Choosing a course:
- Which classes do you feel most passionate or most curious about?
- Which content will you most need to learn in depth?
- Could a project in a particular area of study be advantageous when listed on a resume or four year college application?
- Would increased knowledge of a subject be advantageous during a job interview?
Choosing a topic:
What about the class interests you most, and why?
What topics may not be covered in the syllabus, but are related to the class content (these will help to broaden your knowledge in the subject)?
What topics from the syllabus seem most interesting (these will help to take a current topic deeper than the rest of the class)?
Choosing a project format:
- Models: Create a three-dimensional model (including an annotated bibliography of sources and instructional indicators similar to those used in museums) of the cell wall of both a Gram-Positive and a Gram-Negative cell. Another example was a similar model for the Great Wall of China.
- Creative Writing: Rewrite the ending of a short story or novel studied in class to clarify an issue of characterization (or theme).
- Film or video: Research the most effective methods of communicating about Recovery programs and develop a Public Service Announcement communicating about Recovery to the college community.
- Instructional aids: Create aids for elementary education, occupational therapy, etc. Try them in a real life situation and report on their effectiveness.
- Performance: Write and produce a play based on the seven deadly sins found in Medieval literature.
- Presentations: Research and present to the class on Spherical Triangles and Their Applications.
- Research paper: Research The Differences and Variety in Classical Spanish Guitar Composure and Technique, or A Comparison Analysis of Medieval and Renaissance Robin Hood Tales, or How Perfect Pitch is developed, or really any appropriate topic.
- Scientific experiment: Extraction of Biologically Active Compounds from Plantago Major
- Service to the college: Create a plant guide for the college’s walking trail. Develop a database of scholarship resources available to those in recovery.
- Webpage/ brochure/ portfolio: Create a map of Sylva housing options, including information on available funding courses and income requirements. Create Facebook pages for three American literature authors and have them interact in ways appropriate to their characters.
Planning Your Research:
- Scholarly articles, books, and statistical data for expert evidence
- Newspapers, magazines, and websites for public opinions
- Informational interview with experts in the field
- Research interviews with students or community members (Be sure to consult the IRB (Institutional Research Board) page for further information)