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.

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

Disciplines: social 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

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

What is the effect of "living walls" on indoor air quality? Use sensors to monitor the indoor air quality in the Office of Sustainability's trailer, comparing the West side (with wall plants) vs East side (no wall plants).

Topics: buildings
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Incorporate weather-normalized data into the residential college ranking on the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

View research opportunities with the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) to tackle challenges around food and sustainable development

Topics: energy, buildings, food, water
Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, 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

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

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

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