I want to apologize if this topics already exists somewhere on the forum. Most google/forum searches usually have people asking about experiment to theory , or switching fields after PhD. I recently submitted a grad application and I still have a lot more to do. My research background in physics is in theory ( paper and pen kind), but I am applying for experiment. I have doubts about my application though. My research recommendations will be the strongest, but it is in theory. I have a rec letter from a prof I took a course in, and he is an experimentalist. However, I don't think he can comment that much on my research abilities :/ I did take a lab class with him and he thought I was a good student! I do not have much experience in experimental at all, other than courses! The problem is, it has been over 3 years since I stepped foot in a lab that involved me working in it. Obviously this will show on my app because they will simply look at my transcript and see that. Is there ANYTHING i can do to make myself appear a stronger candidate for experiment? Obviously I am competing with people with crazy amount of experience. First of all, I loved theory ( paper and pen kind), but I am looking into more computational stuff. That's on my app too. Reason I want to switch is because of my career goals ( I asked for advice on this part in the career guidance part). My letter writers know this, and I know they will write strong letters. I just hope that it is enough.