<p>I am really hoping to compete in the Siemens Competition next year and I have no idea of how to start. I have decided that I would conduct research in Biochemistry, so that would mostly mean I would need to work in an established lab to work with live tissue.</p>
<pre><code> I am uncertain of what to do: I want to come up with my own topic, but the chances of a lab accepting my idea is slim. Another alternative is to start at a budding lab and ask for permission to submit their project to Siemens. Would the latter be a better idea?
<p>I also have a few targeted question:<br>
1)As a beginning researcher, how much background research do I need? So in the field of Biochemistry, do I need to have read all of the undergrad + some of the graduate curriculum?
2) What are the chances that an established lab will take me as an assistant when most post-grad have trouble too?
3) Do researchers generally feel annoyed when a student asks to submit their project for a competition?
4) Where would be a good place to start when searching for a topic?
5) How difficult would it be to find a lab with similar goals that would support my research idea?</p>