-A lot of cc'ers who posted questions about contacting professors said they were searching for a mentor to help them on a project. What if I do not have such a project? (the one I was working on for a science competition ended this month and did not allow university/college mentors, other than your science teacher)
I've been thinking for quite a bit about how to answer this question, so here's my answer:
1. Start by knowing what subject you want to do e.g. biology, political science, art history, etc.
2. Read about the different fields in that subject. In biology, you could go into botany, cell research, etc. You get the idea.
3. Find professors near your home (you don't really want to travel too far) who most closely match your interests. Try to find a few because you wouldn't know whether they would accept you.
-If I do not have a project, do I ask for an opportunity to become a lab/research assistant? Would this be an internship or a volunteer position?
You could try what I mentioned earlier in this post or you could ask to be a lab assistant. I don't really like the idea of a lab assistant because it sounds a lot like you would be washing test-tubes haha.
I don't understand the relevance of the second part of your question.
(I know this is a stupid question, but I am still very confused) |
Do I look for professors in colleges/universities that focus particularly on research, or just any college?
Also, 082349 mentioned earlier about approaching the newer professors. How do you determine if he/she is new and therefore more willing to accept an assistant?
No questions are stupid, you should ask any questions you have now. (:
Like I said earlier, "Any college will probably do just that they should have the necessary resources!" You really wouldn't want to conduct research in a college which doesn't have the right equipment.
Newer professors are younger. You should be able to tell by looking at their CV, usually.