Hey all, I have a little bit of an issue and was hoping some people could shed some light on the matter. I know it is very important to have research experience as PhD programs love it, but my question is will they not even bother to consider me if I don't have any research experience? I purposely took off a year after my bachelors to dedicate time at a research lab. Unfortunately, I have sent applications to 7 labs so far and they have all said we're at capacity, we prefer people with previous research experience, or if we need you we will contact you. I am a bit frustrated that my plan isn't panning out. I have a good GPA (3.96) and if I do exceptionally well on the GRE will the lack of research experience hinder me from getting accepted into a funded PhD program? Ideally my first choice program is stony brook but I know I should not put all my hopes into one school. Is there anyone out there that got accepted to a funded research heavy program without previous research experience? My only other option is to contact professors in nearby schools asking if they have a spot for a volunteer looking to gain experience, but I don't know how common it is for students to do that and if professors dislike that. Any feedback or advice would be appreciated.