EHP students are required to complete and defend a research thesis by April of senior year. You can start as early as your sophomore year, working for a minimum of two semesters with a faculty mentor. You may work on campus during the academic year or during the summer at a participating national laboratory or with an industry partner off campus. Most important, the topic of your research is your call. (The basic topic must be approved by the EHP, but the rest is up to you.) You decide what most interests you and then work with your faculty adviser how best to approach it.