Clean Energy ALVA Summer Research

Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA), is a program that targets underrepresented students in a variety of disciplines for summer internships. The Clean Energy ALVA program, like its partner program GenOM ALVA, is for incoming freshmen who will be attending the University of Washington Seattle campus. Students who are interested in clean energy, and generally in science (chemistry, physics) and engineering (electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering) are encouraged to apply to this program.

This summer research program for incoming freshmen is a rare and wonderful opportunity for students to attain research experience at the University of Washington. Not only will this give you a head start at UW, but you will also receive valuable research experience in an academic setting, where you will learn about the impact of this field in science and society.

During the first two weeks of this nine-week program, students participate in basic ethics and lab training. For the remainder of the program, students are paired with a mentor and conduct research. Students will also participate in a daily math course which extends the full length of the program, and a chemistry course that takes place during the last seven weeks of the program. The purpose of these courses is to prepare students for their future academic careers in the STEM fields, specifically in Clean Energy. Every other weekend will be free for students to visit home should they choose to.
Through the program, students obtain the following benefits:

  • Having an undergraduate mentor
  • Gaining first-hand, quality experiences in laboratories of established researchers
  • Learning about the academic research setting
  • Connecting with other students who are interested in the same subjects
  • Establishing relationships that will be beneficial for your college experience
  • Networking with faculty on the cutting edge of engineering
  • Learning about the impact of this field on science and society
  • Receiving academic training in both math and chemistry
  • Exploring the rapidly expanding field of engineering
  • Gaining confidence and academic exposure which will allow for a successful transition into college

The application for the Summer 2018 Clean Energy ALVA will be available on January 10, 2018.

Please read the How To Apply page HERE and FAQ HERE before you fill out the application.

You will need your UW NET ID (created when you applied to UW Seattle) to gain access to the application.

If you have forgotton your UW Net ID, CLICK HERE.

You will also need two Letter of Recomendations. CLICK HERE to download the recomendation form.

To go directly to the application please CLICK HERE.

If there is a need for a paper application accommodation, please contact us directly.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Greg Diggs-Yang.

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Contact Our Organization

Lisa Peterson, Director
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)685-2593

Greg Diggs, ALVA Coordinator
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)221-4614

Cheryl Allendoerfer, Research Scientist
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)543-3306

USPS mail:
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall G76
Box 351202
Seattle, WA 98195

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