I'm a sophomore in physics and I asked my physics professor about helping him with his research in his astrophysics group. I would be involved in his astrophysics research while being a student at the university. Now I've never been a research assistant to any physics project before, but I know the research I will be conducting won't be similar to the research activity that goes on in the REU program. I also have no idea of how to approach my professor to tell him how I will assist in the Astrophysics group he has formed. I like astrophysics , I just don't know how to contribute to the astrophysics team. What should I expect to be contributing to the group as a first time student research position. As I stated before, this isn't REU where research activity is fulltime only be a small part of my schedule this fall, sort of similar to having a part time job I guess.