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.

How do religious beliefs or lack thereof, of students, staff, and/or faculty on campus interact with their behaviors related to sustainability?

Disciplines: Religion

Help us visualize campus data to create ethnographies of sustainability on campus.

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Anthropology

What are the economic, quality of life, and/or social justice impacts of Princeton’s purchasing, consumption, and waste of food on surrounding communities?

Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Politics, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Assess forested areas of campus for species diversity and make recommendations to the campus planning team about best practices for preserving ecological integrity as campus expands

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

What should Princeton’s energy sources and infrastructure look like in 2046? Provide evidence-based recommendations to the campus energy team for which sustainable energy options we should plan to use to power campus in the future.

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

How could the operations of Princeton’s biodigester be enhanced to reduce environmental impact?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics

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

Which themes of modern urban literature apply to shaping a sustainable campus?

Disciplines: English