A'S CUMULATIVE RESEARCH TOPIC IDEAS

shamebagBiotechnology

Feb 22, 2013 (4 years and 1 month ago)

159 views

A’S CUMULATIVE
RESEARCH

TOPIC IDEA BANK

WARNING:

2011 NO GROWING PLANTS!

RATIONALE FOR ORGANIZATION

These topics are merely “seeds” that can help your
research topic to “bloom” and “grow” in your mind.
Your original twist on the topic is most important.


Rarely will you undertake the topic you initially
chose, however, it is a starting place. It is crucial
that you get started, read lots of scientific literature,
then brain storm with somehow who can be
helpful.

Sometimes the grouping is not
perfect so make sure you review
other groupings to insure you
have a full perspective of what is
possible
.

STRATEGIES FOR SELECTING A TOPIC

How can you quickly select a research topic?

These are some proven ways:

1. Go through the
data bank of topics
or use others to share what they
have done.

2. Turn to
an adult
such as your parents, neighbors, place of worship, or
personal medical professionals such as your veterinarian or physician.

3.
C
ommunity businesses
and/or
medical facilities
can provide
guidance. Overland Park has an inordinate number of medical facilities.
By just driving around, you are probably impressed with the shear
number of resources for research topics.

4.
Other:
your textbook, online sources, library resources, and special
organizations. Refer to the ppt. entitled: Honors Biology 1 Student
Science Research Project for the web addresses.



TABLE OF CONTENTS


GETTING STARTED


SLIDES

2
-
4


BOTANY/PLANTS


SLIDES

6
-
8


GENERAL AND


BIOCHEMISTRY



SLIDES

9
-
10



HUMAN BODY



SLIDES

11
-
14



MICROBIOLOGY



SLIDES

15
-
17


MISCELLANEOUS


SLIDES

18
-
24


WATER QUALITY



SLIDES

25
-
26



TOPIC CHALLENGES


SLIDES

27
-
29




BOTANY/PLANTS


Leaves


sizes, shapes, colors at different levels.


Is moss growing more often on the north side of trees true?


Comparison of lima bean growth using distilled vs fertilizer solution.


Levels of carbon dioxide on the rate of
(Genus, species)
growth.


The effects on growth rates of
(Genus, species)
through pH (choose special values) of mineral water.


Effects on plant height of
(Genus, species)
by using dissolved, powders eggshells of (which chickens?).


The effect of (name/types) composts on growth rates of (
Genus, species
).


A comparative study of the effects on (named grass) using rain water, distilled water, mineral water, and tap
water.


Comparative germination rates of (names of seeds).


Correlation of seed size and average growth heights.


Effect of 12 volts on lima bean growth rates.


Effect of (name water type) on height/health of (name plant)


Effect of soil type on plant growth


Effect of (name aquarium plant) on levels of oxygen in aquarium


Effect of season on growth of (name plant)


Effect of high temperatures on soil fertility


Growth effect of cyanobacteria when micronutrient rich
Malis

pumila

is added


E
ffect of high content mineral water and growth/germination sped of (name plant)


Does light color affect mold growth?


Water and salt water as germination stimulants for garden beans

BOTANY/PLANTS

(CONT.)


Effect of sunlight angles on leaf angles on mixed Gerbera Daisies.


Salinity concentrations and the effects on the growth rates of Kentucky Blue Grass.


Type of soil (name soil types) and the effects on plant (name plants) growth rates.


Saline concentrations and germination rates of beans (name bean type).


Does microwaving soil affect the growth rates of (name plants)?


Effects of artificial light and natural light on the growth rates and maximum heights of Kentucky Blue Grass.


Artificial light intensities and the growth rate of (name plants).


Hydroponically grown tomatoes taste better than those grown in potting soil?


Tobacco’s effect on germinating radish seeds


Electrical shock’s effect on growth of (name plant)


Effect of biome type on (name plant) growth


Effect of magnetism on (name plant) growth


Effects of type of media with the addition of (name rooting hormone) on (name plant) growth in number and
average length of roots


Allelopathy

of (name plants) growing in (name area)


Effect of salicylic acid on growth of perennial rye grass


Effect of light color on plant growth


Does moss really grow on the North side of trees?


Resistance and susceptibility determination of field beans from air pollutant ozone


Effect of light intensity on growth rate of Lima beans


Effect of sunlight on mixed gerbera daises stem angle

BOTANY/PLANTS

(CONT.)


Effects of temperature differences on carbon dioxide levels and growth germination rates of alfalfa seeds.


A study of carbon dioxide uptake by
Crassula

argentea
.


A study of the exposure by 5 common household chemical contaminants in water used for (name the plant) growth rates.


The effect of nitrate levels on the grow rate of spirogyra.


Chloroplast fusion of unrelated plant species (name two) through asexual fusion.


Magnetic levels and the growth rate of chives.


The effect of desiccation on cell sizes.


The total biomass of the vegetation of (Johnson County, Kansas, SMESL).


Has the invasive species
kutzu

established itself in the greater KC area?


Effect of acid rain on root system of (name plant)


Effect of leaf size in compost


Aspirin’s effect on plant growth


Seed size effects of germination and growth rate of (name plant)


Effect of desiccation on cell sizes


Protoplast fusion of (name plants) through asexual fusion


Effect of different types of fertilizer on (name plant) growth


Effect of plant presence on CO₂ levels


Effect of water pH on plant growth


Effect of
microsurfacing

on the growth of bluegrass and fescue grasses


Effects of repeated tactile stimulation on the petiole response and recovery rate of
Mimosa
peudica

leaves


Study of carbon dioxide uptake by
Crassula

argentea


CHEMISTRY OR



BIOCHEMISTRY


Carbon dioxide levels human breath vs plant emissions.


Sublimation of dry ice on various surfaces, or using other substances such as oil.


The chemistry of permanent markers comparing permanency rates of chosen colors.


Levels of carbon dioxide variations comparisons between empty. classroom and a full
classroom of students.


The pH levels of soil under 10 Eastern pine trees vs those under 10 white oaks.


Sampling and analysis of pharmaceutical contaminants of local streams.


Copper sulfate levels and the effects on sustainability of 3 algae species.


Effects of different levels of acidity in artificial rain on
Daphnia magna

in enclosed
environment


Measurements of phosphate and its effect on oxygen


Orange juice acidity levels after natural preservatives are added


Critical temperature of a YBCO superconductor


Effect of various carbonated beverages on a protein source


Sublimation of dry ice in different temperatures of water


Effect of different growth mediums on the CO₂ production of yeast


pH of apple juice in a variation of temperatures

Chemistry/Biochemistry
(cont.)


Effects of combination of dry ice and liquid nitrogen


Does the pH level of a liquid affect how fast it reacts with Alka
-
Seltzer in Alka
-
Seltzer rockets?


Effect of soil pH on the solubility of Phosphorus


Will mixing dyes of different
lipophilicity

with surfactants of different
lipophilicity

cause the most
lipophilic surfactants to show how the greatest
solubilization

of the most lipophilic dyes?


Effect of electrode voltage and percentage of hydrogen to nitrogen on sensitivity of a flame
ionization
deterctor


Effect of pressure on melting speed of ice


Effect of different substances on the freezing point of water


Effect of amount of
placticizer

on polyvinyl alcohol film solubility speed


Effect of oxygen exposure to orange juice on
absorbic

acid level


Effect of water’s salt content on boiling point


Comparison of dissolving speeds of various brands of aspirin in hydrochloric acid and water


Comparison of boiling points of 10w
-
30 motor oils


Comparison of voltage exertions of different brands of batteries


Effect of monosaccharide and disaccharide on freezing point of water


Effect of concentration of sucrose on boiling temperature of water


Will hot water boil quicker than cold water?


Effect of pH levels on the growth rate of allium


HUMAN BODY


Peripheral vision ability of color sensitivity.


Comparative effects of (one genre) music on heart rates, breathing rates, and/or blood pressure levels of 14 year old
females to males.


Effects of meditation on physical performance of freshmen male athletes.


