Hi guys, I really want to engage in some undergrad research this year but I have some queries. 1. If I wanted to apply for the summer what is the ideal date to ask the professor or set up a meeting? After Christmas Break when I get results back? 2. My Uni does mostly work in Solid State Physics. If I were to apply to Grad School for Fluid Mechanics or another area of condensed matter, and had done research in the area of Solid State physics, would this hurt my chances or should I count my blessings that I got research at all.. 3. Fluid Mechanics seems interesting but the Physics Dept. at my uni doesn't do any research in the field but the Engineering Dept. does A LOT of work in the field. How would grad schools look upon research done in the Engineering Dept. or do they even care as long there's something done? Thanks.