Researched Argument Possible Topics

When thinking about the researched argument, the kinds of topics that interest me are regarding athletics, health/environment, and food waste. These topics interest me because I know what it’s like to be on an athletic team, I am a student of the college of health sciences, and I care about saving food, rather than just throwing it away.

1.) Question: Should college athletes be paid?

This is an important question because college teams bring in a lot of money for universities, their coaches receive salaries but college athletes themselves, who dedicate countless hours, are not paid for their time and hard work.

Motivation: I am motivated to explore the topic of whether or not college athletes should be compensated because I have always been an athlete so I know how much time and energy goes into being part of a team and participating in a sport (while being expected to balance all other activities).

Information: I hope to find specific numbers regarding how much revenue college teams bring in, how much money their respective coaches make, and how many hours athletes spend each week with their team.

Arguments: I hope to argue that because of their influence, the amount of time spent dedicated to their team, and the amount of money that they help universities make, they should be rewarded for their time, just as professional athletes are. They are recruited just as professional athletes and should be compensated.


2.) Question: Should more hydration stations be implemented on college campuses in order to help the environment/promote easy access to clean water?

This is an important question because many students love the idea of being able to quickly fill up their water bottles with clean, filtered water. These hydration stations also help save plastic, but it’s important to keep in mind the cost of adding more of them to campuses.

Motivation: I am motivated to explore this topic because I am a health behavior science major and staying hydrated (through easy access to clean water) is an aspect of wellness that drives/influences so many other parts of health. Also, these stations reduce the risk of plastic water bottles, so they are also environmentally friendly.

Information: I hope to find specific numbers on how many plastic water bottles are used annually and how that number contributes to the waste in the environment. I also want to explore the varying costs of hydration stations.

Arguments: I hope to argue that more hydration stations will eliminate excess plastic waste and encourage students to drink more water and stay hydrated, positively impacting their health.


3.) Question: What should be done about food waste in dining halls?

This is an important question because so much food is thrown away and there are plenty of people/places lacking food that could benefit from donating the food.

Motivation: I am motivated to explore this topic because access to food is something that is critically important to all and the fact that so much food is wasted makes me want to combat it and find plausible ways to repurpose wasted food from dining halls.

Information: I hope to find specific numbers/statistics on how much food is wasted each day in a typical dining hall and compare those numbers to the local people/places that are in need of food.

Arguments: I hope to argue that excess food in dining halls should be collected to some extent and donated to local food banks or poor people/families who are in need of food.

Fresh Food In Garbage Can To Illustrate Waste

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.