What is Research topics: Definition and 40 Discussions

Research is "creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge". It involves the collection, organization, and analysis of information to increase understanding of a topic or issue. A research project may be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects or the project as a whole.
The primary purposes of basic research (as opposed to applied research) are documentation, discovery, interpretation, and the research and development (R&D) of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge. Approaches to research depend on epistemologies, which vary considerably both within and between humanities and sciences. There are several forms of research: scientific, humanities, artistic, economic, social, business, marketing, practitioner research, life, technological, etc. The scientific study of research practices is known as meta-research.

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  1. scribblekibble

    Physics Best PhD to stay in physics research?

    Hi, I'm an incoming first year undergrad physics student at a US institution. I want to be an experimental research physicist desperately; the fields I love the most are particle physics and astrophysics (and even a combination of the two: astroparticle physics, DM/DE detection, neutrinos, you...
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    Suggestions for research topics for M.Sc. in Nuclear Power Engineering

    Summary: Suggestion on experimental research related to reactor for master's degree dissertation. Summary: Suggestion on experimental research related to reactor for master's degree dissertation. I have just started my master's degree course in Nuclear Power Engineering and decided to...
  3. L

    How to pick a concrete PhD objective in this QFT/Gravity formalism?

    I have a major in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics and I'm finishing a masters in Physics (just finishing to write down the dissertation really). I have also already enrolled the PhD course so that I need now to pick an advisor and a theme before june. My main interest since the early days...
  4. P

    Schools What are interesting research topics in plasma physics now?

    I'm an undergraduate student and thinking of doing a research in plasma physics. Any suggestion? I prefer to do it computationally. Most research topic in plasma physics I googled are about fusion, but do you think it's too advanced for my education level?
  5. W

    Which Math Topic Should I choose for Research

    I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in Mathematics, for my last semester I need to choose a topic of research with a particular professor. I am interested in applied math, mostly mathematical physics but there are certain fields of math that may not seem like they relate to mathematical...
  6. L

    Programs Need advice on what to do about my master's degree

    I have a major in mathematical physics and mathematics and I've started on graduate school january of the last year to get a master's degree in theoretical physics. My real interest is fundamental physics, specialy related to general relativity and quantum field theory. I've talked to a...
  7. L

    Studying Research topic related to extended bodies on GR

    I'm in a graduate course in Physics to obtain a master's degree. I have a major in mathematical physics and my main interests are General Relativity (GR), Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetimes (QFTCS), and usual Quantum Field Theory (QFT) itself. My interest is in the fundamental physics...
  8. L

    Other Quantum Information and General Relativity

    Last year I've finished the undergraduate course in Mathematical-Physics and Mathematics and this year I've started on graduate school on Physics in order to obtain a master's degree. What I'm really interested are two main topics: general relativity and quantum field theory. I also like...
  9. L

    Other Graduate Research topic involving QFT and General Relativity

    Last year I finished the undergraduate course in Mathematical Physics. This year, more precisely in March, I'm going to start the graduate course to acquire a master's degree in Physics. Now, for this course I must choose a research topic and find an advisor. This is being a little bit...
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    B Research Ideas For High School Student (Astrophysics/Cosmology)

    Hello, I am a high school student, I'm kind of interested in astrophysics and cosmology. Anyways, I am starting a research this year for my school research. I would love some ideas about what to research on, I'm not too good with quantum physics. I have been looking into multiple topics but I...
  11. L

    Other Undergraduate research on gravitational waves

    Currently I'm in the last year of the Physics course and I'm interested in working on some undergraduate research project. At first I was suggested to work with statistical physics, but I believe I would prefer working with General Relativity. From the point of view of background I do have a...
  12. L

    Other Research topics in Statistical Physics

    Currently I'm in the last year of the Physics course and I've been thinking about working in a project of undergraduate research, specifically in Statistical Physics. Two years ago I've already done a project like that in Fluid Mechanics combined with Gauge Theories and in that project I've...
  13. B

    Undergraduate Research Topics?

    I am currently a sophomore physics student at a relatively small liberal arts college. Research opportunities are extremely limited, but I am applying for a grant of up to $2500 to perform a research project for the school. I am having some trouble coming up with topics/projects that I could...
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    Exploring Beyond the Standard Model: Current Research Topics in Physics

    Hello, I just wanted to know what some of the current hot topics in physics beyond the standard model are. What are some examples of specific research topics and how do they relate to a broader problem in physics?
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    Research Topics in Statistical Mechanics

    It seems like two main applications of statistical mechanics in academia research include the application to solid mechanics/materials and the application to heat transfer. How do statistical mechanics and thermodynamics differ in these two aspects? Is it basically the same theory applied to...
  16. S

    Theoretical Research Topics in Topological Quantum Computing

    Can anyone suggest any? I have all of the coursework for a PhD, So I'm not afraid of anything but I will have lots of questions.
  17. B

    Research topics in Variable stars

    Hey, I am an undergraduate physics & astronomy student. I am looking for a good research topic to work on for this semester. I have access to a .5 m telescope in Louisville, Ky (38 deg N), a .5 m telescope, and possibly another with a built in spectroscopy as well as photometry capabilities...
  18. A

    Research topics and nanotechnology.

    Can someone elaborate on E.E research topics and current-active research programs? I have read about photonics, optical computing, quantum computing and semi-conductors. I plan on doing a project and small research on an undergraduate level. I tried to do a research on tokamaks and confining...
  19. M

    Research topics for personal statement and A2 physics

    Hi everyone I'm new to physics forums so sorry if this is in the wrong section. I'm currently in Year 12 going into Year 13 and for my physics A2 I have to find a research topic (which would be in the form of a question) on which I would have to write a 1200 word report on. My problem is that...
  20. S

    Research Topics in Quantum Dots for Undergrad Summer Research?

