So, ive been in community college for a year now and my original plan was to get out of here in 2 years as fast as I could. Tonight, I just met with a part time professor here and I have the opportunity to take part in some research with him and another student (or 2). This honestly sounds too good to be true. He has a BS in EE and a PHD in astronomy and I guess revolutionized computerized telescopes in the late 70's. Anyways, he mentioned that one of his students at the CC was able to publish and a few have co-authored. Here is the thing, I am not completely interested in astronomy. Nor do I know much about it. I know I was fascinated by all of it as a child which brought me want to major in physics and mathematics in the first place. My interests now are more geared toward theoretical and plasma physics. I am sure any research experience will help me, but I am just extremely nervous because I literally have no idea how I plan to contribute to his research....I am just barely starting calculus this summer and have no formal physics background. Any advice from anyone?