I'm not too sure if this is the right place to post my question, but I'll give it a shot. I'm going to try out for the intel STS project and hopefully, I'll manage to become a semi-finalist or such. I'm worried about the eligibility of my project however. I'm just starting this summer, which is really late so my options are limited. What I want to do is analyze the Q of diamond micromechanical resonators and create a recipe that is capable of reaching higher Qs than previously reported. I highly doubt I'll be able to successfully manage that within 2 months, so my backup plan is to create a statistical analysis of all Q values for different materials used as resonators and find one that has the highest Q, lowest temp requirements (and other things that I don't currently understand) that will become an ideal material to replace silicon and create higher resonance. The project basically contributes to creating mobile devices that are capable of accessing data more efficiently and through much more varied sources because it will be able to differentiate radio waves and such better. The only problem is there has already been extensive research in this area and a lot of published articles. The specific device that I'm mentioning is only being done at the lab I'm working in however.
So my problem is, I don't know when my research will stop becoming unoriginal and original, as the intel STS project requires, in this case. I can do more data collection, and possibly even create a more efficient device, but will that be sufficient enough to be considered original? I'd really appreciate your input, especially from any of the seasoned veterans out there. I assume the intel ISEF projects have the same requirements.
Let me know, if you need any more details and thanks!