So is anyone else having a hard time planning their summer in terms of research just because they're only interested in doing theory research over the summer (physics). I definitely am. So far the only option I've come across is a Professor who seems rather unwilling but has agreed that if I do an independent study with him, we could work something out. The problem is I probably won't have much time to devote to this independent study and even if I did, from the looks of it, it doesn't seem like it'll work out very well. As far as REUs go, I've seen a couple of ones with interesting theory stuff, but those are few and far between, so I probably shouldn't count on getting in. Who else is in this situation and how are you guys coping? Do you guys know of any programs? It's my 3rd year and I've taken a couple of graduate courses in physics, but I haven't done any research yet, so I definitely want some on my application before its time to apply for grad school. Alternatively, how bad would it seem for a theory applicant to not have done any research?