When Should I Research?
You should become involved in research whenever you are interested in researching and have the time to do it. Throughout the year there are opportunities for students of all levels to participate in research and many students become involved early in their academic careers.
Beginning research as a freshman or sophomore allows you to develop your research skills, preparing you for positions which require advanced skills. At the same time, starting research in the early stages of your college education allows you to explore different fields or several areas of one field and discover what interests you most.