I will be an incoming freshman with an associate's degree, so I feel like I need to step up my game to get into medical school. Since my university requires a completion of prerequisites to participate in undergraduate research for academic credit, I could wait to do research for the following year and just be really active in community service, etc. If I do decide to do research this year, I wouldn't get any academic credit. Also, if I were to find a professor who was willing to allow me to proceed without any academic credit, what kind of research topic should I go into? I'm trying to brainstorm topics and ideas before I email these professors and I'm curious as to what anyone else has done during their undergrad career so it may possibly help form any ideas.