Clean Energy ALVA for freshmen


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. The program provides training in math, research ethics, hands-on lab experience and creates a rich supportive environment that is proven to increase retention at UW.

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Students who have completed an ALVA experience are also eligible to apply for academic year research support through CEI Undergraduate Research Assistance.


2016 Clean Energy ALVA students Christopher Moreno, Kheng Rowen Lapastora, Doris Layman, and Xitalit Sanchez Martinez

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.