Tristan Amaral, a sophomore University Honors Program student from Warner, New Hampshire, is pursuing a bachelor of science in geology at the University of New Hampshire. For the summer of 2012, he was awarded a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant to conduct research under the tutelage of Dr. William Clyde. In doing so, Tristan was able to gain background in historic climate change events, in which he is interested. Tristan is grateful for the wealth of experience that participating in REAP offered; he gained technical skills and knowledge of the research process in general. “I learned you must be patient. Rarely is the quick way to get an answer the correct way, and it is much better to conduct research in a measured and comprehensive manner,” Tristan said. “Mistakes and dead-ends are common but should never discourage you.” He chose to contribute to Inquiry because he wanted to share what conducting research was like as an undergraduate at UNH.