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.

Which themes of modern urban literature apply to shaping a sustainable campus?

Disciplines: English

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

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

Disciplines: Theatre

Assess forested areas of campus for species diversity and make recommendations to the campus planning team about best practices for preserving ecological integrity as campus expands

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

Which interventions are most effective at reducing contamination in the recycling stream?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Psychology

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

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

Disciplines: Religion

Conduct a before-and-after study of renovations to the Frist Gallery food waste disposal area. Test whether upgrades to the area (tentatively planned for March 2019) result in less contamination of the compost or recycling streams, ease of access of the new system, or other variables.

Topics: food, water
Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Psychology, Robotics, Sociology