I am a sophomore physics and math major and am interested in doing research this summer, preferably in some sort of theoretical physics or math, but realistically in any sort of physics, as there seem to be few opportunities to do theoretical physics in an REU, and as I have regretably not taken modern algebra or analysis yet. I've seen the list of REU programs in physics on the NSF website, but I have no sense of the quality of the programs or to which it would be best to apply. At this point one consideration is that many programs have deadlines that have already passed, but that still leaves a large number of options. I would like to apply to a program with a good reputation, particularly generally good advisers, and with a larger portion of non-local participants. I realize this is a little late to be thinking about applying for REU programs this summer, but I had hoped to get research with a faculty member at my college that did not pan out. Thanks for your help.