Hello everyone, I was just wanting some opinions, and advice would be even better. I'm a physics major, at a good university. GPA 3.3 and will be raised after this semester. my LOR will be average, I have one professor I took for several classes that knows me well. haven't taken GRE yet, I am just about to finish my junior year, and will take it later this year. My problem is, I haven't been able to get any research experience. I have tried to get into research at my university, but every spot is already filled up, and are always full. The REU's isn't an option for me, as I am 25 years old, and have obligations, I cant just up and leave for a summer. Will my years in the work force be something that can help, as it shows I have at least experience in "real" life with strong work ethic? Is a Phd program out of the question for me? Someone mentioned apply for smaller and less known grad schools, but do anyone know of any of these less known grad school in Florida?