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.
- Comp Sci
- Comp Sci - Game Design
- Creative Writing
- Environmental Science
- Fluid Dynamics
- Literature and Languages
- Organizational Leadership
- Public Health
- Social Science
- Sports Analytics
Social Determinants of Health and Health Outcomes
The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the environmental, social, and economic factors that impact a person’s health, such as income, race, education, housing, and food security. The SDoH are receiving more attention and care from public health experts working with communities and physicians working with their patients. Students will be able to look at one or multiple factors part of SDoH and compare them to health outcomes in a community (ie county or state). Health outcomes the student can investigate, include the rates of COVID-19 vaccination, the prevalence of obesity, or maternal health complications. Students will have the opportunity to create a public health report discussing their findings.
Healthcare, Public Health, Environmental Science
Ethical Considerations of Artificial Intelligence in General Surgery
This project involves a scientific viewpoint manuscript that examines the advantages, disadvantages, ethical considerations, and future directions for the use of artificial intelligence in surgery, with a particular focus on specific fields such as surgical oncology.
Tranexamic Acid as a treatment for drug-induced angioedema
High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions in adults worldwide and medications such as lisinopril are commonly used to treat it. However, some patients develop a dangerous side effect called "angioedema" when they take this lisinopril, which can cause serious complications. In this project we review tranexamic acid as it is used medically to treat such patients and provide rescue therapy for drug-induced angioedema.
Healthcare, Cancer, Medicine
Do a deep dive on something you're curious about with a systematic literature review
What do you want to know more about? What lights up your curiosity? Literature reviews are a great way to understand the lay of the lay on a topic of your choice and to become an expert on a specific area. We'll work on developing a finely tuned research question using the PICO framework (problem/population, intervention/exposure, control/comparison, and outcome) and then go through the process of developing search terms and finding relevant papers. After reviewing the papers and evaluating the evidence, we'll work on developing an outline and then write a systematic review paper about your topic.
Psychiatry, Healthcare, Public Health
Synergistic Pain Management for Postoperative Pain
This project will include a brief overview of current postoperative pain management guidelines, the neurobiology of opioid pain relief, and the burden of opioid addiction faced by patients undergoing surgery. The bulk of the project consists of a thorough literature review of pain relief pathways in the brain and research exploring synergistic ways of relieving postoperative pain via neurobiology (such as complimentary receptor stimulation) that may decrease the narcotic requirement for adequate pain relief of postsurgical patients in the future. The literature review will then conclude in information synthesis and a scientific manuscript summarizing the current state of research on pain pathways. The findings are relevant to important topics in addressing the opioid epidemic.
Examining the Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Interpersonal Violence
A devastating unintended consequence of the Covid-19 Pandemic has been an increase in domestic violence cases, particularly among marginalized and under-resourced communities. This project will investigate how the pandemic has interacted with interpersonal violence through the lense of structural inequities.
Healthcare, Public Health, Philanthropy
Re-envisioning Maternal Health
Maternal mortality is an ongoing concern for the United States, particularly for Black and Latinx populations who have disproportionately higher rates of mortality. Through interviews with different stakeholders (i.e., physicians, doulas and midwives, and patients), students will share a narrative of the current state of maternal mortality and describe possible solutions from different perspectives.
Healthcare, Public Health, Creative Writing, Social Science
Racial Disparities and Preferences in Breast Reconstruction
This project reviews differences and disparities in access to care, type of breast reconstruction, and health outcomes among women who have survived breast cancer. Comparisons will be made based on the patients' racial and ethnic identities. This project offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a growing body of knowledge on health disparities in order to address an important public health question.
In this project, you can teach anything of your choice on a platform online such as YouTube or Udemy. This process will teach you to read scientific literature, draft a script and create an online presence.
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.
Innovative Iphone App for Health Monitoring
Healthcare is trending towards increasing personalization of health data tracking. This project will propose an innovative app to track and record relevant health data as it pertains to patients with diabetes to improve their health related outcomes.
Writing a specific review
In this project, you will write a scientific review-style paper on a topic of your choice. Topics could range anywhere within chemistry, from “the history of antibiotics” to “how do we know that electrons exist?“. This process will teach you how to find, access, and critically analyze existing scientific literature and how to assemble primary literature into a scientific review. You will gain skills in writing and editing, as well as an in-depth knowledge of your chosen research topic.
How Does Aristotle Inform Decision-Making at the End of Life in the U.S. Healthcare System?
All medical decisions are grounded in moral values, and clinicians ought to have an ethical framework to guide their decision-making process. This project will apply principles of Aristotle's seminal work, Nicomachean Ethics, to topics of end-of-life decision-making such as artificial nutrition, code status changes, and brain death.
How has Modern U.S. Religion Evolved?
Understanding recent trends in U.S. religion is critical to providing culturally-tailored services in both healthcare and other nonprofit fields. This project will analyze both publicly available data and key texts to describe recent trends in religious affiliation and identity.
Immune Cells During Pregnancy
This project will review the changes in immune cell populations and cell signaling that occur during pregnancy. Pregnancy requires a delicate balance between turning down parts of the maternal immune system to allow fetal development while also ramping up other parts to protect mother and baby from infection and disease during pregnancy. This project will explore the immunologic pathways and how imbalances have been linked to negative health outcomes.
Community Perceptions of Health Care Access
This project focuses on using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis to assess difficulties accessing health care in different geographic locations. Various factors influence a patient's ability to access health care services, including but not limited to, the ability to pay for care, perceived urgency for care, previous interactions with health care workers, and/or availability of health facilities. Qualitative and quantitative data can be used to identify the motivations behind patients' care-seeking behavior and highlight which populations may be most vulnerable to gaps in health care.
Healthcare, Public Health, Creative Writing, Social Science