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.

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

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Monitor and analyze water levels in stormwater retention basins under athletic fields to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing flooding

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Conduct a full economic analysis of green roofs to evaluate their dollar savings, including: Protection from UV radiation, temperature volatility/HVAC costs, stormwater runoff, air quality, CO2 sequestration, biodiversity, aesthetics. Use data on soil moisture, rainfall, and other meteorological parameters from the Butler green roofs.

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Incorporate mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Research and design local carbon offset projects in NJ, such as local tree planting, as potential solutions to achieve the University’s next carbon reduction goal

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Study campus roofs for viability of adding solar panels (e.g. Baker Rink, Dillon Gym) and/or test new photovoltaic technology

Topics: energy, buildings

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 behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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