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.

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

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

What is the difference between the quality of harvested rainwater compared to domestic water? Are the impacts on plants of each different over time?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences

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

How is climate affecting the physiology of tree species? Assist the Campus Tree Research Group in monitoring metrics of tree health over time to determine whether there is a correlation between changing climate patterns and tree health or decline.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: natural sciences

How do artificial athletic turf fields compare in temperature to natural grass athletic fields? Is there a significant difference in heat profiles?

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

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