Science Fair Project Research Paper Ideas High School

  • Virginia Kearney 13 days agofrom United States

    Hi Selena. For a science journal, you need to record the date, the information you get from a source and the bibliographical information. Generally, I suggest that students write a short summary of the information they get from a source and then their response to that information, which can include what they learned, what questions the information made you think about, and what you thought was useful or important.

  • Selena Leong 2 weeks ago

    This real helped me I was looking for topics for my research paper for days. Great thanks alot.

    Any advice on how to write a science journal ?

  • Virginia Kearney 2 weeks agofrom United States

    Hi Gloria, there are some life science samples in the topics above. Here are a couple more:

    How is DNA analysis of ancient bones changing our concept of the evolutionary tree?

    How is Biopharma changing healthcare?

  • Yolo 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much

  • Gloria T. Jauod. 2 weeks ago

    I haven't tried doing science research but I want to try. I am interested on life science. Could you give me some samples?

  • Donald Trump 2 weeks ago

    Good topics

  • JEROME 3 weeks ago

    LOVE SCIENCE

  • Nkateko 5 weeks ago

    Thanks for your idears they are so helpful

  • Virginia Kearney 7 weeks agofrom United States

    That's a good idea explorer.

  • explorer1234 7 weeks ago

    More topics related to space science would be great!

  • Valerie Chan 7 weeks ago

    Interesting research on a great app for me to get a great time to share.

  • Angelyn 7 weeks ago

    I love all the topics. All of it are interesting. Well, i need something for my research that the output will be tangible or can be use by others. Thanks for the help.

  • Alice 2 months ago

    can you do a topic on drugs cigarettes and smoking?

  • Jerome Allen 2 months ago

    This is a very great website

  • Virginia Kearney 2 months agofrom United States

    Hi Bella--You need to look at my science fair article about growing flowers.

  • bella 2 months ago

    hi love the articles but Im doing a lab that the title is: will a flower grow faster and more efficiently in cold or hot water but I don't know that purpose is? or the hypothesis.

  • katie eldeen 2 months ago

    ok thankyou so much you have been very helpful I think I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Katie--I'd start with an example of when the physics of motion is helpful, or used, or happens in daily life. To decide which sort of motion to research, I'd go to some physics websites (or even Wikipedia) and look up the different kinds and see which one you find most interesting, or which one you think you could find the most information about. Sometimes, I suggest that before choosing a topic that students do some preliminary research, looking for information. If you can't find anything useful in 30 minutes or so, you should probably choose another topic.

  • katie eldeen 3 months ago

    hi Virginia, I love your articles. I'm doing a 10-15 page research paper on physics of motion. this is a huge topic and I really need a good attention grabber. I have no idea what section of motion I'm going to be discussing, I also need some advice there. if you could help I would really appreciate it

  • lilibethlopez0123@gmail.com 3 months ago

    I need this for my science and research class. I could see it's of great help.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Mega Sai, It would be a good idea for you to look at my other articles about how to write research papers and argument papers.

  • Mega Sai 3 months ago

    hi ,i am so much intrested in doing research on an intresting topic thatsy i have selected the topic related to nano materials.can any one give an idea how to approach in the topic related to nanomaterials

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Katie--You might want to look at my article on Technology topics because that has information about physical science topics. If you are working on Creationism, you might want to see my article about "Can Christians believe in Evolution?

  • katie eldeen 3 months ago

    I need a cool topic about physical science, can you help?

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Good point, Jenna--I'll add a Chemistry section.

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Good point Jenna--I'll add a Chemistry section.

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Yes, Eli--astronomy is the study of the universe and that is part of science.

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Marley, you have a good idea about endangered animals. Here are some samples: How do we best save endangered animals? Or you can pick a specific one to talk about. How do we balance the interests of people and animals on our planet? Does buying up land and setting it aside as a nature refuge work to save endangered animals? Does Ecotourism help save endangered animals?

  • Marley 5 months ago

    Maybe topics about endangered animals? Those are very interesting to me and other people.

  • Dameon 5 months ago

    infectious diseases like the flesh eating disease is interesting to read about.

  • lauren 5 months ago

    really interested in molecular biology and genome mapping

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Sure Samantha, although I don't know what information is available on that topic. You can search for "dog communication" in Google Scholar to get some idea of any studies that have already been done.

  • Samantha 5 months ago

    we are doing a project for science and i want to do a project on how dogs communicate, would that be related to science?

  • lol 5 months ago

    lol lol lol lol

  • mahnoor 5 months ago

    please add some plant related topics

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Interested in animals

  • maria 6 months ago

    interested in moleculer biology and medicine

  • Ahmed 6 months ago

    I am Interest in Data and communication network specially in performance analysis of VoIP over Wimax networks

  • Tshivhinda Murunwa 6 months ago

    Thank you so much

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Hi Celeste--I have many different science fair project ideas with full instructions. Look at my profile for ideas.

  • Riley Bozarth 6 months ago

    Plenty of cool topics in the Astronomy and Physics category

  • Celeste 6 months ago

    I am at school and I wanna ask. What would be a good project for science research class? Were having difficulty picking a project for our 'science fair'. It isn't really a science fair though more like a presentation. What good ideas can I use with like space stuff?

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    EunJae, you might want to look at my science experiment about the salinity of water in agriculture.

  • EunJae 6 months ago

    How about in agricultural aspects? Are there any common problems that arising nowadays? I really need help. Thank you.

  • kabiru 6 months ago

    it was interesting

  • Yusuf kurt 6 months ago

    I'm really interested in theoretical physics

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Lily, I have a lot of different science fair projects I have designed. The one that seems to suit your idea best is "How does salt water affect seed germination." It is on owlcation, and you can find it by searching my profile page or googling it, or this link: https://owlcation.com/stem/Science-Project-How-Doe...

  • Lily 7 months ago

    Hi Virginia. I have a science fair coming up and I need help for a topic. So I've already put down environmental management as my topic and "destruction" as my heading because I was going to conduct an experiment on something else. But now that won't work and I'm planning on doing a research project. So do you have any ideas of what I could say that has anything to do with the destruction of the earth? It would help if you would reply ASAP. Thanks xxx

  • alamira.alwiraikat@gmail.com 7 months ago

    Thank you for this information and I am learning from you

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Annie, you might try one of the following: Do multi media science presentations work more effectively to help students retain information? Which type of multi media teaching method is most effective for science students?

  • Annie Blase 7 months ago

    hi! ..I would like to have a research on teaching science through multimedia,, any suggestions what would be a good topic? Thank you..

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Jessica--Good topic idea! Something like: What is the value of space exploration of other planets for humans?

  • Jessica Jones 8 months ago

    I think something on how looking at other planets in the universe helps us learn more about our own would be a good topic

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Hi Suzie! You've come to the right place. I have over 100 articles on writing and other articles on doing science projects. You can see my articles under my profile or just search for a topic. You can also see other articles written by me linked on the side.

  • Suzie Sheep 8 months ago

    Hello Mrs. I would like some more tips for my students in my class. They all need a project on something. Cheers.

  • Mini 8 months ago

    Thank you so much ma'am

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Hi Mini--I will add some microbiology topics. Thanks for the suggestion. Here are a couple of ideas taken from currently important research: What is the recent update on the Corynebacterium species and their clinical significance? What are the best ways for medical personnel to handle the growing problem of antibacterial resistance? Can older techniques like anti-microbial peptides be used effectively to treat bacteria?

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  • Key Info

    • As you do your research, follow your background research plan and take notes from your sources of information. These notes will help you write a better summary.

    • The purpose of your research paper is to give you the information to understand why your experiment turns out the way it does. The research paper should include:

      • The history of similar experiments or inventions
      • Definitions of all important words and concepts that describe your experiment
      • Answers to all your background research plan questions
      • Mathematical formulas, if any, that you will need to describe the results of your experiment

    • For every fact or picture in your research paper you should follow it with a citation telling the reader where you found the information. A citation is just the name of the author and the date of the publication placed in parentheses like this: (Author, date). This is called a reference citation when using APA format and parenthetical reference when using the MLA format. Its purpose is to document a source briefly, clearly, and accurately.

    • If you copy text from one of your sources, then place it in quotation marks in addition to following it with a citation. Be sure you understand and avoid plagiarism! Do not copy another person's work and call it your own. Always give credit where credit is due!

    • Most teachers want a research paper to have these sections, in order:

      • Title page (with the title of your project, your name, and the date)
      • Your report
      • Bibliography
      • Check with your teacher for additional requirements such as page numbers and a table of contents

    Overview

    Year after year, students find that the report called the research paper is the part of the science fair project where they learn the most. So, take it from those who preceded you, the research paper you are preparing to write is super valuable.

    What Is a Research Paper?

    The short answer is that the research paper is a report summarizing the answers to the research questions you generated in your background research plan. It's a review of the relevant publications (books, magazines, websites) discussing the topic you want to investigate.

    The long answer is that the research paper summarizes the theory behind your experiment. Science fair judges like to see that you understand why your experiment turns out the way it does. You do library and Internet research so that you can make a prediction of what will occur in your experiment, and then whether that prediction is right or wrong, you will have the knowledge to understand what caused the behavior you observed.

    From a practical perspective, the research paper also discusses the techniques and equipment that are appropriate for investigating your topic. Some methods and techniques are more reliable because they have been used many times. Can you use a procedure for your science fair project that is similar to an experiment that has been done before? If you can obtain this information, your project will be more successful. As they say, you don't want to reinvent the wheel!

    If these reasons sound to you like the reasons we gave for doing background research, you're right! The research paper is simply the "write-up" of that research.

    Special Information to Include in Your Research Paper

    Many science experiments can be explained using mathematics. As you write your research paper, you'll want to make sure that you include as much relevant math as you understand. If a simple equation describes aspects of your science fair project, include it.

    Writing the Research Paper

    Note Taking

    As you read the information in your bibliography, you'll want to take notes. Some teachers recommend taking notes on note cards. Each card contains the source at the top, with key points listed or quoted underneath. Others prefer typing notes directly into a word processor. No matter how you take notes, be sure to keep track of the sources for all your key facts.

    How to Organize Your Research Paper

    The best way to speed your writing is to do a little planning. Before starting to write, think about the best order to discuss the major sections of your report. Generally, you will want to begin with your science fair project question so that the reader will know the purpose of your paper. What should come next? Ask yourself what information the reader needs to learn first in order to understand the rest of the paper. A typical organization might look like this:

    • Your science fair project question or topic
    • Definitions of all important words, concepts, and equations that describe your experiment
    • The history of similar experiments
    • Answers to your background research questions

    When and How to Footnote or Reference Sources

    When you write your research paper you might want to copy words, pictures, diagrams, or ideas from one of your sources. It is OK to copy such information as long as you reference it with a citation. If the information is a phrase, sentence, or paragraph, then you should also put it in quotation marks. A citation and quotation marks tell the reader who actually wrote the information.

    For a science fair project, a reference citation (also known as author-date citation) is an accepted way to reference information you copy. Citation referencing is easy. Simply put the author's last name, the year of publication, and page number (if needed) in parentheses after the information you copy. Place the reference citation at the end of the sentence but before the final period.

    Make sure that the source for every citation item copied appears in your bibliography.

    Reference Citation Format

    Type of Citation Parenthetical Reference
    MLA Format (Author - page)
    Reference Citation
    APA Format (Author - date)*
    Work by a single author(Bloggs 37) (Bloggs, 2002)
    Direct quote of work by single author (Bloggs 37) (Bloggs, 2002, p. 37)
    Work by two authors (Bloggs and Smith 37) (Bloggs & Smith, 2002)
    Work by three to five authors
    (first time)
    (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, and Harlow 183-185) (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)
    Work by three to five authors
    (subsequent times)
    (Kernis et al., 1993)
    Work by six or more author (Harris et al. 99) (Harris et al., 2001)
    Two or more works by the same author in the same year (use lower-case letters to order the entries in bibliography) (Berndt, 1981a)
    (Berndt, 1981b)
    Two or more works by the same author (Berndt, Shortened First Book Title 221) then
    (Berndt, Shortened 2nd Book Title 68)
    Two or more works in the same parentheses (Berndt 221; Harlow 99) (Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)
    Authors with same last name (E. Johnson 99) (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)
    Work does not have an author, cite the source by its title (Book Title 44) or
    (Shortened Book Title 44)
    (Book Title, 2005) or
    ("Article Title", 2004)
    Work has unknown author and date ("Article Title", n.d.)
    * APA Note: If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by "p.").

    Examples of Reference Citations using APA Format

    Below are examples of how reference citations would look in your paper using the APA format.

    "If you copy a sentence from a book or magazine article by a single author, the reference will look like this. A comma separates the page number (or numbers) from the year" (Bloggs, 2002, p. 37).

    "If you copy a sentence from a book or magazine article by more than one author, the reference will look like this" (Bloggs & Smith, 2002, p. 37).

    "Sometimes the author will have two publications in your bibliography for just one year. In that case, the first publication would have an 'a' after the publication year, the second a 'b', and so on. The reference will look like this" (Nguyen, 2000b).

    "When the author is unknown, the text reference for such an entry may substitute the title, or a shortened version of the title for the author" (The Chicago Manual, 1993).

    "For reference citations, only direct quotes need page numbers" (Han, 1995).

    "Some sources will not have dates" (Blecker, n.d.).

    Credit Where Credit Is Due!

    When you work hard to write something, you don't want your friends to loaf and just copy it. Every author feels the same way.

    Plagiarism is when someone copies the words, pictures, diagrams, or ideas of someone else and presents them as his or her own. When you find information in a book, on the Internet, or from some other source, you MUST give the author of that information credit in a citation. If you copy a sentence or paragraph exactly, you should also use quotation marks around the text.

    The surprising thing to many students is how easy it is for parents, teachers, and science fair judges to detect and prove plagiarism. So, don't go there, and don't make us try to hunt you down!

    Research Paper Checklist

    What Makes a Good Research Paper?For a Good Research Paper, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question
    Have you defined all important terms?Yes / No
    Have you clearly answered all your research questions?Yes / No
    Does your background research enable you to make a prediction of what will occur in your experiment? Will you have the knowledge to understand what causes the behavior you observe?Yes / No
    Have you included all the relevant math that you understand?Yes / No
    Have you referenced all information copied from another source and put any phrases, sentences, or paragraphs you copied in quotation marks?Yes / No
    If you are doing an engineering or programming project, have you defined your target user and answered questions about user needs, products that meet similar needs, design criteria, and important design tradeoffs?Yes / No

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