I wanna do a challenging project at the end of each course I take in college and am interested in bigger projects with wider scope as well. But I'm unable to come up with good ideas. Where can I find research papers or sites to help me, given my limited knowledge as an undergraduate? I study Electronics & Communication Engg. while I also take courses from CompSci.

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If you want to do projects related to your courses, I wouldn't push towards recent literature. It will be specialized and the emphasis will be on new ideas, not on implementation of your course learnings.

Instead I would look at the references in your texts (often older/harder books). They may have harder exercises or have small design projects.

Also, of course, talk to your teachers.

  • Thanx for d advice. Can u please elaborate about references in texts. I have never noticed any project ideas in my texts or any other books infact. – Nikhil Konatham Jan 25 at 4:23
  • The references in the texts won’t state "this is a possible project", you need to recognize relevant project material... – Solar Mike Jan 25 at 5:10
  • A lot of graduate texts in chemistry will either have references to the primary literature or even assignments based on reading the literature. (This is just one idea.) – guest Jan 25 at 6:30
  • @Nikhil Konatham: I have never noticed any project ideas in my texts or any other books infact --- I don't know much about your field(s), or how significant "never noticed ... any other books" is (e.g. have you spent much time flipping through the hundreds of books related to your interests in a large university library?), but a google books search for "student project" + "exercises" + "differential equations" gives (continued) – Dave L Renfro Jan 26 at 6:58
  • many examples. On the first page of hits I see among the text excerpts: "modeling the activity of brain cells, as in the Student Project at the end of" AND "Student Project: dendrology measurement" AND "Student Project: tobacco measurements" AND "and curve fitting also appears in Exercise 19.13.13 and student project 24.2" AND "Student Project Small-Rocket Data" AND "Student Project Improved Calculation of Hyperbola-Areas" AND "student project of calculating the optimal sag in the support of a suspension bridge mode" AND "Such material would make an excellent basis for student project work". – Dave L Renfro Jan 26 at 7:05

I [want] a challenging project at the end of each course I take

Whoever gave the course probably knows some challenging projects within the course's scope, so ask them first. If they don't know any (perhaps they aren't particularly interested in the course, they are just forced to teach it), then they'll surely know someone that does. Going further afield, you can search for experts in the field, check out their web pages (where projects for students may be listed), and perhaps even email them.

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