Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. Read more

Research topic: The school of the future

During the second week of September, PBS Nova took a look at education in the age of information with The School of the Future. The program examines why U.S. test scores rank lower than many other countries despite the widespread use of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

It also asks how the latest educational research can help us fix education in America and which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds. This two-hour documentary will take viewers from the laboratory to the classroom to see what is helping to make a difference. Read more

Research paper topics on experiment replication in science

The scientific method has been around for more than 400 years as a means of testing and verifying hypotheses. Scientific study is about testing and retesting to ensure that the results are right. Recent looks at experiment replication in science have shown that many studies aren’t standing up to retesting.

Learn more about experiment replication for your research paper. (Credit: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP/Getty Images)

Learn more about experiment replication for your research paper. (Credit: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP/Getty Images)

Research paper topics could examine this phenomenon and why it is troubling to so many in various scientific fields, or the history and importance of the scientific method. Read more

Hackers and the U.S. election: Cyber terrorism research paper topics

Controversy surrounding the upcoming U.S. election is nothing new, even with it still being months away. However the latest news isn’t about the candidates but about hackers and cyber terrorism.

Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

What are some of the research paper topics in the political science and computer science worlds to explore on this area? Read more

Economics research topics on climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign

Interesting research paper topics on the economy are to discuss economic development on the national and regional level. Current events economics, influenced by climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign, for example, can all affect national and regional economics.

Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Here are some term paper topics you might want to explore. Read more

The fight against Dakota Access Pipeline as your research topic

Members of the Sioux Nation are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is proposed to be built within a mile of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River, the water supply for the Native Americans that live on the reservation.

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This is not the first time controversy has erupted over a pipeline in the Dakotas. One research topic could look at past pipeline disasters in the U.S. or abroad. Read more

Education research paper topics on testing and assessment

There are many forms of assessment used in education to measure the skills of students. For testing to be useful it must meet standards of reliability and validity, two concepts that ensure avoidance of bias or distortion. Used correctly, testing can raise standards, increase accountability, and shape curriculum development and teaching for the better.

Learn more about testing and assessment for your research paper. (Credit: Faculty Focus)

Learn more about testing and assessment for your research paper. (Credit: Faculty Focus)

But there is also disagreement and even criticism about why assessments are given and how the data gathered will be used. How assessment methods are applied and the criticism of those methods are just two approaches to education research paper topics. Read more

Finding Dory provides bioethics and mental health research paper topics

On its opening weekend (June 17—19), the Disney Pixar film Finding Dory had the biggest release for an animated film in history, beating out the previous record holder Shrek the Third and doubling the take of Finding Nemo, the movie it follows.

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

But aside from being a box office smash that Hollywood needed in 2016 (CNN Money reporter Frank Pallotta noted in “’Finding Dory’ reels in biggest animated opening ever,” posted June 19, 2016, that the film is a “bright spot” in a box office that has been “struggling as of late”), Finding Dory tackles several controversial topics that would make interesting research papers. Read more

The effects of climate change on endangered species as your research topic

Many discussions have centered on how climate change affects people, but the impact on the animal world is also great. One animal casualty appears to be the small mammal species Bramble Cay melomys, found in Australia. The extinction of animals and the increase in endangered species are connected to human causes, dating back to the dodo.

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Research paper topics to explore around this idea include looking back at extinctions in the past and showing the way humans have played a role in destroying animal life. Read more