Astrophysics Research Assistant to Dr. Mark Rast, LASP at University of Colorado Boulder - Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
almost 2 years ago
First of all, take the python data analysis courses. You need to be moderately comfortable with a coding language and analysis techniques but know that you will still always be learning how to code more efficiently and how to analyze data more effectively. Then, look into what their research is already in and see if it's a good fit. You can also propose a different project and see if they have interest in tackling it with you. Most importantly though, think about why you want to do research and then be honest with whatever advisor you're interviewing with. If you just want hands on experience, that's fine. If you just are doing it because you need a job, this may not be a good fit. On most projects, you'll have support but you will be more autonomous than you may expect very quickly and if you think of it as just work it is hard to self-motivate digging deeper and finding interesting paths to delve into in the project.