I am entering third year this fall and after browsing through the forum, I have a concern regarding research. Specifically, this upcoming year I will be taking, in addition to the regular third year physics courses, some advanced math and advanced fourth year/grad physics courses. I was also planning on writing the GREs this year and so I though it might be a good idea to hold off on doing a research project during this upcoming school year to make sure I keep my GPA up (I have a 4.00/4.00 so far) and study as much as I can for the GREs.
However, after looking at the profiles on this website, it seems like many applicants stay involved in research throughout their undergrad. With that in mind, I was wondering if I should try and look for a research project anyway even if it might have a negative impact on my GPA/GREs? I would like to do theory in grad school and so I thought it would be more important to get high grades and GRE scores but after perusing through the forum, it seem research experience is more important. Moreover, I would like to do another research project this year so I can hopefully get some experience in theory and see if I actually enjoy it.
So far, I have done two experimental projects (one last summer and one during last semester) and am working on another experimental project this summer. Besides any potential research this upcoming school year, I plan on doing research next summer and a senior thesis in fourth year.
Any advice would be appreciated.