Last night, at the poster session that closes the program for the year, Thomas won the McKenna Award for Best Project. The college will send him and two others to an AAAS conference to present his results.
The school website doesn't have the details on this year's winners yet, but you can see what the program is about.
Summer Research Program
If you really want to see how science works in the short term, go read his LJ. It ain't pretty.