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.

Become a Student Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is such a buzz word these days, but what does it really take to bring your product or service idea to market? Learn how to develop a business model, conduct customer discovery, develop a minimum viable product, and tap into local support systems for your business idea.

Nutrition

Ashton
Ashton

Nutrition in the United States

Despite being a resource rich country, many communities in the United States suffer from malnourishment. The way we approach food in the US has changed, continues to change, and differs among other countries. This project can go in multiple directions (how we educate people, produce, access, process, cook, etc. food) and can be presented in a variety of forms (research paper, video, podcast format, or an experiment where we collect our own data).

Biology, Nutrition

Kim
Kim

Health in my City

examine the health outcomes of people in the city and develop strategies, programs, or policy ideas on how to combat the negative health outcomes and promote positive outcomes.

Nutrition

Ricardo
Ricardo

Beginner to Advanced: Scientific literature review of Alzheimer's Disease

A scientific literature review is foundational to understanding of the current state of research in any given field. My professional work involves conducting literature searches for Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's disease and other CNS diseases. I am personally interested in longevity, life extension and/or healthy aging. The strategies I use can be employed for other scientific fields as well. A scientific literature review is part of the search for a current "gap in knowledge" ripe for exploration of innovative and novel ideas. Your scientific literature review could take the form of a blog article, a newsletter, a report, or a formal paper. The length and complexity will depend on your ability to read and digest scientific journal articles. Beginners will need to be guided on how to read and rapidly skim a scientific paper. What you will learn. How to: * structure and format a scientific literature review. * select criteria to narrow down your searches. * obtain keywords needed to conduct efficient and effective searches. * use specialized scientific databases, including, but not limited to: * PubMed * Google Scholar * Dimensions How to use a scientific reference manager.

Nutrition

Gregory
Gregory

COVID 19 Vaccine

In this project, you will work to create a presentation, infographic, pamphlet, or whatever you see best to explain the COVID vaccine. Many people are afraid of the vaccine, and you are tasked with helping public health officials communicate why it is important to get the vaccine.

Biology, Nutrition, Public Health

Emma
Emma

The effect of plant-based diets on athletic performance

Plant-based diets ("vegetarian" or "vegan") are growing in popularity and have been adopted by an increasing number of elite athletes. Plant-based diets often contain more fiber and carbohydrates, but potentially less protein than traditional omnivorous diets. How does this impact athletic performance (i.e. strength or endurance), and how does this compare to diets containing animal meat or other dietary patterns?

Biology, Nutrition, Neuroscience, Public Health, Social Science

Aubrey
Aubrey

Decreasing stigma around mental health in high school students

Perform a literature review on successful ways to increase dialogue in mental health in high school students. Use this to create either a website or a student group to implement these efforts.

Psychiatry, Nutrition

Amy
Amy

Milk consumption by the high school students

Milk consumption especially in females can be assessed and evaluated on HEI (Healthy eating index)

Nutrition

Shafya
Shafya

You Are What You Eat: A Podcast on the Intersection Of Diet and Skin Health

Many have heard the phrase "you are what you eat" at some point in their lives. However, much fewer know what that means, let alone how to approach implementing meals that promote skin health and dampen signs and symptoms of disease. This podcast applies the science of nutrition and dermatology to popular diets and food myths to provide a more digestible means of eating for better skin.

Biology, Nutrition

Austin
Austin

Original Research & Academic Journal Article Writing

Have an inkling you're interested in academic research? Let's talk about your idea, refine your research question, test it, and write about it! Get an intro to academic journal and grant writing.

Nutrition

Ashton
Ashton

Assessment of the nutritional status of infants at weaning age

This study will include height and weight of children in order to assess the relationship of their diet and anthropometric measurements.

Nutrition

Shafya
Shafya

Food and food systems

Exploring the process of how your food gets to your table and the different political and social factors that contribute to food insecurity.

Nutrition, Public Health, Arts, Social Science, Organizational Leadership

MONICA
MONICA

The Safety, Efficacy, or Societal Benefits of Medical or Surgical Interventions

In this project, the student can explore the benefits of a medical intervention (eg, hip replacement, heart valve replacement). For example, one may be interested in improvements in quality of life after a hip replacement, or how hip replacements help society at large (eg, by keeping people functional members of the community). This project is highly customizable to the interests of the mentee and can results in an evidence-based blog post, review paper, or infographic.

Nutrition, Public Health

Andrew
Andrew

Under the Dermatoscope: A Fact Check of Common Skin Care and Sun Protection Advice

This blog (or podcast) series explores commonly held beliefs regarding proper skin care and sun protection, applying a Mythbusters-like approach to discern facts from fiction in the world of dermatology. Using the power of evidence-based medicine, Under the Dermatoscope provides an up-to-date resource exposing dermatologic myths and verifying helpful truths about skin health.

Biology, Nutrition

Austin
Austin

Social Media and Mental Health Disorders

Social media is not going anywhere. We often discuss the mental health implications of the pervasiveness of social media, particularly for adolescents, but there is no definitive research as to the effects of time spent on specific social media outlets on specific symptoms. Surveying a moderate-sized group of young individuals as to their social media usage, and overlaying this data with a relevant, evidence-based questionnaire could help us understand specific adverse (or beneficial) effects that are associated with social media engagement.

Nutrition, Psychiatry, Public Health, Music

Chris
Chris

So You Wanna Start a Podcast?

Learn how to translate your passions into podcast. Explore how to develop a novel concept, communicate to a broad audience, execute, and publish!

Nutrition

Ashton
Ashton

Parent Evaluation of the UCLA TIES Infant Mental Health (IMH) program.

Develop an online parent survey as well as conduct qualitative interviews with referred foster/adoptive parents. The objective would be to obtain input from foster and adoptive parents participating in IMH to analyze the effectiveness of this program, perceptions of relationships with TIES, and if perceptions of relationships differed between families and UCLA TIES clinicians. The survey should include demographic and family history data that can be used to identify children that have been placed in care with higher risk factors (e.g., prior abusive history, number of placements, age of placement) who are statistically likely to experience emotional, social, and academic dysregulation in life. This evacuation is intended to be used to improve the quality of services received by adoptive/foster parents so that children placed in resource care are wholly supported.

Psychology, Social Science, Public Health, Cognitive, Organizational Leadership, Nutrition, Psychiatry, Music, Social, Neuroscience

Annalea
Annalea

Carbohydrate content of the diabetic patients diet and assessment of their nutritional status

This study will assess the awareness of diabetic patients regarding their diet. It will include carb counting and low glycemic index foods.

Nutrition

Shafya
Shafya

Awareness of people regarding zero waste kitchen

This study will assess the awareness of people about zero waste kitchen and then plan an educational tool to spread awareness.

Nutrition

Shafya
Shafya

Food Product Development!

Got an interesting idea for a new food product, snack or beverage? Learn all the fundamentals of what you need to know, from formulation and food safety to branding and marketing.

Nutrition

Ashton
Ashton