Avery Normandin, of Manchester, New Hampshire, is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology. A member of the University Honors Program, he is earning minors in biomedical science and art history. He chose to attend the University of New Hampshire after participating in UNH’s Summer Youth Music School for three years. He thought he might study violin performance, but after taking an introductory biology class, knew he wanted to continue in the sciences. In the summer of 2012, a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research allowed him to study the genomic basis of beneficial host/microbe interactions between squid and a type of bacteria. He continues this research by working in a UNH lab with Dr. Cheryl Whistler. When not in the lab, Avery enjoys playing violin in the UNH Symphony Orchestra and in Divertimento, a student-led orchestra. He joined the Inquiry team because he wanted to get involved in undergraduate research “in any way possible.” Avery will graduate in May 2015, at which point he will consider attending graduate school for molecular biology. His interest is in immunology and protein engineering.