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.

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

What zero-waste strategies for large campus events (e.g. Reunions) or for daily operations in selected buildings are the most effective?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Design several recycling signs with different messaging. Which most effectively reduces contamination in recycling bins and reduces landfill waste?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

At what price would a parking fee encourage University faculty and staff traveling in single occupancy vehicles to switch to alternative modes of transport to and from campus?

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

This year Campus Dining will reach incoming freshmen over the summer with a presentation about sustainability in dining. Will it change behavior?

Disciplines: social sciences

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.

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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