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.

Develop a robot to detect water or energy leakages in buildings

Topics: energy, water
Disciplines: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Robotics

Conduct a Life-Cycle Analysis of strawberries grown hydroponically in the Princeton Vertical Farm versus field-grown strawberries in different soil types.

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

Develop a tool to help visualize interactions between complex campus systems, e.g. energy and water use, transportation and storm water runoff, purchasing and waste, etc.

Disciplines: Anthropology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre

Apply game theory to sustainability challenges

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

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

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