursue your entrepreneurial goals. Expected Outcomes: 1) In-depth understanding of the process and strategies involved in purchasing small businesses. 2) Ability to evaluate and assess potential acquisition opportunities based on market analysis and due diligence. 3) Knowledge of negotiation techniques and deal structuring to achieve favorable terms. 4) Insights into post-acquisition integration and management strategies for successful business transitions. 5) Enhanced entrepreneurial mindset and business acumen.

Business, Social Science, Literature and Languages, Finance

JP
JP

Stock Pitch

In this project, you will pick a public company that interests you and create a write-up or presentation on why someone should buy or sell that stock. The pitch will include a recommendation, company profile, investment thesis, catalysts, valuation, and risk factors. Be prepared to closely follow company news especially during quarterly and annual reporting periods.

Finance

Karen
Karen