I presently work in a facilities-type role at a small Liberal Arts college.
One of the benefits of working at the college is the ability to take two classes per academic-year (not including summer or winter terms).
I have a BS in Economics from a larger university as well as a pretty broad quantitative background and I'm interested in taking classes in mathematics, statistics, and computer science (they have an MSCS program here).
What I'm wondering is this:
How likely would it be for me to become involved in research projects?
Would it be odd for a staff member taking a few classes to ask about doing research with a faculty member?
I'm hoping to pad my resume a bit for acceptance into a PhD or MS in Applied Math program down the line; but, I'm wondering if it's worth getting my hopes up about doing research even though I'm just a staff member taking classes.