I have no research experience. Would it be worthwhile to get my Master's and get some research experience before trying to get into a PhD program?
*I've been out of school for two years, so I have no chance of gaining research experience.
*Went to Wash U in St. Louis.
*3.98 overall GPA, slightly lower GPA just in physics.
*Have not yet taken the physics GRE, but plan to study all summer.
*Due to family commitments, I cannot leave Indiana anytime in the near future, so I'd probably be aiming to get into Purdue's or IU's PhD program.
*I probably will not go into hardcore Academia after the PhD program (either industry, adjuncting, teaching in a liberal arts school, teaching in a private high school, etc., sitting on my ass, etc.).
Edited to add: I'm female, if that makes my odds better.... Also, dug up my GRE scores from 2006 (oy, are these even still good?):
Q: 790 (90%)
V: 730 (98%)
W: 5.5 (86%)