I applied for a REU program in our department one week ago, and I just received an email today. I think I was in when I read the first sentence, but as it turns out it is not. Dear XXX, We are very impressed with your application to join our REU team in theoretical astrophysics and general relativity, beginning this summer. Although we are still reviewing applications, we want you to know that you are on our short list of top candidates whom we are considering very seriously for a position. We plan to contact you soon after the Spring break, at which time we will be making final selections. In the meantime we wanted you to know that we think you have a very strong application. We look forward to getting back in touch with you after the break. All the best, So what should I do next? find the professors and talk to them?