How can a high school student, such as myself gain research experience? I'm not talking about anything overly impressive. Im just talking about possibly doing something along the lines of a research mentor-ship with a physicist from a local university or something. Am i already asking too much? How do other people that get admitted into top universities such as Cal-tech obtain research experience? I know about the summer research programs, but those seem extremely competitive. Would it be weird to email a professor at a local university see what is available? or would they just completely ignore me? Some background information: im a sophomore, and have already completed all the calculus courses available to me, have already done the physics, and I am looking to get more out of my spare time.