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.

What are the most effective mechanisms to encourage University faculty, staff and commuting students to utilize public transportation, bicycles, and walking to get to and from campus?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences

Develop a CartShare app, similar to the Zagster bikeshare program app, as a fleet management tool to allow students and staff to more easily find and reserve available golf carts. 

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: engineering

Investigate the relationship between fuel prices and transportation-mode choice of University faculty, staff, and commuting students.

Disciplines: social sciences

Use your design skills to think about how Princeton might communicate and enact its sustainability initiatives more effectively through e.g. signage, logos, iconography, and so on.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Assist Transportation Parking Services with evaluating parking garage and lot usage to determine the price at which a parking fee would encourage University faculty and staff traveling in single occupancy vehicles to switch to alternative modes of transport to and from campus. [Potential to use sensors to measure garage/lot occupancy]

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences