Before going off to college, I'd really like to do some physics-related research at a local university. I'm really excited about the idea of physics, and I can do math very proficiently. The problem is, I have no prior experience in research other than labs done in high school science classes. What kind of experience do you need for professors to accept you as an assistant? I heard that you need an undergraduate degree to really do anything. Here is my letter that I'm emailing to some professors. Please critique. "Hello Dr. _____, My name is _______, and I am a recent graduate of ____ High School. I will be attending ______ University, majoring in materials science engineering. Your work in ____________ greatly interests me. I would really like to acquire more lab experience in this area. I will learn any background knowledge required of me to help contribute to your research. I would like to help you as a volunteer. Attached is my transcript and a recommendation letter. Please let me know if you would consider meeting me and accepting my offer. Thank you, ________"