I will be graduating in one year with a B.A in math. I do plan to transfer to graduate school in area of statistics. The problem is I have no analysis or abstract algebra background since I will be taking those this next semester and I would like to do a "research project (I am interested in nonlinear dynamics)" under the guidance of a professor. Right now I am trying to talk to professors that would give consent. I've been reading on a lot of other forums of how research is important to get into graduate school which is making me quite anxious at this point. Luckily I am on summer vacation so whatever I need to do I have plenty of time to acquire some background. And I am also particularly confused on what undergraduate research really is? I know it involves writing a journal and trying to get it published. I've taken a look at some and they require some high caliber math which I feel is a bit out of my reach at this point. Should I become familiar with nonlinear dynamics as much as I can or wait until a professor is willing to guide me?