Quick background: I'm currently a junior (grade 11) in high school who is intending to major in math and/or physics in college. Recently, I had a conversation with a college counselor that turned to my interests in math and physics, including my independent studying of the subjects. The counselor suggested that I look into doing research in one of the areas with a local university, and she gave an example of another high school student who is currently assisting in a biology lab at the same university. I would be thrilled if I was able to contribute in some way with a research group, because I am hoping to go into research as a career. However, the more I consider the options, it seems that getting research experience in either math or physics in high school is a bit far-fetched. In this thread, math research is stated to be out of the reach of a high school student, and in this thread, physics research is shown to be similar. Thus, I tend to think that research in high school would not be reasonable, and the example of a student assisting in the biology lab, which my counselor mentioned, probably does not translate easily into math and physics (my counselor most likely did not realize this when she suggested the idea). With that said, I wanted to ask on here before I totally dismiss the idea. Does anyone consider research in high school to be a feasible path to pursue, or should I look into other options? If you do consider it feasible, how would you suggest that I go about looking for and requesting opportunities? If it is not reasonable, what other options would you suggest? I've participated in the ISEF in previous years but didn't do so well beyond my school level, and I will probably apply to the Perimeter Institute's camp this summer - are there other possibilities that I should consider? Thank you very much in advance for your insights on this matter! If information about my background knowledge/experiences would be helpful, please let me know. Briefly, I think I'm more advanced than the average high school student (I know basic calculus, linear algebra, and classical mechanics), and could put in the effort to learn some more (undergraduate) material if necessary to pursue research. Additionally, I know basic programming (C++ and some Java) that I could improve my skills on if it might be especially helpful to a researcher (I think I could complete a few programming tasks that might be just an annoyance to the others in the research group).