Volunteering to do research remotely
In attempts to strengthen my grad school application, I got the idea of emailing people who do area in the field I am interested in and volunteer to help them out with research remotely. What does everyone think about this?
My reasoning behind this decision is that
- It would strengthen my grad school application
- It would confirm my interest in he field
- I still need to continue working, so I couldnt commit to showing up somewhere but I could work from home on weekends / nights
- I am pretty set on the area I want to do research in and there is no professor that does this research within a commutable distance from where I live (and moving is not an option right now)
I am tempted to email professors and volunteer, but I am scared this will come off in a wrong way and I will later hurt my chances when applying to grad school at these institutions in a year.
What are everyone's thoughts?