After sitting around on my butt for two years, I think I've figured out what area(s) of interest I'd like to get into. I'm hoping to start by looking around for a suitable opportunity/project that is ongoing here. Step I is around the corner and MS-III begins soon thereafter. Anyone have tips for a research-newbie about good ways to fit research experience into the next couple of years? How much time were you able to commit, and how much real work were you able to do?