Undergraduate Thomas Kiely has recently published part of his undergraduate thesis as a regular article in Physical Review A, one of the premiere physics journals. Thomas' research is on quantum spins and magnetism and examined the relationship between one quantum model for magnetism called the XY model and another called the transverse field Ising model. Both models have been investigated on quantum simulators that employ trapped ions, and the relationship between these models was employed in the experiments. Thomas' work showed details for precisely how the two models inter-relate and more importantly also showed when they start to deviate from each other. His work was co-authored with Prof. Freericks, who is Thomas' thesis adviser. Thomas began working on this project as a freshman and participatedin both the GUROP program and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. The article can be found at Phys. Rev. A 97, 023611 (2018).