MEM-C ALVA Summer Research

Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA), is a program that targets underrepresented students in a variety of STEM disciplines for summer internships. MEM-C ALVA aims to accelerate the development of future energy conversion, information processing, and sensing technologies through design, discovery, processing, and application of complex electronic and photonic materials.

MEM-C ALVA will prepare today's science and engineering students to be tomorrow's diverse cadre of technology innovators and leaders in industry, national laboratories, and academia.

The Molecular Engineering and Materials Center (MEM-C) program, like its partner programs GenOM and Clean Energy ALVA, is for incoming freshmen who will be attending the University of Washington, Seattle campus. Students who are interested in molecular engineering and materials and how materials research can lead to new electronics that are super miniaturized, low energy consumption and reliable, 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. MEM-C ALVA is focused on exposing under-represented incoming freshmen to a viable and relevant career pathway focused on materials and energy research. Not only will this give you a head start at UW Seattle, 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.

Our focus: materials resilience and innovation participants will find the research topics are both challenging and relevant to their experience. How can we provide mobile, lightweight and inexpensive energy sources to our forces and to the communities they work with? How can materials research lead to new electronics that are super miniaturized, low energy consumption and reliable? How can new kinds of sensors be used to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness?

Starting the first week 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 molecular engineering and materials. 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 molecular engineering
  • Gaining confidence and academic exposure which will allow for a successful transition into college
  • Opportunities for research collaborations and trainee exchange with partner laboratories abroad and at U.S. National Laboratories

The application for the Summer 2021 MEM-C ALVA is available NOW until February 26th, 2021!

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 Recommendations. CLICK HERE to download the recommendation 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 Latoya Surratt.

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Contact Our Organization

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

Latoya Surratt, ALVA Coordinator
Gerberding G76
Phone: (206) 543-3306

Maritza Zaldivar-Lima, ALVA Office Assistant
Gerberding G76
Phone: (360)508-3603

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

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