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Clean Energy Research Experience for UW Freshmen and Sophomores

The University of Washington’s Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) program targets underrepresented students in a variety of disciplines for summer internships. In partnership with the UW Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP) and the Washington State Academic Redshirt (STARS) program, the Clean Energy Institute supports a summer research and enrichment ALVA program to promote retention and academic and professional excellence of early undergraduate students.


This program is open to all UW Engineering freshmen, as well as sophomores who have completed the STARS program.


Selected students take a spring quarter ENGR 202 professional skills course before conducting 9 weeks of full-time summer research in a CEI lab under the mentorship of a graduate student.

CEI labs focus on new materials for solar generation, energy storage and grid integration of renewables. Sponsoring faculty represent the departments of chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering and electrical & computer engineering.

Participating students join MSEP ALVA participants in social functions during the summer and receive counseling through MSEP in years following. Participants also join some functions of the Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU, such as the science interest group and end-of-summer poster session with other REU students.


MSEP CEI students receive a $6000 stipend, as well as on-campus housing or a $2500 housing allowance.

Program Dates

Application Open: TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Program: June 17 – August 16, 2024