This is one of my favorite things to tell people when I am leading them around the Berkeley campus on my tours because it is one my favorite things that I do here. I get to the part of the tour that talks about research opportunities (which happens to be in front of our giant T-Rex fossil exhibit, come check it out!) and I get to impress everyone by telling them about my own research position. “I work for a Ph.D candidate who studies pollinator evolution in Yosemite,” I say. To most people, that doesn’t mean much, so I follow it by saying that I get to play with bees and butterflies and call it scientific research. For six hours a week, and two units of class credit through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP), I get to participate directly in hands on research.