Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.
Academics is one important part of student success in college and student advantage when looking for a job after graduation. When you graduate, your college transcript plays an important role in getting the job of your choice and your desired salary. But many say GPA is not the only consideration, citing job experience and internships as also important.
GPA matters more than you think
A common misconception is that once you pass the grueling admissions process and finally get into a prominent or prestigious college or university, you can have your pick of jobs after you graduate, no matter what your grades are. Don’t count on it. Many employers want to see your GPA on your résumé, and they use GPA to screen out low achievers.
History professor Gerda Lerner, one of the major forces behind the field of women’s history. (Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Women’s history is a relatively new academic branch, so finding the right resources when you’re pursuing good research paper topics in the field can be important. Whether you’re researching famous women in history, famous black women or women of color, or are focused on an aspect of more general topics such as women’s suffrage, you want to be sure that your resources are relevant. To help celebrate Women’s History Month (March), here are some tips for finding good research paper topics in women’s history, and following up those ideas with solid research.
The field of women’s history didn’t really begin as an academic discipline until the 1960s. At the forefront of the movement to not only represent women’s stories in history but to focus on the impact women have made—a topic previously ignored in most history classes—was Gerda Lerner.
A box office hit and winner of seven Academy Awards shows how heavily interested the public is with space. (Credit: Thomas Harbaugh)
Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone, with Gravity the movie garnering seven total statues, attention is once again focused on how accurately the film represents the dangers in space for NASA missions. The fact that the movie has made more than $270 million so far indicates that the public is very interested in space, but are they receiving inaccurate information? Astronauts and space experts have weighed in with research and explanations for what the movie gets right and where it veers into fantasy.
With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.
Being your own editor is often difficult. You know what your paper is supposed to say, and you tend to skim over your own writing without a critical eye. You need to make a clear thesis, include pertinent supporting information, write clearly and cut extraneous material. For a student advantage in writing term papers, here are some tips for college students for editing your paper into a professional scholarly article.
The basics of editing
As explained in “How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing),” by Dianne Bates in Practically Primary, October 2011, found on Questia.com, there are four major components of editing: adding words, deleting words, changing words and moving words.
Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Consider the new movie Pompeii as a source for good research paper topics. The sword-and-sandal spectacular is filled with gladiators, conquered Celts, horse whisperers, corrupt senators, forbidden love and an angry mountain god. You can consult some of the best history books or a scholarly article for information on Roman gladiators, religious festivals and politics. You could also research a science journal for facts about volcanic eruptions.
The movie Pompeii is like the blockbuster Titanic from 1997—we all know it ends, so the movie is about the journey of the ordinary people caught up in the danger and drama. The historian Pliney the Younger recorded the events of that fateful day of August 24, 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted spewing ash, toxic gases and the life-ending pyroclastic flow that destroyed the city-states of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Zircon crystal dated 4.4 billion years old. (Credit: John Valley)
It was hard to miss the news at the beginning of February 2014: Bill Nye faced off in a debate on creationism vs. evolution against Ken Ham, who founded the biblically literalist Creation Museum in Kentucky. But while no one seems to have been convinced from their previous opinions by either debater (and some scientists feel that Nye’s willingness to engage Ham lends unfortunate credence to Ham’s position), the pursuit of dating materials from Earth’s earliest days continues. Scientists published a study February 23, 2014, finding that the oldest dated zircon crystal, originally found in Western Australia, to be 4.4 billion years old. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in geology or cosmology, consider looking at Earth’s oldest fragment.
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An infant CPR class.
On Thursday, February 21, 2014 a Miami woman performed infant CPR on her 5-month-old nephew, saving his life. The medical emergency came about because the infant, Sebastian de la Cruz, was born premature and suffered from respiratory issues. Later, the boy’s aunt, Pamela Rauseo, explained that although it had been years since she learned CPR technique, she was able to recall the skill. Would you be able to recognize an emergency and respond with aid? Here are a few facts to know about CPR that might help you in selecting a good research paper topic in health and medicine.
Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)
Penn & Teller, the famous magicians, may not be the first names that spring to mind when you think of an art documentary. But their film, Tim’s Vermeer, provides an interesting look into the connection between art and technology as viewed through the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. For your next art or film research paper topic, it’s worth it to watch the film and provide your own synopsis on the documentary.
A synopsis of Tim’s Vermeer
The Tim in Tim’s Vermeer is Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and software developer, who became focused on how artists, particularly 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer, created an interpretation of reality when they painted.
A thriving and rewarding career would include occupations in the health field. (Credit: flirtcr)
The future looks bright for students who are majoring in the medical or health fields. When looking at topics for research papers for your courses you can explore everything from kid’s health to nutrition, cancer treatment and many more. Keep in mind that the population is aging. What this means is that you can take any topic and cover it from the point of view of treating the elderly. If you’re more interested in research that concerns children, then take any topic and slant it that direction. Here are a few topic ideas and resources to get you started.
Health research topics
A great place to start your research process is at Questia where you can read full text books and articles that are excellent sources for your paper.
Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)
Here are some tips for college students looking for good research paper topics for a philosophy major. You can use effective search terms and keywords to search the Internet for primary and secondary sources such as a scholarly article, a university’s philosophy department website, philosophy databases or online books.
Approaching a philosophy paper
According to Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy: “Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines.” It encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Because it is not science, it doesn’t rely on provable facts or research.
For your research paper, you will need to have an opinion on an issue and argue your case in a clear and logical manner.
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