Need a Research Question?

The following topics have been identified in partnership with University operational departments and faculty from various academic departments to assist students in identifying potential JP, Senior Thesis and graduate research topics using the campus itself as a living laboratory for sustainability problem-solving.

Please browse below, or use the sorting options to the right to narrow your search by topic or discipline. Contact the Campus as Lab team, Caroline Savage and Gina Talt '15, for more information or questions!

If you have a campus as lab research question that should be included on this list you can submit it using our contact form.

What is the difference between the quality of harvested rainwater compared to domestic water? Are the impacts on plants of each different over time?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Propose a cost-benefit analysis for issues like stormwater management, analyzing different alternatives and the impact on broader systems.

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Assist with outreach/marketing efforts of the sale of the farm's harvest production to Campus Dining, Terrace Eating Club, and/or greater community

Topics: food, purchasing
Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Do campus programs, such as Earth Day, contribute to changes in behaviors of attendees?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Collect baseline data on water clarity, oxygen levels, and organic carbon in Lake Carnegie to determine the effect of gasoline loads on water quality

Topics: water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Assess the feasibility of local offshore wind power as part of the University's renewable energy portfolio.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Access research questions (.pdf) on the long-term monitoring and data analysis of the Washington Stream Restoration.

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

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