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.

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

How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

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

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Propose an internal carbon pricing scheme for the University with the aim of shifting institutional and/or individual behaviors. 

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Perform a thermal camera assessment on cold days to identify thermal leaks.

Topics: energy, buildings
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

Evaluate the baseline heat island effects on the University and investigate cost-effective methods for reducing those effects (e.g. lighter colored asphalt installed at Grounds and Building storage area vs normal asphalt).

Disciplines: engineering

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