I've been in contact with a couple of professors at US universities recently, and both of them were interested in the projects that I proposed. Now, I will be applying to these universities this Fall, and I want to make sure that I make myself look interesting to these professors through our email correspondence.
What should I do, through email, to make myself standout? What questions should I ask these professors even before I apply to their respective programs? Also, would it be appropriate to ask about financial support in their labs or departments at this stage?