Well, I missed the NSERC deadline to try and get a grant to do research during the summer. I thought the grants were only available for natural sciences, so I didn't bother. Little do I know, I can get it and my professor recommended that I try. Anyways, I'm thinking of trying to get a research position without a grant. Professors usually hire students who have received grants because it is easier to pay them (since they already got money). So, it is still possible to get a research position as long as the professor can find the money. It may be a long shot, but I think I should try anyways. So, my question is how may I go about finding a position? I'm thinking about e-mailing professors that are in fields of my interest, and just e-mailing them directly about the possibility of getting a position. Of course, I'd have to send them my transcripts and resume if such a position is available. Is that fine? Note: I'm looking into Pure Math.