So I've been wanting to get an REU for the summer.... and have it constantly in the back of my mind that I need to apply but I haven't had much time since I have been swamped lately with school work. The applications are due around February. If I send out applications in the next couple weeks do I still stand a fighting chance at getting a position? I am applying to Wayne State's Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems lab. I also have no idea how to write a personal statement for this type of thing. What points should I address?