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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Organizational Leadership

Management Consulting 101

Interested in consulting? The best way to learn is to just get started. We'll work together to find a real business that can use your support, and go from there. You'll gain firsthand experience scoping a project, managing client communications, and leveraging qualitative and quantitative data to execute on a project. We'll close with making sure your resume and LinkedIn showcase your experience.

Philanthropy, Business, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Mental Health Research

Interested in anything related to mental health? From how to sleep better, how to handle your stress, how to be more productive. Want to involve your friends and family? Let's work together!

Social Science, Organizational Leadership

Ronni
Ronni

Start-Ups 101

Learn everything you need to launch, refine, or expand your start-up. Haven't started yet? We'll begin with ideation, market research, go-to-market strategy and more, taking your idea from an initial concept to a robust, actionable business plan. Already have something built? We'll evaluate where you are, determine what is needed next, and take things from there. You'll learn not just how to move forward (or not!) with your current business idea, but a strategic way to evaluate potential businesses, programs, or products in the future.

Philanthropy, Business, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Patient Reported Motivations for Elective Cosmetic Surgery

The desire to undergo elective cosmetic surgeries is rising exponentially. Botox, fillers, sculpting, and augmentation have attracted mass media attention, dominating the entertainment landscape. Underlying the desire for these procedures are a breadth of motives: gaining an advantage at work, increasing confidence, and feeling more like one's authentic self. Elective cosmetic surgeries are a new, lucrative source of revenue for health centers, but they pose an enormous cost to patients. In this project, you will contribute to important literature which uncovers why people are willing to spend so much money on enhancing their bodies.

Public Health, Finance, Organizational Leadership, Medicine

Michael
Michael

Exploring Local Agricultural Systems

Let's research how food gets to your plate and the impact of global and local agricultural systems. This research slide deck will allow you to communicate food systems impacts to an audience of peers. To build this presentation, you'll explore research papers but also interview local food systems advocates in local government and from farms in your area. This is a great way to learn about something we encounter multiple times a day (food!) that has deep global impacts that are often not obvious. This is a great project for anyone interested in food, the environment, or policy.

Business, Organizational Leadership

Kyle
Kyle

A Research Paper Related to Higher Education

In this project, you will write a research paper on a topic of your choice within higher education. Topics could range anywhere around college access, success, persistence, and affordability, such as “mentorship programs for first-generation college students” to “the history of the Federal Pell Grant program.” You will gain skills in writing and editing, as well as in-depth knowledge of your chosen research topic. This process will teach you how to find, access, and critically analyze existing literature and how to assemble a research paper.

Organizational Leadership

Nida
Nida

Designing a Hydroponics System

In this project, you will research and choose the type of hydroponics system (aquaponics, aeroponics, traditional, etc) that is the best fit for the environment and circumstances of your choosing. You will determine the constraints and calculate flow rates, timing, nutrition, and discover the best types of plants to grow that will give you a certain yield. With your calculations you can design the system in a 3D modelling platform like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or NX (and maybe even build it for your home!). Create a system that can provide food for communities year-round!

Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Math, Organizational Leadership

Lexi
Lexi

The Psychological Effects of Opioid Use

Through this project, a student can research the psychological effects of opioid use through major psychology and medical journals. The student will write a research paper that could potentially be published.

Psychiatry, Social, Psychology, Philanthropy, Business, Organizational Leadership

Simran
Simran

Personalized Music Therapy

Our favorite streaming services use wealths of data to predict, suggest, and present music to us that we may be interested in. Even if these services know the music we use for our 'self-care' playlists, would a behavioral health specialist agree with what we listen to? This project would require establishing the impact music can have on mental health, and how a technology could be designed to support this impact while maintaining clinical expectations of good health and privacy.

Music, Public Health, Organizational Leadership

Thomas
Thomas

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..

Sports Analytics, Business, Organizational Leadership

Coty
Coty

Make an Idea into a Business

There are a lot of ideas out there, but how do we come up with a great one that can become a business? Discuss how to...vet ideas, flesh out ideas, research the market, create a business model, develop a go-to-market strategy, and pitch to investors. This could be delivered as a podcast, powerpoint, or video on how to navigate this entrepreneurial process or even working on one of your own ideas!

Business, Organizational Leadership

Geraldine
Geraldine

Music evolution through the decades: Analyzing the history of your favorite music genre

Students could pick their favorite genre of music, for example Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rap, RnB, etc., and learn about the history of this genre, including key artists who influenced the genre, cities where the genre was developed, and different styles and phases the genre went through. Students could analyze different societal factors, like political climate, racial tension and community structures, that impacted music production during each time period. The student would have the opportunity to pick the genre, decide what elements of the genre to focus on analyzing, and put their research together in a unique artistic representation (website, blog, social media account, collage).

Psychology, Arts, History, Literature, Social Science, Organizational Leadership

Mimi
Mimi

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.

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

Annalea
Annalea

Develop Your Startup Blueprint in Ten Sessions

Develop Your Startup Blueprint in Ten Sessions Want to start your own business? Whether you have a unique business idea or you're driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, I will help you every step of the way. I have a wealth of experience in startups and valuable insights into the entrepreneurial process. My goal as a mentor is to assist you in refining your startup idea and guiding it to success through ten informative sessions. Together, we will simplify the concept of startups, generate business ideas, identify your target audience, and create an outstanding business plan. Additionally, we will explore marketing, finances, team building, product development, and scaling strategies. By the end of these sessions, you'll feel confident and well-prepared to navigate your entrepreneurial journey. Get excited ;)

Business, Organizational Leadership

Ada
Ada

Compost Design

Research the different methods in composting food waste and create the fasted and easiest method that is appealing to homeowners and schools. Build a compost bin in a 3D modelling platform, then in your home/school, and finally test your ideas.

Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Math, Organizational Leadership

Lexi
Lexi

Explore your family's global history: Family ancestry & migration project

Students would have the opportunity to research their own family's history, using public historical databases, and create an artistic representation of their lineage (collage, Prezi, graphic design, etc.). Students could focus on learning more about each country and city where their family lived, including art, culture and traditions. They also could focus on interviewing family members and recording stories and tales that have been passed through their family for generations. This project is very flexible and would be adapted to each student, depending on their family's history and their level of connection to family knowledge.

Psychology, Arts, History, Literature, Social Science, Organizational Leadership

Mimi
Mimi

Market Research

When entering into a new business industry (to launch a new product or to buy a company), it's important to conduct market research to gather information about the existing landscape, market size, growth potential, trends, and target customers. Choose an industry that you are interested in. From there, we can explore ways to develop a framework for market research, tools to conduct the research, and how to analyze the findings. Final product can be in a form of a powerpoint. This can be taken a step further by researching real-life companies that could benefit from entering this industry.

Business, Organizational Leadership

Geraldine
Geraldine

What's unique about your neighborhood? Creating a neighborhood based art history project

Students would create a project based on their neighborhood, and the history, communities and cultures that exist there. This project would involve researching the demographics of their community, and potentially reaching out to different community organizations to find out more about them and their cultures. It also would involve researching the history of their neighborhood, from what indigenous people occupied the land to more recent social and political history. Then, students would create an art history project, that could be featured as a public event/ exhibit / public mural in their neighborhood. This project would be adapted to every student's geographical location, neighborhood and community and is open to creative interpretation.

Psychology, Arts, History, Literature, Social Science, Organizational Leadership

Mimi
Mimi

Product Management 101

Gain real-world experience at product management. Whether you're more interested in traditional product management, UX design, UX research, or product analytics, we'll create a custom experience that lets you learn.

Philanthropy, Business, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Launch a volunteer program

We will explore the unique skills and resources that you bring the table, what needs you see in your local community, and what resources you might be able to leverage. From there we will work together on everything from ideation to market research to go-to-market strategy, taking your idea from an initial concept to a robust, actionable plan. Volunteer programs are unique in that they are more successful the more people you're able to involve - along the way, you'll learn and practice key skills around growing and leveraging an engaged network.

Philanthropy, Business, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica