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 2017 Clean Energy ALVA and GenOM ALVA is now available, HERE.

Applications are only being accepted online and you will need a UW NET ID to gain access to the application.

If you do not have an UW NET ID (created when you applied to UW) or have forgotten it, please visit:

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

Additional information about filling out the application and the program can be found on our FAQ page, HERE.

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



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

To donate to the UW GenOM Project, click here.