I'm a rising sophomore in high school. I live in Upstate NY, and there are some local universities that are fairly well known for research. URochester and RIT are the two main ones.
I've always been really interested in science, and I want to conduct independent research, and hopefully be able to enter some science competitions. However, to be entirely honest, I'm really afraid of emailing professors asking for help
I don't have any connections, although I might be able to talk to my chemistry teacher, but in the meantime, I really have no connections. My family is fairly new to this area, and it's really frustrating to me when people who I know who are doing research solely for college apps, get to research because of connections.
I drafted an email and showed it to a junior friend of mine, and he was really discouraging and said that usually professors don't want to work with high school students either. At my school we have an internship program, and I can try setting something up through that, but again, I'm afraid that the person who manages it will reject me because I'm 'too young'.
Currently, I'm taking biology and chemistry at school, and studying Calculus, organic chemistry, and physics online through MIT opencourseware. Do you experts have any suggestions for me?
I'm feeling extremely discouraged and disappointed right now