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.

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

The Impact of Political Party on Charitable Giving

Analyzing data trends in charitable giving in order to assess how political party impacts individual donations.

Business, Philanthropy

Rebecca
Rebecca

Food Industry Case Study

Review the fast-food and/or health and wellness industries and conduct a SWOT analysis on the future of sustainable food, on a national and/or global scale.

Philanthropy

Charlotte
Charlotte

Navigating the Social Impact World

Focused on students who want to understand how an idea may translate into an actual product, and the intermediary steps that lead to this outcome. I will help them brainstorm a Theory of Change, think of impact metrics, and help them design a social venture. By the end of the project, students will be able to: (i) come up with a business concept from a social impact perspective; or (ii) create their social impact venture.

Philanthropy

Luciana
Luciana

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.

Business, Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Write and pitch an op-ed

Learn how to research, structure, write, edit, and successfully pitch an op-ed or other piece of persuasive writing.

Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Matt
Matt

Improving Efficiency in Manufacturing by Minimizing Waste

Waste is detrimental to any process and ubiquitous in manufacturing. Lean principles like eliminating wasted movement, 5S (sort, straighten shine, standardize, and sustain), value stream mapping, and work-cell design can reduce waste. Each of these principles can also be applied to every day tasks such as cooking a meal in your kitchen. Statistical tools help to determine if changes to processes have been successful. Six Sigma provides a standard set of statistical analysis that can measure if a significant change has been made. Once again, these tools are not limited to manufacturing but could be applied in a variety of projects.

Business, Statistics, Philanthropy

Chris
Chris

Launching a Small Business

Channel your passion into profit! Learn what it takes to start a business and how to seek investor funding to help it grow.

Philanthropy

Charlotte
Charlotte

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

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

Zoie
Zoie

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

Develop an advocacy plan for a policy issue

Learn how to develop an advocacy plan that targets a specific audience to increase their support for and/or adoption of a particular policy issue.

Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Matt
Matt

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.

Business, Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Researching the Application of the 4th Amendment in the Criminal Justice System

This project can focus on investigating how the 4th Amendment is applied in different circuit courts. The student would conduct legal research and draft a paper with findings on the issue. The paper could potentially be published in a research journal.

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

Simran
Simran

High School Students and Political Media

This project would address the question, "how are high school students influenced by the politically-focused media they consume?" The student could conduct interviews or focus groups with peers to understand how political news impacts their views on topics in the news, wellbeing, and more. The student could also draw on existing literature to understand the impacts political news has on young people.

Business, Philanthropy

Sonia
Sonia

Mental Health Career (or Startup)

Brainstorm potential careers in the mental health space or help with the early stages of a mental health startup, both in the for profit and in the nonprofit world. By the end of the project, students will be able to (i) make a career choice and understand the potential avenues to work with mental health; or (ii) start their own venture in mental health.

Philanthropy

Luciana
Luciana

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.

Business, Philanthropy, Organizational Leadership

Jessica
Jessica

Studying Organization Design

Learn about how to design a company that best fits the needs of the business.

Philanthropy

Charlotte
Charlotte