The end product!! Researchers can often feel like unsung heroes since it is a lot of independent work and only you really know how much progress you are making and what little discoveries you are finding. When I was writing my thesis paper, there were many quiet and long nights in the library and computer lab - working by myself - note-taking and highlighting away. Once you begin putting your notes into paragraphs and those paragraphs become pages and you really see your work coming together - that is when things really become exciting and you start feeling that sense of accomplishment. If you are lucky, you will be able to present your work to a team of people - professors, friends, family - and they will follow up with questions, comments, compliments. That is when you look back and know all that time was well spent!!