Hi everyone, I need a bit of guidance. I am Canadian (in case you cannot tell from title) and I am a second year student, a math/physics student. I would like to participate in math research in the summer. Here are my problems. 1. I go to a very very small university, with only a handful of profs (say 10 profs at most and most of them are on holidays, including my program advisor) and I need a supervisor. I've asked around and it seemed that USRA are very rare as that only 3rd years + are favored over everyone. While I have been getting As in all my math classes, I am not sure if they are looking for quantity or quality of classes. I should also note that my average for this term is close to 85% (first year had a 80%, but I was ill for some time, missed a few lectures and first term suffered. I made comeback with second term) 2. Since there are only small handful of profs in my university and not being a 3rd year is really disadvantage. I am looking to do research in another university. The thing, I don't know HOW to ask profs from other provinces. I hear profs get generally at least 10 emails about research everyday and while I want to talk in person, I simply cannot. I thought of including a CV and briefly in the email talk about my interest in their research (I am not sure if they even care), but I arrived at the problem of a "empty" CV. Looking at my prof's CV, mine is completely empty. I have so little to put that I am afraid adding it will hurt my chances. 3. The other day I called and emailed NSERC about my application on transcripts, it has been over two weeks and they never responded or "i am not sure" (should I mention they even charged me for a long distance call!) Does anyone know what transcripts they want? I am referring to Form 202 I. Are there any additional advice you could give me? I'll clarify if needed, thank you to you all. I'll try to get back in as often, because I don't have Internet for a 3 weeks and I have use the library.