Nikki Peterson did not intend to get a degree in Geography, but while she was in her first physical Geography class, Hurricane Katrina was in the news. She soon discovered that all the curiosities she had about the hurricane, from the environmental conditions that developed it to the reasons people choose to stay in a particular place, were topics of interest to geographers. Four years later, she is on track to get a B.S. degree in Geography. As a McNair scholar, Nikki is working on a research project, “Localism and Northern Nevada Microbreweries,” which she has presented at the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers meeting in October 2009. She aspires to earn a Ph.D. and become a university professor.