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.

Design an app that incorporates campus-wide data to compare individual energy use with average use and encourage individuals to track their energy consumption.

Disciplines: engineering, 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

Do diners waste more food when they know leftovers will go to a composting facility? If so, what interventions might be effective at changing behavior?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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

Disciplines: engineering

Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

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

What are the bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences