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.

Best Behavior practices for students with moderate-severe disabilities

Within this project, the student will explore various behavior strategies that are commonly used with students with severe needs. Student will choose a student to focus on that displays a significant behavior. Student will then choose a behavior strategy to utilize to attempt to shape their undesired behavior within the classroom. Student will observe, predict, analyze and dissect the data collected to determine the effectiveness of their hypothesis.

Arts, Organizational Leadership

Renee
Renee

Business/ School Process Optimization Project

This project could apply to a local small business or a process within your school. The goal is optimize (make more efficient/ run better or smoother) a process that is important to a small business or organization within your school. The steps include: 1. Process Discovery: Meet with target client and interview them about the processes that they find especially difficult or take more time than they believe it should. 2. Select the Process: Receive buy-in from client group on which process should be the focus. 3. Benchmarking: Collect data on how the process is currently performing at client location. If feasible, also collect data on performance of other sites. 4. Develop Enhancements: Design enhancements to the process in coordination with stakeholders. 5. Optimization Analysis: Perform calculations on the expected increases in productivity. 6. Present Findings: Meet with stakeholders to present findings, enhancements, and analysis and receive buy-in for implementing changes.

Business, Organizational Leadership

CJ
CJ

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, Organizational Leadership, Social Science, History, Literature and Languages, Arts

Mimi
Mimi

Country Study through a Foreign Policy Lens

Is there a specific country that interests you? In this project, we will take an in-depth look at a country of your choosing. What role does your country plan in the international community? What is U.S. Foreign Policy towards that country? How does this policy impact the country and its relations? The goal of this project is to produce a paper or presentation that provides background on the country, an analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy, and impacts/recommendations for U.S. Foreign Policy.

Social Science, Organizational Leadership

James
James

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

Game Design - Follow the Fun!

This project involves multiple smaller assignments where the goal is to create a game prototype/design every 2-3 weeks. The focus will be on practicing game design concepts while working on rapid prototyping skills. This project is great for students who may get stuck waiting for the "perfect idea" - we will work on letting go of the pressure to get something "perfect" and focus on creating something fun!

Organizational Leadership

Beck
Beck

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.

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

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.

Public Health, Music, Organizational Leadership

Thomas
Thomas

Are Worker Ants Selfless? Exploring Altruism in Social Insects

What's in it for all the worker ants in a colony that are incapable of reproducing on their own? This project would explore altruism in ants or other social insects like bees and termites. You could dive deep into the inner workings of a colony, to discover what really goes on to maintain order and coordination.

Quantitative, Organizational Leadership

Tyler
Tyler

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

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, Organizational Leadership, Social Science, History, Literature and Languages, Arts

Mimi
Mimi

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.

Business, Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Build Your Own Business Using the Lean Start-up Method

Do you wish you could be on Shark Tank? Through this project, a student would learn how to develop their own business using the Lean Start-up Method. This includes learning how to do market research, developing a business plan, and creating a pitch deck. The ultimate goal is to get investment!

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

Simran
Simran

Make a Sims 4/Illustration-based Museum Exhibit!

Are you passionate about STEM and want other people to learn the same exciting things that made you fall in love with science? What if you designed a museum exhibit for a particular topic (like how our eyes see color, different layers of rock in the earth, etc.) using the online game "Sims 4" or by illustrating an exhibit hall. We would work together to outline the project timeline, learn how to research and find good resources, discover how to teach an audience through the power of storytelling, and give you the scientific communication skills you would need for future college projects.

Ethics, Organizational Leadership, Biotech

Emma
Emma

Public Health Announcement Poster

Learn about a public health matter (like food poisoning on cruise ships, over-population, global warming, etc.) and make a poster that can be distributed to your local state or town's public health department. We will work together to outline the project timeline, learn how to research and find good resources, discover how to teach an audience through the power of storytelling, and give you the scientific communication skills you would need for future college-level projects. These are highly desirable skills in STEM-related fields.

Ethics, Organizational Leadership, Biotech

Emma
Emma

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

High School Club

Are you interested in creating any kind of club at your school? Let's collaborate! Anything that you and your peers are interested in, let's make it happen!

Social Science, Organizational Leadership

Ronni
Ronni

Factors influencing youth perceptions of mental health care

A survey study asking individuals to rate their perceptions and attitudes towards mental illness and mental health care, examining what factors (ex., gender, race/ethnicity, SES, location, sexual orientation) are associated with more positive and negative perceptions around mental wellbeing.

Psychiatry, Psychology, Organizational Leadership

Benjamin
Benjamin

Research Project on Youth Vaping Epidemic

I researched data related to a Public Heath crisis of the youth vaping epidemic. This was a 25 page research project in which I received an A. I also had to make a ppt and present my findings to a group. I would love the opportunity to present my entire paper and project.

Psychology, Public Health, Ethics, Finance, Organizational Leadership

Candice
Candice

Real Effects of Environmental Disclosures

An important strain of accounting research examines whether accounting has "real effects". For example, researchers may investigate whether accounting regulations affect firms' investment decisions, employees' career decisions or consumers' purchasing decisions. Many accounting regulations require firms to disclose additional information about their operations in the financial statements. For this reason, accounting researchers are particularly interested in the real effects of disclosures. Recently, Google started disclosing the carbon dioxide emissions for flights in its search engine results, as well as whether those emissions are above or below average for a flight with that departure airport and destination. In this research project, I examine whether this environmental disclosure effects individual's flight choices.

Business, Quantitative, Organizational Leadership

Caroline
Caroline