Research Idea Topics

The first potential topic I would like to discuss considers the question, should student athletes should get paid?  There is constant debate as to whether or not students should get paid to play for their respective teams in college.  Some say no, while others, especially current and former student athletes say yes.  Being an athlete my entire life, I grew up watching all types of college sports on TV and in person. As I grew older I became more and more interested in college athletics and learned the truth, of what goes into the game. Trying to balance school work, practices, and workouts is no easy task. Because of this, I am inspired to support these young men and women in the fight towards compensation for the countless hours that are lost.  I intend to find the specifics on how much revenue student athletes bring in and the many sacrifices they are forced to go through.

A second potential area of research I would like to discuss is, should the US reform our current criminal justice system?  Our prisons are crowded and our system is flawed.  Many take the side, saying yes our criminal justice system needs reform. However, nothing is being done about it and a strong argument with compelling research, could finally produce action.  As a Criminal Justice major I find this particularly interesting and believe that our current system is flawed and reform is necessary.  Information useful to this topic would be incarceration rates among races and for specific crimes.  Too many people are sent to jail or prison for petty drug charges and because of this it is filling up our prisons and ultimately causing havoc in our criminal justice system.

A third possible area for research, would be whether or not steroids and other performance enhancing drugs should be used in baseball?  Steroids have always cast a dark shadow on professional baseball, as the MLB is doing all they can to prevent cheating within the sport.  Those for steroid usage argue, it makes the game more enjoyable and lively, and cannot be stopped regardless of  the laws and regulations.  I disagree, however, and believe performance enhancing drugs ruins the game, and gives players unfair advantages.  Steroids do typically improve performance, but it comes with a major cost to their body.  As being an athlete my whole life, it is an unfair for someone to have an advantage when others understand the health costs and wisely choose against it.  Understanding the negative health effects is key to understanding why it should not be allowed.  Overall, drug usage is detrimental to baseball and should continue to be banned and strongly administered against.

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One thought on “Research Idea Topics

  1. Joey I feel as though all of these topics fit you very well and your motivation behind them work for you great. In regards to college athletes getting paid, I agree with your stance, on college athletes getting rewarded for all the revenue they bring in. They should have some form of compensation for all the time and effort they put into the school. As for your idea on criminal justice reform, I never considered the overcrowding of jails being such a hinderance on the criminal justice system. Criminal justice reform is a necessity and the public as well knows this to be true. And for your final topic, as being a baseball fan, I think the sport should stay the way it is. Personally, I am not as invested in this idea as the other two, but feel like this is a controversial topic. Steroids should not be implemented into baseball and the sport should stay clean and played the way it was meant to. If I had to pick one of these ideas for you to write about, I would say that the college athletes would work the best.

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