Hello folks, I make this post as after reading through the many other posts/threads made on this useful site. Particularly, I have noticed the phrase "depth, not breadth" come up several times when it comes to doing undergrad research. Question: Is it better to spend this summer at my university (not-so-famous, Purdue University) to start working on a project that I will be continuing in my junior year, or would it be better to go to work for a summer at a renowned institution on a different topic? Would research at a pedigree institution give me a better "hook" over other applicants? Background: I applied to nearly 10 places to work at this summer as an immunology or pharmacology intern, most of them at top institutions. For some reason I was rejected from quite a few of them already (Weill-Cornell, Johns Hopkins, UCSF, UCLA; all the good NIH labs told me they were crammed). The ones I haven't heard from yet are Mayo, UPenn and Yale. Given the feedback I've gotten so far from the other programs, I'm not very optimistic about the responses I'll get from the current unknowns. However, with a 3.83 and as a junior-status sophomore, I thought I had a chance, even if I was Asian. (I did have a C on my transcript, but I'm retaking that class; gosh, I was stupid for taking a super-hard grad class in freshman year) I recently talked with the prof I was going to work under next academic year (in other words, starting this fall) about this and asked if I could work in his lab for the summer should I be rejected everywhere! He told me he would love to have me in his lab for the summer; one particular phrase of his that's ingrained in my mind from the conversation: "My hope is that once you start working in my laboratory, you'll never want to get out". He seems very earnest in wanting to teach me and train me. BTW, the professor is an organic synthetic chemist in the drug discovery field; last year his lab came out with this anti-HIV drug called Darunavir. So, I'm torn. The benefits of working in the other places suddenly seem balanced by my professor's offer; however, something in the back of my mind keeps putting the other schools at the top because of their great name. I really don't know what to do. The only thing I do know is that this is probably something that will decide my career path as an MD/PhD (MSTP) applicant. Please give me some feedback!