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.

Assess the effectiveness of the Revise Your Ride program at reducing single-occupancy-vehicle transportation to campus (vs. capturing existing activity of pedestrian and mass transit to campus), and recommend strategies for reducing single-occupancy vehicle transit among Princeton employees who have not joined Revise Your Ride.

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: Psychology

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

Apply game theory to sustainability challenges

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

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 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

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

What would Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions profile have to look like in order for our university to achieve carbon neutrality, and which technologies or policies will help us get there? What about for the Municipality of Princeton?

Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

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