Hello, I'm a physics BS and I'm considering pursuing a graduate degree. Ideally I'd like to pursue a PhD in physics, and I'd like a reality check on my chances of admission. What's really putting a damper on things is my mediocre GPA - 2.81 . I'm well aware that this hurts me lots on graduate school admissions. However, I got 800 on the maths portion of the general GRE, and 810 on the physics subject test. I also got lots good technical work experience during my summers as an undergrad - as an AutoCAD operator, a stint as a process engineering test technician, and a stint as a civil engineering test technician. I am currently doing (well at) a 6 month post Bach position at a gov't lab which should get me some good letters of rec and work experience. As another con though, during the academic year as an undergrad I never did any extra curricular research with any of the professors, except my own undergrad thesis project which I pretty much soloed (a numerical analysis project). Anyway, is getting admitted to a physics PhD programme currently an unrealistic ambition for me? Or should I try to rack up more work experience, try for a master's, and go from there as my next step? Please be blunt! Thanks!