I worked with a professor over the summer where I explored a slightly original avenue in a fairly niche domain. Basically, I ran simulations that validate previous lab experiment results. The work also explored a slightly new scenario in the domain, and I also conducted a parameter study.
As far as I know (which is very little, although I have tried my best to go through the relevant literature), nobody has published the simulation results before, but only experimental and theoretical. My professor did say at the beginning of the REU that he has no idea what to expect for the results since they have not been done before. I am also not aware of any parameter studies regarding this (which is again, not saying much).
I don't think my results are publishable as is, but I think I could refine them, and they could probably be interesting. My professor was happy with the work.
How do I broach the idea of a possible publication for my work with him, if at all? I am at a disadvantage for grad school since I will be switching fields, and my country does not have many resources for research, so I could not conduct a whole lot of it in my early undergrad years. So, I need to try and get a publication to make a case for myself in grad admissions.
But I worry that:
- such a suggestion could look naive
- or worse, he might think I am in it just for a publication and I don't think much of our research otherwise (which is not true of course)
- he may not want to collaborate with me after the summer (which is soon)
Note: In case it matters, this was an online REU and the professor is German. The field is Physics.