Hello, all! I am a junior at a small-ish school, and I have just decided to change my major from a B.S. in physics education to a B.A. in physics. I have a strong physics background (All A's and one B+ in my physics classes, all A's in math), and I've taken all of the lower-level physics courses, as well as Modern Physics and Intermediate E&M. Next semester, I plan to take Astrophysics I, Quantum Mechanics, and Solid State Physics, as well as an introductory programming course. My problem is that this is my last summer (or rather, winter) to apply to REU programs, and all of my research experience has been on the education side of my studies. I also will not have had much, if any, experience with different programming languages. From what I've seen, these are two things that are heavily considered when selecting applicants. Should I address these shortcomings in my cover letters, and if so, how should I go about doing that? Thanks so much for reading!