I really want to do an reu this summer and experience research from a new perspective. I have a fine resume. Near 4.0, rising senior, and almost 2 years of experience leading to a 2nd or 3rd author publication in the works. I know NSF puts a lot of emphasis on accepting women and minorities into REU programs, and I think this is great and all, but with it is it worth wasting my time with all these applications if they will hardly even be considered? I've done some research (some programs post past student profiles) and I've also noticed that almost of all of the white males that get accepted to these come from really small schools I've never heard of. I understand why this may be the case, but that's just another strike against my record. Also, I applied to a dozen REU programs last year and didn't get accepted to a single one. It's also not like I only applied to the top programs (I applied to BYU and LSU for christ's sake!). Is anyone looking at this with a similar profile had any luck with REUs? If so where?