    What Can be some Good Research Topics in Optical Applications of Quantum Dots? I'm Presently doing my B.Sc in electronics & require to Propose an Interesting Research Write-up for Summer Research(Duration~2 months). Personally I find Quantum Dots suits my Level of Understanding of Quantum...
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    Programs Research topics appropriate for a beginning mathematics major?

    Okay, so, I'm about 2 semesters from completing my AA degree and I decided a couple semesters ago that I really want to be a math major. I am not a traditional student exactly - I was homeschooled and my math education was not strong, so I ended up placing into Intermediate Algebra in my first...
  22. bleist88

    Available Astronomy Research Topics?

    My astronomy lab group is planning a research project. We will have access to a .6 m reflecting telescope in the northern hemisphere as well as I believe a .6 or larger reflector in Australia remotely. We are curious how likely or practical it would be to be able to find research subjects...
  23. T

    Looking for undergrad communication research topics

    Hi, I'm a junior year electrical engineering student with communication major. Within 3 or 4 months i'll have to select a research topic. Can anyone help me with some latest topics? It is bad luck for me, I'm not adroit with circuits.:mad: Actually, I'm very much interested in physics and from...
  24. S

    Interesting Aerodynamics Research topics

    Hi everyone, first off i'd like to thank you all for maintaining this awesome forum, seems really cool :D I wasn't sure whether this should be in the homework forums or not, but since I'm not asking for any solution of some sorts, i decided to post here. I'm a senior high school student...
  25. M

    Physics Research topics in Medical Physics

    Hi I graduated last summer with major physics and minor medical physics (minor includes 3 courses : Ionizing radiation, non-Ionizing radiation, radiation protection and a project in QA/QC ) I work now in medical physics department as a demonstrator which is a small one with few staff I...
  26. A

    Physics Any research topics for a undergraduate student in modern physics?

    I ve browsed many sites and wasted most of my time for finding a better topic but most of my friends managed to publish papers in there interested topics(other than modern physics)..I m really desperate to publish a paper since its getting late..Can anyone please suggest a better topic in modern...
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    Finding Research Topics in HEP (Undergraduate level)

    Hey, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for something I could research for a paper I have to write about my major (Physics). I could do history of particle physics, but I'd rather not. Any and all suggestions would be great! Thanks for your time, Elwin
  28. B

    Chemical engineering research topics

    Hey guys, I am from a Canadian university and have just recently took the GRE (1480 for verbal+quant). I am thinking of applying for graduate studies in the United States, preferably tier 1 schools such as Princeton, MIT etc.. However, after doing some online research it seems that schools...
  29. jegues

    EE Research Topics? (Undegraduate)

    EE Research Topics? (Undegraduate) Hello all! I've just recently applied for undergraduate student research award, and if I do end up winning I will have to discuss with one or several professors my interests and the possibilities of them having a spot for me within one of their labs. The...
  30. E

    Interesting Physics research topics

    I'm afraid the template for homework help doesn't quite apply here since my problem is the lack of a problem in itself. I'm an International Baccalaureate student, and I've decided to do a research topic (about 4000 words) on physics. I need help with this. I'm looking for suggestions for...
  31. S

    Research Topics for B.Tech Mech Engg @ ISM Dhanbad

    hi friends.... i m doing my b.tech in mech engg from ism dhanbad can anyone please suggest some research topics while doing graduation
  32. S

    Undergraduate Research Topics in Point-Set Topology?

    Hi all, Like the title suggests, i am interested in finding a topic in topology that would serve as the basis for a research paper. Since i am currently taking a first course in Topology (Munkres), i am basically looking for something that is not too advanced. So far i haven't been able to...
  33. N

    Ideas or research topics in semiconductor devices and device physics

    hi I am doing my Electronics and Communication Engineering..I need a topic for paper presentation.Im more interested in semiconductor devices and device physics..It's like,i would like to address any physical limitation in the existing technology in reducing chip size.(this is the only topic i...
  34. W

    Advice on research topics

    I have a chance to be doing some research this summer in some good labs. My level of proficiency with physics is around the late freshman - mid sophomore stage. What could I do research on?
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    What are some possible research topics in medical physics and lasers?

    Hi everyone, Ive just joined this website today so I'm new to this forum stuff! Anyway, I'm in my 4th year at University studying Physics, and this year I am to take a class called Research Skills. In this class we are to come up with some ideas about possible inventions/ideas etc and...
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    Hot research topics in heat transfer

    Hi all! Could anyone tell me, a final year student in mechanical engineering preparing for his final year project, what the hot reserach topics in heat transfer are?
  37. z-component

    Exploring Fascinating Physics Research Topics for High School Graduation Project

    Hi, For my school district, all high school seniors are required to complete a graduation project in order to receive a diploma. We're supposed to pick a class we enjoy and work together with the teacher of that class, who acts as a mentor, in coming up with a presentable project to a class...
  38. ohwilleke

    Recent Astronomy & Cosmology Research Topics

    What are the hot topics in astronomy and cosmology as measured by production of recent academic papers? I'm not looking for an exact number, just a relative ranking with some sense of order of magnitude. My motive is to get at the whole mainstream v. non-mainstream issue in a way that...
  39. zeronem

    Latest Research Topics in Mathematics for Phd students

    As a student I have grown a curiosity on Research Topics in Mathematics. Anyways I would like to know what are the current Research Topics in Mathematics for Phd students? I just want an idea of what they are researching on, to give me a focus in a particular area of study of the basics...
  40. S

    Some good research topics please?

    Hi, I was wondering how and where physics researchers find good research topics in the field of theoretical physics? (and possibly experimental physics too) I'm not talking about obvious holy grail of physics such as 'theory of everything' or cold-fusion.. but some topics that are...