Hi all, I am a senior this year getting ready to take the PGRE and apply to grad schools but I must confess I am a bit nervous. Up until about 6 months ago I wasn't even sure I wanted to pursue physics as a career, I have been studying it mainly because I enjoy the subject & figured I could get a good job with a physics and a math degree. However, things do change and I am working on applying to grad schools. I am most concerned about my absolute lack of research experience (I do have a 'real life' and since I hadn't ever planned on going to grad school I never carved out summer time to do REU kinds of things :uhh:), but I intend to be a theorist so maybe that won't hurt as much as I think? Anyhow, here's a brief profile... I am wondering (given a decent PGRE score) what kind of schools I might be able to get into. - Overall GPA of 3.99, 4.0 in Physics, 4.0 in Math. Top of class alone in Physics, but a small program. - Working this year on an undergraduate thesis in Quantum Optics that will hopefully turn into something that can be published (working on this one w/supervising prof) - No research or publications so far. - Various physics scholarships, math scholarships, and Honors scholarships. With a decent (700-800 at least, I hope) PGRE do I have a good chance of getting into a decent grad school? I am at least hoping to have a chance to get into NC State or Duke here in NC, but would like to aim even higher. Is this realistic? Thanks!