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.

As Princeton embarks on plans for a new art museum that will serve generations of Princeton students to come, which infrastructural and experiential features should it embody to connect visitors to the vision for sustainability on campus in 2046?

Disciplines: Art & Archeology, Psychology

What impacts of climate change should Princeton expect to see in 2046, and what should we be doing now to prepare?

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Physics

Which themes found in past or modern plays apply to shaping a sustainable campus and sustainable communities?

Disciplines: Theatre

Are bathroom hand dryers bad for human health? Corroborate or dispute past studies with ties to the paper industry that paper towels are more effective than hand dryers at reducing the spread of germs.

Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

How do ancient and/or modern religious scholarship inform how sustainability should be practiced on Princeton’s campus?

Disciplines: Religion

How do Princeton's purchasing, consumption, waste, and other interactions with surrounding communities contribute to a narrative of environmental justice or injustice?

Disciplines: Anthropology

Conduct a before-and-after study of renovations to the Frist Gallery food waste disposal area. Test whether upgrades to the area (tentatively planned for March 2019) result in less contamination of the compost or recycling streams, ease of access of the new system, or other variables.

Topics: food, water
Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Psychology, Robotics, Sociology

Design prototype energy storage and generation devices that can be deployed on campus to enhance our microgrid.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Robotics

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