Amelia Earhart as a Castaway: Research Paper Topics

Long after her plane crashed in 1937, Amelia Earhart continues to make the news. An aviation pioneer, as well as one of the best known women in aviation history, Earhart’s disappearance has continued to be of interest to researchers, and her legacy is celebrated by artists such as Rihanna in a 2017 photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar.

Learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart. (Credit: Wikimedia)

Learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart. (Credit: Wikimedia)

If you are looking for research paper topics in women’s studies or American history, consider looking into 2016 evidence that Earhart spent her last days as a castaway, or discuss her life and role in aviation history. Read more

Beware the Ides of March? Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and Superstition Research Topics

“Beware the Ides of March!” The term, which refers to March 15 of the year 44 B.C., when Julius Caesar was betrayed and murdered, was penned by William Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. But while many know the line and its significance for Caesar, some have developed a superstition about the date. Is March 15 actually an unlucky day for anyone besides Caesar? Was it regarded that way by the Romans? And why was it significant for Shakespeare’s audience members?

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Consider looking into the history behind that famous line, Julius Caesar’s death, or modern references to the Ides of March as potential research paper topics for your Shakespeare or ancient history class. Read more

‘Moonlight’ and Research Paper Topics in Ethnic Groups

Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film, Moonlight, dramatically illustrates the reality of being a Black male in white America. This is the second film from director Barry Jenkins and his first in eight years. So far, the film has garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

McCraney drew heavily from his own life and traumatic childhood when creating his characters. Students, especially those focusing on culture and ethnic studies will find the film touching and informative. Read more

Research Paper Topics: Arrival’s Science Spin on First Contact

In the 2016 film Arrival, Amy Adams acts as a linguistics professor who is summoned by the government to translate an alien language (and find out if the aliens are planning to destroy the world), and tackles more cerebral aspects of actually doing science before taking a shortcut in the final act.

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

This philosophical look at the first contact movie trope in a film that has garnered several nominations in the Academy Awards, could provide a number of research paper topics on language, science, or film depictions of science. Read more

Educational Standards and Controversy With Common Core

Educational standards in the United States, especially the often controversial Common Core State Standards, provides many interesting research paper topics.

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Here are some ideas for Common Core standards, importance of standards, GED equivalency, and the politics of educational standards. Read more

Theories of Personality Research Paper Topics

In his new film, Split, starring James McAvoy, director M. Night Shyamalan centers his story around a man who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). While many may find fault with the portrayal of this disorder in such murderous terms, the film may inspire you to learn more about theories of personality.

Learn more about theories of personality for your research paper. (Credit: Randall Fletcher)

Learn more about theories of personality for your research paper. (Credit: Randall Fletcher)

Once known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or “split personality,” medical science now recognizes this disorder as one that causes fragmenting rather than proliferation of separate personalities. Read more

Research Paper Topics: U.S. Presidential Cabinet

Since the beginning of 2016, there has been much discussion of the new presidential cabinet members selected by President Trump. Unlike elected representatives, the cabinet members are appointed directly by the U.S. president. But who makes up the Presidential cabinet, and what are the executive departments that they head?

Departments under the U.S. presidential cabinet. (Credit: Externs On The Hill)

Departments under the U.S. presidential cabinet. (Credit: Externs On The Hill)

Who among the cabinet members is a part of the presidential line of succession? Exploring the presidential cabinet and their responsibilities, as well as the type of power and responsibility they have had over the years, and how their roles have changed, could all be interesting research paper topics for an American history or political science paper. Read more

Research Paper Topics on a Mission to Mars

The race is on to see if humans will mount a successful mission to Mars by 2030. U.S. astronauts are preparing, as are private companies and space programs in other countries. Would seeing humans on Mars reinvigorate space exploration?

Find out more on the mission to Mars for your research paper. (Credit: Bimber)

Find out more on the mission to Mars for your research paper. (Credit: Bimber)

Can people survive the physical and psychological rigors of the trip? Could the travelers to Mars be able to return to Earth? These are just some of the areas that could be addressed in a research paper. Read more

Research Paper Topics: The U.S. Constitution

Although it was written in 1787, the U. S. Constitution has not remained a static document. Over the years, there have been a number of constitutional amendments, including those in the Bill of Rights, which were released almost in tandem with the original document itself.

See what topics you can write on the U.S. Constitution. (Credit: iPlan)

See what topics you can write on the U.S. Constitution. (Credit: iPlan)

If you are looking for research paper topics in U. S. Constitutional history, consider taking a look at the original document itself, the Bill of Rights and any of the subsequent amendments, or the way that the U. S. Constitution is ruled on by the Supreme Court. Read more

Why Oscar-Hopeful Bilal Movie Could Launch a Research Paper

The animated film Bilal is being “viewed by many to be the birth of global film making in the Middle East,” according to a contributor to the Saudi Gazette in “Saudi animated movie ‘Bilal’ to be screened at Cannes.” Though a film for children, the Bilal movie, produced by UAE and Saudi Arabian company Barajoun Entertainment and an Oscar hopeful in the animated category, presents a tale familiar to viewers in the Middle East or who practice Islam, but not as familiar to Westerners.

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Mohammed, the Bilal movie focuses on diversity and the inclusive side of Islam. Read more