The NSF sponsors a program called REU (research experience for undergraduates). Under the umbrella of this program, students can go to a 4-year college campus and participate in research in their field of interest (astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, cyberinfrastructure, earth science, engineering, mathematics, physics, economics, etc.).
Go to the NSF REU website and then choose a subject of interest (like mathematical sciences). You will then see a list of all the schools that are sponsoring programs. Click on the site information for that program to learn more about the timeframe and experiences for the program.
Some of the programs in Computer and Information Science sound totally fascinating. If I declare myself a freshman in computer science, do you think I could participate?
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