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 are beliefs and practices around sustainability for religious students on campus different (or similar) from the sustainability beliefs and practices of their parents, and generations before?

Disciplines: Religion

What should Princeton’s energy sources and infrastructure look like in 2046? Provide evidence-based recommendations to the campus energy team for which sustainable energy options we should plan to use to power campus in the future.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics

Design an app that tells users whether or not a certain item is recyclable in a given location (e.g., some types of plastic are recyclable on campus but not in the Municipality of Princeton).

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Computer Science, Environmental Studies

Analyze microbes present in campus storm water runoff and make recommendations about storm water management practice that could improve runoff quality.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Chemistry, Molecular Biology

What is the environmental impact of bonfires on campus? Are there more environmentally friendly but still culturally salient ways to celebrate as a campus community?

Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Sociology

What messages, if any, do current campus physical and social infrastructures send about a sustainability ethos on campus? How can campus best cultivate an atmosphere of powerful daily experiences that embody sustainability?

Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, English, Environmental Studies, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Which themes found in past or modern plays apply to shaping a sustainable campus and sustainable communities?

Disciplines: Theatre

How do ancient and/or modern religious scholarship inform how sustainability should be practiced on Princeton’s campus?

Disciplines: Religion