Comparative reflex measurements of freshmen boys vs girls.


Pets and blood pressure rates of adults vs freshmen.


Electromagnetic levels of various cell phones and the effect on systolic and diastolic readings (blood pressure) on
freshmen males vs females.


Comparative study of musculoskeletal flexibility levels of males vs female HB 1 students.


Effects of different liquids (name them) on dental enamel.


Searching for Occult Blood on Non
-
Medical Surfaces within a “Clean” Operating Room.


Correlation of weight of a freshmen female and the ability to do(name exercise).


Difference in performance of a human subject when wearing a Power Balance bracelet


Effects of BMI on athletic performance


Dissolution of medicines in stomach environs


Effects of bright light on pupil dilation of (name color) eyes


Effect of music and relaxation on learning


Effect of bribery/motivation on musculoskeletal flexibility


Levels of CO₂ exhalation in relation to exercise intensity


Effects of energy drinks on memory/performance


Effect of music’s tempo on heart rate


Effect of a magnetic field on a Circadian Rhythm of the eye

HUMAN BODY
(cont.)


Reaction time and the motivation of the human mind.


Heart rate and calorie burning differences for 14
-
16 year olds.


Effects of jumping jacks on the blood pressure of 15
-
18 year old males vs females.


Accuracy of peripheral vision comparing blue and brown
-
eyed middle school students.


Comparative study of “energy” drink consumption effects on. performance.


Effects of music on running speed with freshmen girls.


Gender differences in balancing periods using the lifting of the left leg.


The effect of chewing gum on the temperature of the masseter muscle (jaw muscle).


Effects of perfect water on human body while stretching versus stretching multiple
times


Is it faster to run a mile on track or a mile of cross country


Effects of constant rhythmic exposure on running speed


Effects of light on pupil dilation process due to age


Effect of caffeinated drinks on the ability to run at ages twelve to fourteen


Lung capacity at different ages


Effect of meditation on blood pressure of (name group) before (name event)


Effect of physical exercise on hematological composition of mammalian blood


Effects of color on taste perception


Locating the source of a sound while blindfolded


Personality type indicated by body language

HUMAN BODY
(cont.)


The effect of chlorpromazine upon
hemagglutination
, hemolysis, and shape of Rh+
erythrocytes.


The effect of physical exercise on the hematological composition of mammalian blood.


The effect of a magnetic field on a circadian rhythm of the human eye.


The blood volume rate change before and during exercise.


Platelet function (clotting time) influenced by antihistamines.


Comparative study of temperature between the right and left ears of 10 babies, 10
teenagers, and 10 older adults.


The effect of nitric oxide on cell
lysis

of human epithelial cells.


The use of biofeedback as a preventative to asthma attacks.


Does stress vs relaxed state cause an EKG pattern to change?


Effects of energy drinks on heart rate


Effects of different types of drinks on a human athlete


Effects of exercise on human body temperature


Effects of soft drinks on hypotension and hypertension


Effect of wind musicianship on vital capacity


Effects of heart rate on running performance


Effect of volume on human heart rate


Effect of chewing gum on the temperature of the masseter muscle

Human Body
(cont.)


The effect of being physically fit on heart rate recovery time.


The effect of playing (a musical instrument) and the heart and breathing rates, as well
as blood pressure.


The effect of memory retention and memory retention.


Comparison of mitochondrial DNA Base sequences as evidence of evolutionary
relationships.


Comparative study of resting heart rates of 12
-
15 year olds and adults between 30 and
50 years old.


Is the standard temperature of 98.6 degrees correct for humans?


How resting and physical heart rate differs in (name group of people)


Effect of lead on humans


Effect of sport an athlete plays on flexibility


Effect of aging on human lung capacity


Effects of classification of sweeteners on blood glucose level


Effects of meditation on (name sport) player


Effect of attitude on flexibility


Effect of eye color on peripheral vision accuracy


Ability to distinguish color in peripheral vision


Percussion’s effect on heart rate


Effect of dishonesty on exertion during physical activity

MICROBIOLOGY &

BIOTECHNOLOGY


Comparison of microbial levels of bacterial growth within 5 household environs after using various
household cleaners.


Fecal coliform levels within (named bodies of water) above and below the Johnson County sewage
treatment facility.


Bacterial present on the surfaces of organic and nonorganic navel oranges (or other vegetables or
fruits).


Assessment of levels of bacteria present versus the distance from a “lid up” toilet.


Presence of bacteria on 5 handles in 10 homes.


DNA Onion Extraction vs from Strawberries.


Comparative bacterial levels of 10 human vs 10 dogs mouths.


Amount of bacteria in ice from 5 samples of 2 fast food restaurants.


Effectiveness of electrical current as a means of sterilization of surgical steel


Comparison of
Escherichia coli

levels in common locations for water access


Elimination of bacteria using heat from microwave


Comparison of bacterial growth in bathrooms for both genders


Comparison of bacterial growth on commonly touched surfaces


Comparison of bacterial growth in toilet water and fast food restaurants


Comparison of bacterial levels in organic/non
-
organic milk


Comparison of bacterial counts on different school water
fountains

MICROBIOLOGY &


BIOTECHNOLOGY
(cont.)


The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the microbiology of meat products.


Rhizospheres
Pseudomonas

Bacteria as biocontrol agents for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation
and phytopathogenic fungi suppression.


Ampicillin resistance in E. coli


What temperature is optimal for bacterial growth of from common surfaces?


Which of the following “dirty” surfaces: bathroom toilet bowls, computer key boards, cell phone buttons,
and front door stoops consistently have the highest bacterial levels?


Comparative study of the amount of bacteria growth between antibacterial and bacterial products?


Effects of different types of moisturizers on bacterial growth


Effects of mold growth on (name substance) in different size jars


Effect of garlic on bacterial growth


Effects of drastic changes in temperature on yeast repair enzyme effectiveness in response to UVB
exposure


Antibiotic effects of grapefruit seed extract on
Streptococcus
pyogenes


Is the enzyme
-
linked,
immunoadsorbant

assay an accurate indicator of leucocyte binding in the human
blood serum of systemic
Lupus
erythromatosus

patients?


Correlation between bread types and mold growth quantity


Bacterial growth in re
-
usable grocery bags


Effectiveness of vinegar and bleach as disinfectants


Effect of microwave radiation on bacterial growth in red meat samples


Differentiating bacterial growth within the household environment colony count of various locations

MICROBIOLOGY &


BIOTECHNOLOGY
(cont.)


The antibiotic effects of grapefruit seed extract on
Streptococcus
pyogenes
.


A study of green, black, and white tea on the growth rate of bacteria from common surfaces.


Antimicrobial effectiveness of
C
innamonum

verum


Effect of different types of chewing gum on oral bacterial growth


Bacterial growth in organic v. conventional carrots


Bacterial growth on apples after different methods of washing


Rate of bacterial growth on (name substances)


Comparison of bacterial levels in saliva of (name more than one species)


Effects of
E. coli

bacteria on different sized bodies of water


Effect of water temperature on bacterial growth


Unicellular microorganism growth between a controlled temperature setting at a subzero climate and an
altered controlled temperature setting at subzero temperature


Synthetic v. natural remedies for killing bacteria


Effects of (name substances) as natural antibiotics on (name bacterial strains)


Effect of heat and human saliva on bacterial growth in bottled water


Effect of mouthwash on production of oral bacteria


Micro bacterium growth due to influence of temperature sat fluctuating environments


Solubilization

of C60 and its effects on phospholipid membranes


Ampicillin resistance in
E. coli


Effects of hydrostatic pressure on the microbiology of meat products


Rhizoshpere

pseudomonas bacteria as biocontrol agents for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation and
phytophatogenic

fungi suppression

MISCELLANEOUS

(cont.)


Rate of dissolution of chicken bones in 5% hydrogen peroxide (store bought) and tap water.


The rate of drag based on boat hull types.


Filtering rates effect comparing fiberglass and pleated types of furnace filters.


How scientifically accurate are the predictions of horoscopes?


Rate of mold growth on cheddar cheese contained in 3, 10, and 12 ounce jars.


Preferred sweet liquids by Harvester ants.


Erosion rates comparisons of loam soil versus clay soil.


Strength comparisons of 5 types of bridge trusses in upholding weights suspended from them.


The most effective acoustical foam.


The affects of the increased consumption of sucrose and high glycemic, refined carbs on the
Mus
musculus

growth rates and navigating a maze behavior.


Absorbency rates of water and oil in potting soil


Effects of color on ability to learn


Effect of time of day on vehicle speed


Ancestry’s correlation with temperature preference


Comparison of effective filtering rates air filters


Oxygen production of high lipid
S
cenedesmus

dimorphus
, green algae, for the use in biofuels and environmental
applications


T
he Honeycomb ergonomic keyboard to aid physically challenged persons


Effects of various intensities of UV
-
C light on survival frequency of HA₂ yeast cells


The use of
thymosin

to enhance the lymphocyte production in mice


Determination of the oxygen
-
binding properties of
heme
-
incorporated micelles


Correlations between dust mite and
altenaria

concentrations in dust samples

MISCELLANEOUS
(cont.)


Pesticide levels (state concentration levels) and the killing rates of bait shop crickets (name Genus
species).


Absorption rates of motor oil and gasoline as liquid pollutants comparing two types of soils (name soils).


The effectiveness of sand and gravel filters of oily solutions.


The effects on adhesives exposed to thermal and cryogenic temperatures on the rolling and pulling
friction.


Heart rate of 10 adults correlated to caloric intake over 3 weeks.


The difference between amount of pressure sustained at the ends of the chicken eggs vs the “sides.”


The growth rate of guppies (or tadpoles) by pH value effects.


Levels of bacteria present in a pet’s dish water comparing dogs who chew on bones and those who do not.


Accuracy of 3 television
meterologists

over a 4
-
week period.


A degree’s difference on the outcome of a free throw shot


Effect of a fruit’s ripeness on the attraction of fruit flies


Number of (name species) observed in (name area)


Effect of temperature and time on the expansion of distilled petroleum


Effects of cryogenic temperatures on the operating efficiency of an induction rotary electro
-
mechanical
device


How tadpole growth is affected by water type


Does proximity to a building affect wind speed?


Effect of tank size on guppy growth

MISCELLANEOUS

(CONT.)


Verbal reactions of female freshmen to the obvious depression symptoms of a classmate.


Effects of the color of lettering (or paper) in high school sophomores on memory.


The effects of liquid nitrogen on the electrical resistance of 5 different metal wires of #4 gauge.


Comparative water temperatures of water containers and solar panels.


Which fabrics are the best insulators?


The best temperature during which carbon dioxide is released from a carbonated beverage (state which
types).


Effects of phosphate levels on Elodea growth.


Total visible percentage of the Moon’s surface over its 29
-
day cycle.


Does reduced fat products have fewer calories than standard products?


Effect of in vitro mechanical stress on gene expressions of
cycloosygenases

and prostaglandin E2 receptors
in kidney
podocytes


Differences and meanings of barks of prairie dogs


Effect of gender on accuracy of eyewitness testimony


Horizontal angle efficiency of wind turbines


Is audio or visual information better remembered?


Pneumatic boundary layer control improvements on
aerofoil

behavior


Possible adaptive significance of temperature
-
dependent sex determination in reptiles


Safe removal of crude oil from primary feathers of
Anser

domesticus

using select skin care products


Can variable stars be used to determine distance to nearby galaxies?


Effect of chlorpromazine upon hemagglutination, hemolysis, and shape of Rh+ erythrocytes

MISCELLANEOUS

(CONT.)


The
solubilzation

of C60 and its effects on phospholipid membranes.


A comparative study of the filtering effect of various glass and water types of ultraviolet light using Baker’s yeast.


Asphyxiation due to carbon dioxide (from dry ice) vapor and liquid nitrogen vapor on crickets in confined spaces.


Comparative study of dust mite and
alternaria

concentrations in household dust samples.


The makeup of air borne particulate matter.


Chromatography separation rate differences in various colors of sharpie or vis
-
à
-
vis pens.


A study of the effects on the properties of
slinkies

using cryogenic temperatures.


Can a crinoid fossil be used as an accurate index fossil to determine
P
aleozoic Era life?


Efficiency of wind generators


Quantity of atmospheric particulate matter


Proximity of movement that will cause a cricket to cease
stridulations


Effect of food calcium propionate in the inhibition of mold formulation on bread


How ultraviolet rays affect the length and
b
rightness in the glow of phosphorescent


Effects of different cooking oils on popcorn


Adhesive friction in calescent and algid temperature conditions


Effects of temperature, light, and biorhythms relevant to harvester ants behavior


Comparison of the viscosity of various substances


Comparison of the result of
caramelization

of various types of sugars


Effect of temperature on crystal growth


Comparison of adhesiveness of different brands of duct tape


Effect of number of trials on a rat’s speed in going through a maze


Effect of ink color on reading speed


Effect of font size on reading speed

MISCELLANEOUS

(CONT.)


Can variable stars be used to determine the distance to nearby galaxies?


A correlation of sound intensity and blood pressure, heart rates, and breathing rates.


Safe removal of crude oil from the primary feathers of
Anser

domesticus

using selected skin care products.


An investigation of temperature
-
dependent sex determination, development, and growth of
Anolis

carolinensis

(reptile).


The critical temperature of a YBCO superconductor.


Polyhydroxybutyrate
: a polymer produced and degraded by bacteria.


The use of
thymosin

to enhance the lymphocyte production in mice.


The effects of various intensities of UV
-
C light on survival frequency of HA2 yeast cells.


(apples types) starch levels over time


Effect of aroma on eating behavior of
Mus musculus
domesticus


Do non
-
toxic chemicals repel ants?


Effect of non
-
cyclical lighting on the growth of
Vanessa
cardui


Surface temperature’s effect on the adhesive properties of polymers


Reactions of
Eisenia

hortensis

to sound/vibrations


Amount of toxic material coming from smoke of electric, filtered, or non
-
filtered cigarette


Correlation of different fabric insulators on cups of water


Durability of types of bridge trusses


Effect of cold on regular, semi
-
synthetic, and fully synthetic motor oil


Efficiency of drying clothes using microwave and electric clothes dryer


Effects of adhesives exposed to thermal and cryogenic temperatures on rolling and pulling friction


Verbal reactions of female freshmen to the obvious depression symptoms of a classmate


Temperature readings of a solar powered water shower


Extraction of DNA from order biomass


Searching for occult blood on non
-
medical in a “clean” operating room

MISCELLANEOUS

(CONT.)


Pneumatic boundary layer control improvements on
aerofoil

behavior.


Do more propeller blades equal more electrical energy output? Or does changing blade angles increase
electrical energy output?


The application of high
Tc

superconductors and levitation properties or
F
abricaton

of high temperature
superconductors involving yttrium, barium and copper oxides.


Honeycomb ergonomic keyboard design for physically challenged children.


The effect of cold temperatures on battery longevity.


The effect of soil temperature and biodegradation of biodegradable materials.


Micrometeorology measurement differences compared to general readings found on online.


Fluctuations of solar radiation levels and the amount of electromagnetic radiation reaching the surface of
the earth.


The average albedo levels of various local surfaces.


Wind speed difference at different distances from the school.


Time of day’s effect on dust particles


Study of radioactivity in granite countertops


Influence of canine breeds on memory performance


Different levels of magnetic pull in various metals


Correlation between antenna lengths and the signal strength of short wave radio


Effect of micro gravity environment on the formation of pearls


Effect of predator imitations on a wild
Rana

Catesbeiana

tadpoles


E
ffect of different exposures of humidity and moisture on Ash Wood


Effect of Gene Dot1L on the over expression of BRCA1 in mammary tissue and the sensitivity to common
Platinum drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer

MISCELLANEOUS

(CONT.)


Carbon monoxide levels before and during the departure traffic after dismissal at South High.


