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.

Is there a connection between habits formed at Lawnparties and later behaviors at Reunions?

Disciplines: social sciences

Explore several types of energy pricing forecasts. Are there any forecasts under which pursuing green energy alternatives makes more financial sense than conventional energy systems, and, if so, what are the benefits and drawbacks of using those forecasts?

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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

A pilot waste collection bin is being implemented at 20 Washington. Assist with baseline data collection and assess the efficacy of design interventions. Propose recommendations for improvements.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: social sciences

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Define the economical sustainability (profitability and affordability) of producing wheat flour and/or soy milk with only indoor plants and define opportunities to improvement.

Disciplines: social sciences

Which building materials and designs best conserve energy for heating and cooling?

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

What are the bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.

Disciplines: engineering