Hi all, I'm a math/physics double major at a decent public university. I simply don't have time to do an REU this summer but I have really good credentials otherwise (I think :/). So I am wondering...is the whole lack of REU experience going to kill my chances of getting into an average/upper level grad school for theoretical physics? I'm hoping to enter Fall '14. --I kind of fooled around in freshman physics, but since then, I have straight A's in all of my upper level math and physics coursework. --I've fulfilled requirements for pure math BS and I've taken enough grad math classes in the last year to get a masters (can't genuinely get one due to a technicality at my univ.) --I've done mathematical physics research and presented at a handful of conferences plus the Joint Math Meetings poster session. Thesis might get published but not at all a guarantee. --Got A's in two semesters of graduate Quantum Field Theory. I've heard from my math friends that for math grad school, they essentially toss out your application if you don't have an REU. If I can study like crazy and get in the 80th-90th percentile on the physics GRE, do I still have some chance of getting into a good grad school without an REU? Thanks!