GenOM 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 GenOM ALVA program is for incoming freshmen who will be attending the University of Washington Seattle campus and are interested in science research, especially research in genetics and genomics.
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 in genomics studies, 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 intensive lab and bioethics training. Through interactive learning, students learn pipette skills, DNA sequencing, biological processes, and a variety of other lab techniques as well as the fundamentals of bioethics. 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. 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 genomics
- Learning about the impact of this field on science and society
- Receiving academic training in both math and the life sciences
- Exploring the rapidly expanding field of genomics
- Gaining confidence and academic exposure which will allow for a successful transition into college
The application for the summer 2014 program is now available! There are two components to the GenOM ALVA application; an online application, including a resume and personal statement, and additional materials including official transcripts and two letters of recommendation. For more information about the application process, including the links to the online application and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) select the following:
The online portion of the application will close at 5:00pm PST on Friday, February 28, 2014. All official transcripts and mailed letters of recommendation must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2014. Emailed recommendations must be sent no later than 5:00pm PST on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Contact Our Organization
Lisa Peterson, Director
Elena Hernandez, ALVA Coordinator
Cheryl Allendoerfer, Research Scientist
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall G76
Seattle, WA 98195-2180
To donate to the UW GenOM Project, click here.