Realizing I need Research Post Haste!!! Help! I was looking through the graduate profiles on physicsgre.com (another good site btw) and I realized if I even want a ice cubes chance in hell of getting into graduate school I need research experience ASAP. Briefly here my story again: 1. Got really bad grades for a time in subjects completely unrelated to science 2. Dropped out then smartened up and decided to get degree in physics/math/astronomy/computational science/anything in this realm really. 3. Now that I have almost finished my lower level class I need to "buckle down." 4. Realized I hate my current school so transferring into another better university close by. 5. My history probably excludes me from getting into REU's. 6. Since I am new at my new school might be difficult to get into research, they only have one group that I am even tangentially interested in(unless I decide to go to the Astro program elsewhere). What can I do in my next 4 to 5 semesters and 2 summers to get even a chance of getting into a mid-level astrophysics graduate program? It is unlikely any research I actually do get to do will be directly related to astro? How much will this hurt my already paltry chances?