I am an undergraduate who has a very impressive resume in applied physics related to lasers and ultrafast optics but my major is going to be in the aerospace field. I want to do research in an aerospace field but I have very little coursework or experience in that field. My resume shows that I am good at picking up advanced topics fairly quickly.

Would I have a shot at a research spot in university research lab in aerospace even though I have very little experience in it?

EDIT: I am looking for an unpaid internship in a lab where I can hopefully get co-authored in as an undergraduate (next fall).

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    a research spot in aerospace company or research lab?
    – Nobody
    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:35
  • research lab under a professor at the university
    – astroboyy
    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:36
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    And what do you mean by research spot? doing a PhD after undergrad? paid research assistant work? an unpaid internship? Mar 9, 2016 at 5:42
  • edited the comment
    – astroboyy
    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:45
  • I am not in aerospace .They dont really do that in my country .I had a research spot in 1986 as an undergrad .I got co-authored on our paper .I quickly discovered that I was the only undergrad with a research job in my neck of the woods .I was actually a repeat student . So yes it is possible . I new that the little job was a priviledge so I pulled finger .
    – Autistic
    Mar 9, 2016 at 10:39

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Yes, that seems reasonable. Start knocking on faculty doors.

  • When knocking on faculty doors, does that mean actually physically meeting them, or emailing them? I tried emailing but it seems very ineffective.
    – astroboyy
    Mar 13, 2016 at 21:56
  • Try both. Minimum length comment. Mar 14, 2016 at 1:56

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