I am a junior in high school and thinking about applying to some pretty selective schools. I am interested in majoring in molecular biology and am working on developing my "spike" in biology. I have the opportunity to work with my local college on a molecular biology project over the next year or so, but I would be helping the professor and his assistant, not necessarily conducting original research. Is this compelling for top colleges or do they really want to see you pursue an original project?
Thank you so much for your help!