I'm an international student in a master program in applied math department in the United States. There are two ways that I have known in which the person like me can find the research opportunities:
- Independent research: do it on your own. Is it common for most math students to do research in this way?
- Research for the master thesis: As I know, the credits for the master program in applied math in my school are mainly for courses. You will not do research until you are writing thesis.
What else opportunities can a math student like me have for doing research?
take a look at projectnudge.com. They have a website that allows researchers to post and apply to research opportunities. I think in your case you can post a statement that you are a master's student interested in XXX and looking for collaborators to write a paper. If you want a collaborator who is a grad student or interested in a particular topic, just say so in your post.