Your graduation research paper should demonstrate your mastery of all your education to date: your control of the essay format (strong thesis statement, sound research and organizational techniques, etc.), your understanding of taxonomy, your control of the technical terms in your discipline, your ability to find order in random events/facts, etc. Think of this paper as your letter of introduction to college entrance, your model example of your potential intellectual potential. As such it should have these features: subject matter should be in your specialty/major, structure should be sound, grammar and other mechanics must be flawless. But most importantly, you must start with a unique idea, an ambitious proposition whose very originality makes your work stand out on first reading (what in pop culture is called a “wow” factor).