So, you want to conduct undergraduate research this summer? Awesome. You can’t come to campus for a traditional experience? No problem, we’ve got you covered.
The Office of Undergraduate Research has put together a number of resources to help you in developing your research skills from the comfort of your home.
- Below is a list of ideas for research topics. Choose a topic and get started.
- Attend our weekly webinar on general research skills & methods (sign up below).
- Join our virtual summer research scholars program for professional development opportunities and to connect socially with other UT undergraduate research students also conducting research at home.
- New to research? Complete a research methods course designed to introduce you to the basics of research.
- Need more guidance? Want to brainstorm research ideas? Check in with one of our peer mentors or graduate student teaching assistant to get answers to your research questions.
Disclaimer – If your selected topic involves collecting data from or about people (including through surveys) and you want your project to be considered research to share at a later date, you will need to seek Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. More information can be found at https://irb.utk.edu/faq/. If you are using a publically available data set, you will not need IRB approval.
Research Topic Ideas
Remember research can be in your major, your minor, or even your hobby. Consider what you enjoy or what you are curious about and start from there. Want to know when baseball will start back up? Research what are the factors that go into a professional sports team decision process around COVID-19 – look at articles or call up someone at the Tennessee Smokies or other team. Curious on how America emerged from the Great Depression? Look into the CCC or TVA and how the creation of each impacted the economy. Do you enjoy watching movies? Look at how your chosen topic is portrayed in cinema. You can also team up with other students to tackle a larger research question. There are so many ideas to continue your passion for research (or even get started in research) from wherever you are. The list below is evolving each week so check back for new ideas in your field. The most important thing is to just be curious and ask the age old question – why.
Once you complete your research this summer, join us in August for Discovery Day, a chance to share what you discovered with your fellow undergraduate students.
Research From Home Ideas by Discipline
Ways to Stay Informed on Current Research
- https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic (will need to look these up through UT Libraries)
- https://www.nationalgeographic.com/ (fun for you geography/anthropology/biology folks)
- https://www.cur.org/assets/1/7/2020_POHProgram_F1.PDF and https://apps.cur.org/ncur2020/search/Search_NCUR.aspx (examples of undergraduate research; for the NCUR link, search the field that you are interested in)
- https://blog.prepscholar.com/good-research-paper-topics (List of basic research ideas to help get started)