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.

Access research questions (.pdf) on the long-term monitoring and data analysis of the Washington Stream Restoration.

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Sample catch basins from surface water monitoring to identify higher levels of surface water pollution

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for campus plant health? What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for stormwater mitigation?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural 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

Evaluate the costs and benefits of more sustainable equipment options for landscape maintenance (hedge trimmers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, etc).

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Evaluate the feasibility of use of water recovery from sewage for irrigation purposes (regulations, permits, etc).

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Are current strategies effective at improving the water quality of Carnegie Lake? Which regional strategies would improve it further?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural 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

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