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.

Investigate approaches to stimulating and financing new on- and off-campus renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind power or solar arrays, to aid in the University’s low-carbon planning effort 

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

How can the University reduce waste associated with materialistic giveaways while still fostering a sense of community?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Collect baseline data on dorm waste left behind during move-out, both through empirical analysis of the waste, and qualitative surveys, to greater clarify and inform the need for a more reliable, less economically challenging avenue of dorm item management.

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

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

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

What combination of natural products and synthetics is optimal for sustainable and effective landscape management?

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: natural sciences

Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for building a recycling center on campus

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences