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09/04/2020 at 06:32AM

What’s the best time for a high school student to email college professors for research positions?

I’m looking to go neuroscience research at one of my local universities and I’m planning on cold emailing a bunch of professors. I was wondering if this is the best time of the year for that. Of course, everything will be done digitally until it’s safe to be in person.

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09/04/2020 at 05:03PM

Well, you will likely have a hard time being able to do this during covid. Professors most likely won't have anything for you to do virtually. Most of this type of research is done in labs and typically you'll only be able to observe or do basic tasks to help out. So I'd wait until the covid situation gets better and you can be in the lab. My local universities had in fact suspended all these high school research positions. You can check with your local universities/professors but this will likely be the situation for you. For these research positions though, people typically do them during the summer when they have more time. Its quite hard to balance school work while helping in a lab. So I'd wait until next summer when hopefully covid gets better to do this. If you do want to give it shot though, you can email professors anytime and ask them. See what they say and follow up with them if you cant do it right now.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@cynn.thetic09/04/2020 at 08:02PM

Do you think it’s still worth reaching out now or it’s a waste of time?

@Lebron09/04/2020 at 08:59PM [edited]

Most likely professors will say no because they can't really allow you to work in a lab and there is not much for you to do virtually. It doesn't hurt to ask though and they may tell you if you could be able to help in the future. If so be sure to follow up with them

@dianechen09/26/2020 at 04:06PM

what about research in the humanities or social sciences that wouldn't require a physical lab?