This summer, 11 Valpo students are working with the Physics & Astronomy Faculty on their research projects. These positions come with a stipend and free on-campus housing. Most importantly, they provide students with the opportunity to do current research on compelling issues in science such as: how do protons get their characteristics? Is there new physics hiding in the structure of the neutron? How do stars die? How do planetary nebulae get their shapes? These research students are just starting out in physics and astronomy; faculty mentors guide them through learning the basics of the physics and help them learn the experimental, coding, data analysis, communication, and other skills to make meaningful contributions to the state of knowledge of our universe.