Is it more important to get into an REU at a "big name" school, or is it better to get into a program that offers YOU the best research esxperience? I ask, because I have been involved in research for a couple years and have interned at a few different locations, and know what my research interests are. I recently got told that I pretty much am in if I want to do research with a certain group, and the way I would get paid is through an REU. Basically, I don't have to compete for the position. So would this be better than going to a better school for an REU, although the research might not be directly what I am interested in?