This is my first post, so I apologize if I do something incorrectly. I am a first year pre-med (and have read far too much of the hilarious 'most ridiculous things pre-meds have said' board to not be a little scared to post) looking to get my foot in the door with research early, even if it's something as simple as inputing data into a computer. Gotta start somewhere! However, I have found it difficult to find an opportunity. I have not yet had professors I can approach regarding their research and try to get in on it. There are also lists at both hospitals in my city of MD's and the research project they are currently doing, with phone numbers. Is it rude to call and leave a short and sweet message, explaining that you're a pre-med student interested in research, and if there is any opportunity now or in the future, that I'd be greatful, etc etc. I suppose I'm asking what the courtesy is on this, of being a go-getter vs. intrusive and rude. Also what you would suggest to get into a research opportunity. Thank you!