Come the nearest fall quarter I will be a senior. I have a bad GPA (3.1) from UC Davis and have very little research experience. I'm currently working with a professor on 2 small projects, I don't know if either will be published and have 0 published prior research. I missed the deadline for applying to REUs for summer 2019 and now I can't find any for a graduating senior for 2020. After having done some research into graduate schools it looks like research is the biggest influence on whether or not a school will like you. I was initially planning on going on a trip for my graduating summer, but after hearing all of this, I am looking for more research to beef up my flimsy CV. Where are some good places I can look for research as a graduating senior.
Being that I have done almost no research, is it still possible for me to get into any good or even pretty good schools? I got very good GRE and Physics GRE scores.
If not, it may be possible for me to add a few classes to 2021 so that I would not be a graduating senior in order to apply to those REUs. Would this be wise?