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 can indigenous literature inform approaches to sustainability on campus?

Disciplines: English, Environmental Studies

Apply game theory to sustainability challenges

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

Apply research methods examining molecular mechanisms of efficient photosynthesis to the Princeton Vertical Farming Project.

Topics: food
Disciplines: Molecular Biology

Use a habitat integrity metric developed at Princeton, PILEA, to model how adding buildings to currently undeveloped areas of campus could alter habitat quality.

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

Assess concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere near Princeton and make predictions about impact on the local systems, e.g. prevalence of algal blooms.

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences

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

Build on a past light pollution study of campus to suggest improvements in campus lighting design to minimize disruption for wildlife and create more dark sky areas.

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

How could the operations of Princeton’s S.C.R.A.P. Lab  be enhanced to reduce environmental impact?

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

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