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Research paper topics: How do political conventions work?

It is official. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will serve as the presidential candidates of their respective political parties. The announcements at the Democratic and Republican conventions came as no surprise since the two were the popular candidates in the polls. But prior to the conventions, there was discussion of a possible contested convention or brokered convention.

Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

If you’re looking for interesting research paper topics, consider looking at how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) or Republican National Convention work, or addressing what the conventions do to make a candidacy official. Read more

Alternative medicine research paper topics

Alternative medicine offers many interesting research paper topics. Alternative therapies, homeopathic remedies and complementary medicine have become more widely accepted and are used by all racial and ethnic groups who use herbal medicine and natural remedies.

Learn more about the types of alternative medicine treatments here. (Credit: Affinity Acupuncture)

Learn more about the types of alternative medicine treatments here. (Credit: Affinity Acupuncture)

Learn more about each ethnic groups’ therapies, as well as the proliference and evolution of alternative therapies here. Read more

Research paper topic: Multinational forces fighting Boko Haram

On May 15, 2016, the government of Cameroon announced that multinational forces fighting Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic group that has threatened Nigerian peace for nearly seven years, arrested five leaders of the insurgency. The multinational forces were also able to free a number of captive women and children. While progress is being made against this terrorist organization, the Boko Haram has already done a great deal of damage, killing over 20,000 people.

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

A soldier at the scene of a suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in Abuja in 2014. (Credit: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

If you are looking for research paper topics in international studies or African studies, consider researching the history of the Boko Haram, the multinational forces approved by the UN Security Council, or other terrorist groups threatening nations in modern Africa. Read more

Research paper topics: Captain America Civil War and the United Nations

Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, posits the notion that the Avengers need to be held accountable for their actions. The solution? Form a United Nations taskforce to oversee the group, assign them to missions, and answer for the problems they cause.

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Captain America, who has been burned by international oversight before (Marvel’s World Security Council was infiltrated by a fanatic spin-off of the World War II Nazi party in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) argues that accepting oversight from the United Nations would mean the Avengers had less ability to make their own decisions about where and when to intervene. Read more

Research paper topics: Life expectancy affected by income inequality and regional location

Using more than a billion Social Security and tax records, Stanford professor of economics Raj Chetty and his team supported a previously discovered correlation: the wealthy live longer than the poor. But they also found another startling factor they can’t yet explain: regional location has an impact on life expectancy as well.

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

While Chetty offered the possibility that life expectancy is higher in more prosperous communities, where regional government regulates health behaviors, such as smoking bans, more research will be needed to isolate the causes. If you are looking for research paper topics in economics or health studies, consider taking a look at this latest study and other ideas related to income inequality. Read more

Developmental and learning disabilities research paper topics

If you are pursuing an undergraduate degree in medicine, psychology, or education, you are likely to encounter courses centering on developmental and learning disabilities. While you are looking for research paper topics discussing developmental disorders and learning disabilities, consider looking into current news articles for ideas.

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

Autism frequently appears in news articles, especially around World Autism Day, which occurs on April 2. Other topics, such as Down syndrome, appeared in articles surrounding the March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Read more

Research paper topics in bioethics: Monarch butterfly extinction and Japanese whaling

Two very different topics in bioethics have been trending in the news lately: the Japanese whaling industry, which during a recent hunt for “research purposes” slaughtered 333 Minke whales, many of them pregnant; and the possible extinction of the Monarch butterfly over the next 20 years.

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your bioethics class, consider looking into recent news articles on these two issues. Read more

Trending research paper topics for astronomy class

March 2016 has been a good month for astronomy topics in the news. There have been monster stars seen through the Hubble Space Telescope, data released from pictures taken through the Karl J. Lansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealing the earliest stages in planet formation, and two comets passing remarkably close to earth being studied by the scientists at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

The VLA array makes for a good astronomy topic. (Credit: Karl G. Jansky)

The VLA array makes for a good astronomy topic. (Credit: Karl G. Jansky)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your astronomy class, take a look at these three recent news subjects. Read more

Research paper topics related to areas of law and legal issues

If you’re aiming at a career in law, you already know that it is divided into two main areas: civil law and criminal law. Research paper topics within these two areas include common law, advertising law and consumer protection. Looking to current events could inspire you to explore elections and election laws as possible research topics.

Find out more about the many categories of law here. (Credit: MM Attorneys at Law)

Find out more about the many categories of law here. (Credit: MM Attorneys at Law)

Here are more ideas and tips on creating your next research paper on the law. Read more

Research paper topic ideas for your Black History research paper

Just in time for Black History Month and in stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, The Birth of a Nation has garnered top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by newcomer, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a slave rebellion in 1831.

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

While waiting for the film to appear in theaters, college students can check out Black History research paper topics and get a background in Black History. Read more