I wanted to get into research and so far it seems like a fairly easy process. I want to delve into the world of quantum computing, but unfortunately there are currently no professors at my school who research that topic. So I wanted to start my own research team with a professor and find a way to create a working quantum computer. I am currently a sophomore undergrad at the University of Reno. Unfortunately there are no classes that discuss such matters. I'm afraid that I do not currently posses the knowledge to start researching such a subject. Next semester I will take quantum I and solid state physics. Over the summer I will try to teach myself quantum II and read all of the lectures concerning quantum computing posted by universities such as Berkeley and such. I want to start researching as of Fall 2010. Please give my some suggestions as to what courses or subjects I should know before I hit uncharted ground in respects to Quantum Computing. Since I will be the only one doing this at my school I will have to know all the background material that a professor conducting this type of research would need to know. If you also have any other advice regarding research please let me know.