Hello PF! I've come here for help again. I am entering as a freshman this fall, and I really, really want to participate in a research as soon as I can. However, I am aware of my lack of knowledge in physics, research techniques and utilities and such. What can I do to prepare for research? I have taken only calc-based physics 1 so far. And I am in a very large state university, and although I LOVE it here, at some point in time I am planning to transfer to a more competitive university in physics. How would class material compare between a large state university and a top university known for rigorous coursework (say, Cornell for example)? I wish to prepare for it as well. Thank you in advance!