I'm wondering how much undergraduate research really matters when applying for to get into a masters program. Obviously different schools have different requirements. I know that. Try as I might, though, I can't get any research experience. I'm a third year student in a physics-mathematics BSc.. My GPA isn't stellar, 3.38 on a 4-point scale. The thing about that is that during my second year, I had heavy family obligations (working three days a week at a completely unrelated job and taking care of a sick family member). Because of that, I wasn't able to get an early start on research and my grades during second year were not up to par and my GPA has suffered for it. My grades aren't good enough to get a scholarship for research and whenever I offer to volunteer in a lab, I explain my situation, though I would think that it seems to the professors that I'm just making excuses for poor performance and, consequently, I haven't had the opportunity to work in a lab environment. I have been doing better this year though. My question just boils down to this: in the event that I'm not able to get any research experience, are my chances of grad school essentially null given my GPA (3.38/4)?