This year, I was working closely with many college-bound gifted students, one assignment, a student wanted to research the "Roswell incident". Though I can generally quickly think up several potential research questions for any given topic, due the nature of the topic, I could not think of any.

Though I redirected the student to find another topic of interest, I can’t help but wonder, what is a good way to steer a student when they want to examine a topic, such as the Roswell incident, that by its nature, attracts conspiracies, and, as such, is hard to view the topic from a academically rigorous standpoint.

How can students create quality research questions or thesis statements around a topic that is just a conspiracy?