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.

Use data about energy systems on campus to understand energy use over time. Plot energy use from different campus systems relative to the academic year or a smaller period of time. Do usage patterns exist?

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Design several recycling signs with different messaging. Which most effectively reduces contamination in recycling bins and reduces landfill waste?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Evaluate the feasibility of use of water recovery from sewage for irrigation purposes (regulations, permits, etc).

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Design an app that incorporates campus-wide data to compare individual energy use with average use and encourage individuals to track their energy consumption.

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Access research questions (.pdf) on the long-term monitoring and data analysis of the Washington Stream Restoration.

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Propose a cost-benefit analysis for issues like stormwater management, analyzing different alternatives and the impact on broader systems.

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Incorporate community buildings in downtown Princeton into the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

What zero-waste strategies for large campus events (e.g. Reunions) or for daily operations in selected buildings are the most effective?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences