MEM·C Undergraduate Research Assistance

Program Description

MEM·C recognizes the value of embedding undergrads in labs to continue their research during the academic year or summer following their initial summer ALVA research award. This program provides partial support for up to 3 exceptional students who are working in MEM·C laboratories. The following are the program guidelines.

  1. Students must be full time UW students who have participated in the MEMC ALVA program.
  2. The sponsoring lab must contribute ½ of the wages- a 1:1 match
  3. Students are expected to work 12 hours a week at $16 an hour, up to $1800 a quarter. Summer positions are negotiated individually.
  4. Students may receive up to 3 quarters of support, they do not have to be consecutive quarters
  5. Students apply through the MEM·C website, they submit a letter of support from their prospective lab PI, a transcript, a description of the nature of the research and the value to personal career goals, and indicate which quarters they would like to be funded.
  6. Students must submit a quarterly report for their support that consists of one slide explaining the project and progress for the quarter and contains 1 or more images of a key result (could be a plot, photo of sample, instrument they build etc.) and one new photo of the student working in the lab, plus a list of any presentations made or papers co-authored by the student


The primary selection occurs in after the early fall deadline of Oct 15th. If there are still unfilled positions applications will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis.



Use the online form to submit your CV, transcript, and research project description and a brief explanation of how this fits with your career goals. The site will automatically contact your lab advisor for a letter of reference.


    All fields are required.

    First Name

    Last Name



    Lab Advisor

    Advisor Email

    Quarter(s)and hours requested

    The system will automatically send a reference /support request to your lab advisor.

    Describe your anticipated research during the period of this award and how this research will contribute to your career goals. (150 words max)

    Supporting Materials
    Please attach a single PDF of your CV listing undergraduate GPA, publications, presentations, awards, and participation in education and broader community activities) (pdf only; 2MB limit):

    I understand the financial support and award conditions outlined in the program description and have reviewed them with my advisor.

    Please review application fields carefully to ensure information is correct before clicking submit. Upon submission of this form your advisor will be contacted and asked to send a letter of reference directly to MEM-C. If you do not receive a confirmation message upon submission, please refresh the page and resubmit.