I was able to get a glimpse of what real research looks like, from idea to published work.
Between my 3rd and 4th year I carried out a project at the Royal Observatory (ROE) supervised by Dr. Duncan Forgan funded by the Cormack scholarship. This project was comparing different methods of exploring the galaxy with a probe, and exploring the travel time differences. The project was heavily computational and I learned a lot about programming and doing research in the progress. The results of this project were published in a paper, so I was able to get a glimpse of what real research looks like, from idea to published work. I got this project by asking members of staff if they were willing to supervise a summer project, and then I applied for the scholarship.
The following summer I undertook a project supervised by Prof. Alan Shotter regarding designing a Solar and spectral telescope. I was happy to be able to do an experimental project to accommodate my gaps in experimental methods. This project was funded by the RAS (Royal Astronomical Society) and is now available as a Senior Honours project.