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.

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

How do religious beliefs or lack thereof, of students, staff, and/or faculty on campus interact with their behaviors related to sustainability?

Disciplines: Religion

Are bathroom hand dryers bad for human health? Corroborate or dispute past studies with ties to the paper industry that paper towels are more effective than hand dryers at reducing the spread of germs.

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

Develop a tool to help visualize interactions between complex campus systems, e.g. energy and water use, transportation and storm water runoff, purchasing and waste, etc.

Disciplines: Anthropology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre

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 are some possible impacts of geoengineering on Princeton’s campus and community?

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences

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

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