Determine the research project you would like to complete and follow the project guidelines.
Types of research project:
- Creative endeavor - may take the form of writings, videos, two-dimensional or three-dimensional art, technology/digital design, or performance
- Liberal arts research - searched for and read books or journal articles, and/or interviewed people about historical facts, or used reading to support an idea
- Design - built a structure, made a robot, wrote a piece of software, made a pamphlet, developed some teaching material, a marketing strategy, etc.
- Scientific Research - designed an experiment or wrote a survey, performed experiments, collected responses from people, collected financial data on the internet, used statistics to analyze the data, made graphs, etc.
- Theoretical Research - proved a theorem
Work with a faculty research advisor to determine the correct category for your research project. Submissions may be made in the following categories:
- Arts and Humanities (includes: Art, History, Literature, Music)
- Engineering (includes Mathematics)
- Science (includes: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Physics)
- Social Science (includes: HDFS, History, Psychology, Sociology)
- Health (includes: Exercise Science, Fitness, Nursing)
- Technology (includes: Programing, Security Risk, Social Media, Websites)
Identify a faculty research advisor.
You may discuss you research project with any number of your teachers. However, you are required to identify one lead faculty member as your faculty research advisor when submitting your project for presentation. They will be the professor with whom you spend the most time discussing your project and will provide you with assistance when selecting the proper topic category for your project. If you have additional advisors on your project, please indicate this on the project submission form so judges are aware.
Meet with your faculty research advisor:
Once you’ve identified a topic of interest and the type of project you would like to complete, meet with faculty research advisor to propose your project ideas and identify the correct project category.
The abstract is a summary of your project. A good abstract gives the reader a quick idea of what your project was about, why it was worthwhile doing, and what your key results were (yes, an abstract is often a spoiler). Your abstract can be 150 to 250 words.