Believe it or not, your professors are human. They have interests, passions, and lives outside of lectures. Having a connection with a professor is one of the most valuable networking opportunities available for you at college. If you think a professors research is interesting, tell them.
Learn about it, read their publications, and ask if you could come to their office hours to ask a few questions about it. Professors usually study and publish research on things they love and are passionate about, and they will be happy to talk to someone who is also interested in the topic.
You never know, there might be a position available for an undergrad in their research group that they could hook you up with, which would connect you with even more influential people in the space and provide untold opportunities.
Contributor: Veronica Schofield from veronicaschofield.com