Hello First off, a little background information. I'm a second year physics major planning to go to grad school, so I'm looking to start doing research (preferably this summer). The trouble is, I've only taken intro physics courses so far and am not close enough to any professors to ask for recommendation letters (most REUs seem to look for students in their junior year and ask for at least two letters). Now, my advisor gave me a list of a few professors to ask about doing research with, one of which is my current professor. I was planning on asking him if I could do research with him this summer. But I heard that professors don't really like to be asked about such things and, given my current level, he (and the others) may not have a place for me right now. I suppose my question is, what are my chances of getting to do some research? Should I just wait until I'm better qualified? What sort of research could I do during my junior year with classes and everything? Many thanks for any replies.