Hi all. I'm a high school senior. After a lot of reading through this forum I have noticed that a lot of people do undergrad research. This is a completely new idea for me. I was always under the impression that research starts at grad school at the earliest. I've even noticed some high school students asking for a position. I would like to try this. I'm lucky that there is a university only 30 mins from where I live. Anyway 2 years ago I went on a week of work placement there. It was very enjoyable and I became relatively friendly with my mentor who was a technical assistant who was working on his masters. I would be willing to do the grunt work. Whatever it consists of whether it be getting the coffee, typing e-mails or staring at a thermometer for an hour. I am fairly competent in physics and I am taking an extra subject in high school equivalent to freshman classical mechanics. The only problem is I need money to pay for college. Would it be very audacious of me to ask for money? Thanks in advance.