I go to a smaller, teaching university, and do not have much opportunity for research at my own school. I do have one professor doing actual research and have been working with him for several semesters now. I also have had 2 REU's. To summarize my experience: 1. 2 REU's with the same program and advisor. 2. ~2 Years of research at home institution. 3. #2 has resulted in a conference presentation( I was third author) with another one on the way and maybe a publication, but not before my grad apps are due. 4. Built an STM for a senior project. Does anyone know how this experience will compare with the standard applicant applying to a top 10 or top 20 school (in physics)? I believe I have a good research background for an undergrad from a school such as mine, but some people out there (especially on physicsGRE.com) have several publications as undergrads. Some of them have first author publications! Should I expect the majority of applicants at the top 20 to have more research experience than me? Will the top 20 schools take into account the small amount of research opportunities at my school when considering my application?