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.

Incorporate educational components (e.g. how to decrease usage or energy usage calculator of an office/dorm) on the Tiger Energy platform.

Disciplines: engineering

Perform a thermal camera assessment on cold days to identify thermal leaks.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Incorporate weather-normalized data into the residential college ranking on the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Expand the campus energy Heatmap to include all buildings in the campus carbon footprint (e.g. the High-Performance Computing Research Center at the Forrestal Campus).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Use Tiger Energy/Heatmap to analyze how energy usage compares across campus buildings in terms of intended use, size, or other variables.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Develop a CartShare app, similar to the Zagster bikeshare program app, as a fleet management tool to allow students and staff to more easily find and reserve available golf carts. 

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: engineering

How can the University reduce waste associated with materialistic giveaways while still fostering a sense of community?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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