Coating detector for low emissivity glass.


Comparative study of electromagnetic emission levels within the home, school computer lab,
and in an electronic section of a store.


Sound proofing quality of selected wall materials: drywall, wood, and glass.


Correlation of high pressure vs low pressure system and human behavior.


The decomposition rates of CD
-
1 knockout mice in diverse substance.


Do mind
-
control exercises along with meditation and goal setting help students resist
cravings and impulsive behavior.


The effects of temperature on the voltage efficiency of solar cells.


Effect of temperature on ozone levels


Effect of fecal coliform on algae


Relationships between face masks penetrations against stated pollutants


Effect of temperature on bounce of a golf ball


Effectiveness of filtration methods for tap water


Effect of temperature on battery life


Best combination of Elodea and freshwater snails to balance a limited ecosystem for the
longest amount of time


Effects of wire gage and windings on the electromagnet


Steganography of executable code in printable characters and pseudo
-
English text and the
statistical analysis thereof for exploitation preventions


The change that room acoustics cause to sound intensity levels


WATER QUALITY


Comparing nitrate, phosphate, and pH levels in drinking water from (various
sites).


Levels of nitrates and phosphates levels in runoff water from residential lawns
vs commercial lawns.


Nitrate levels of (water source) and the relationship of
Caddisfly

(
bioindicator
)
numbers.


Effects of air temperature on oxygen, nitrate, pH, and phosphate levels of 3
sites in Indian Creek.


Comparison of phosphate, nitrate and fecal levels from 3 samples of Johnson
County vs Jackson County streams.


The correlation of turbidity and air temperature on water temperature at 10
centimeters below the surface of Indian Creek water.


Conductivity levels of various streams (name streams) before and after heavy
rains.


U
se of benthic
microinvertebrates

as
bioindicators

of water quality in the
Indian Creek

WATER QUALITY
(cont.)


Water quality of runoff water over concrete, turf grass, and native vegetation.


Aluminum 27 and Iron 57 contamination in Indian Creek and two different
location compared to tap water.


The effects of effluent water from the Johnson County waste water treatment
plant on the fecal coliform levels of Indian Creek.


Estimation of point source and nonpoint source phosphorus loading of SMESL
pond.


Amount of lead in Kansas City area tributaries


Effect of stream flow on phosphate levels in rivers


Using
bioindicators

for the determination of the pollution in Indian Creek


Varying pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen of water based on location


Algae growth and phosphate and nitrate reduction in waste water


Differences in pH levels of tap water in different bathrooms in the same
building


Aluminum and iron contamination at 2 different locations in Indian Creek
compared to regular tap water

CHALLENGES and ATTRIBUTES PER
TOPIC/GROUP

PLANTS



if they do not
grow, you will have to start
over. Plants often take more
time especially if you are
trying to attain great
heights. A strategy

might be to measure

the germination or an early
phase. But have little
paperwork/forms to fill out
and can be done at home!

CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY
-

w
ill usually take equipment
and chemicals and safety
precautions are a must. There
are more forms to fill out if the
chemicals are considered to be
hazardous. Students really feel
like scientists working with
chemicals.

CHALLENGES and ATTRIBUTES PER
TOPIC/GROUP
(cont.)

HUMAN BODY
-


This is usually the most
popular topic area,
however, due to insuring
safety, this topic area has
the most forms to fill out.

You will have to involve no
fewer than 15 people.

MICROBIOLOGY OR
BIOTECHNOLOGY



Researching microbes is an
area that requires following
strict procedures, filling out
special forms, and devising
measuring techniques. This
area is also a favorite to
research.

CHALLENGES and ATTRIBUTES PER
TOPIC/GROUP (cont.)

MISCELLANEOUS



because of the great range
of topics which fall under
this grouping, each one
will have special
considerations especially
forms to be filled out.
This group offers the
widest variety of topics.


WATER QUALITY


will
involve the outdoors which
can be a challenge
especially if you are
counting on rainfall. This
area will probably involve

c
hemicals and equipment
which you will have to
check out, be responsible
for, and need to return in a
timely manner.