<p>Here is a little background information...
-Mathematics major/ Computer Science minor.
-Highest level of math - Calculus II (currently enrolled).</p>
<pre><code> I attend Montclair State University (northern New Jersey). The reason why I am only in Calculus 2 as a sophomore is because I didn't attend college for 4 years after I graduated. I first went to community college for a year and started at College Algebra. I had a 4.0 GPA at my community college and after one semester at my university, I have a 3.4 (the grades from community college do not transfer).
Ok, now to get to the reason for this post; After I complete my Bachelor's degree, I want to attend graduate school for a Master's degree in Mathematics. So, in order to better my chances, and for my love of mathematics, I want to begin conducting research. The problem...I don't have the slightest idea on where I begin! First of all, I don't even know what I would even want to research. Lastly, I feel that I am not even prepared for the task (only being in Calc 2).
So, what do I do? I want to ask a professor if there is any way I can become involved to gain experience and maybe figure out an area I would be interested in researching, but I have had only two different math teachers. The first was my Calc 1 teacher from last semester ( I had no kind of relationship with him), and the second teacher is my current Calc 2 professor (the semester just started, so I haven't had a chance to make myself known). Next semester I am taking Calc 3, Linear Algebra, Data Structures, Statistics, and Transition to Advanced Math. I want to start getting some research experience now before I enter my Junior year.
Should I email all the professors in the Math department and ask if I can assist them in anyway in their research, even though they haven't had me as a student? Is that normal?
<p>So my questions are, 1.) Am I able to begin research at my level of studies? 2.) How do I go about finding a professor to guide me? 3.) Are there any online math journals that are not too advanced that I can read to get some ideas?</p>
<p>Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Sorry for being all over the place, but I am very confused.</p>
<p>P.s Any advice is welcome :) Thank you!!</p>