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.

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

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Are sustainability/recycling efforts at Reunions effective at capturing recyclables and/or changing behaviors?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: social sciences

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

Conduct an ecological assessment of campus natural systems including habitat types, biodiversity, soil characteristics, and more.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: natural sciences

Use the Urban Cultivator, an indoor hydroponic growing system located in Café Vivian, to explore yield and nutritional quality from different types of growing methods.

Topics: food
Disciplines: natural sciences

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

Disciplines: engineering

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences