I am an uprising junior at a small liberal arts and sciences college. I spent this past summer doing research in computational astrophysics with a professor at my university. I would like to do another computation astrophysics research project (an REU or program away from my own university) next summer. How do I avoid "cookie cutter" research projects? For example, I had a classmate who went to a prestigious REU and ended up doing a glorified version of calorimetry all summer.