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.
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).
Propose a cost-benefit analysis for issues like stormwater management, analyzing different alternatives and the impact on broader systems.
Improve the campus energy Heatmap by adding features to increase engagement with the app.
Refine and update data displayed on the Tiger Energy platform by conducting a submetering pilot.
Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.
Evaluate the psychological, social, and cognitive effects of entering dark spaces to more accurately quantify the cost and benefit of turning dorm corridor lights off more frequently.