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.

Study the changes in the movement and location of the campus Adirondack lawn chairs to evaluate the cultural significance and utilization of campus green spaces.

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Examine ways of using occupancy sensing for other utilities in campus dorms, such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning systems).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Are there differences in water quality between groundwater and surface water on campus?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Study the life cycle costing of common campus building materials (stone, metal, etc.), energy technologies, and labor analysis and establish recommendations.

Disciplines: engineering, 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

Evaluate the efficacy of long-term gamification to promote sustainable behaviors by developing a smartphone app that creates a year-long competition around recycling quality.

Disciplines: engineering

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

Design and test an inexpensive, small-scale compost system to prevent compostable diningware from campus events from going to the landfill.

Disciplines: engineering