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GenOM Project ALVA Summer Program

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year

The GenOM Project's Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA), is a summer residential outreach program for incoming University of Washington freshmen interested in genomics, life sciences research, and bioengineering. In order to apply for ALVA, students must have an application of file with the University of Washington Seattle campus by the Dec. 1st deadline for freshmen admission. A minimum of 12 students will be selected.

We strongly encourage applications from the following students: -From underrepresented minority groups (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, Filipinos and Pacific Islanders)

-Economically disadvantaged

-The first in their family to attend college

This summer research program 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 few weeks of the 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. After completing lab training, students are paired with a mentor in a research laboratory. Students will also participate in a daily math course which extends the full length of the program, and a chemistry course which 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 chose 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

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Washington (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Molecular Biology
Plant Sciences
STEM Fields

Chemical Genomics
Comparative Genomics
Computational Biology
Environmental Genomics
Functional Genomics
Genetic Engineering
Phylogenetics & Phylogenomics

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 7/20/2021
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