Hello. It seems that a demand of renowned international graduate colleges is having research experience and even publications in your undergraduate years. How does one actually get to this? Does one simply contact a professor and offer their services? I've only had the first year of bachelor in Physics (total of 3 years), so I just can't imagine I could be of any use to a Theoretical Physicist (as theoretical physics is my own interest). I'm thrilled by the sound of doing my own research in the field (under a professor), but at this point it seems like offering my services would seem like nothing but sucking-up, as there's nothing subtantial to offer. I hope I'm wrong on this, cause that's not something I'm willing to do: I do physics because I love it and making it all look like a competition would ruin it, and I do pass for that. Thanks for all insights on the matter!