The ACCESS Scholarship
A Year of ACCESS
ACCESS provides freshmen and transfer students, from a variety of backgrounds, with a supportive path into STEM degrees and careers. The scholarship covers all educational expenses associated with ACCESS, including a summer residential experience (freshmen live on campus) and earning upper division course credits. The year culminates in a Spring semester research opportunity.
ACCESS welcomes all students who are committed to advancing gender equity in science and engineering. With a vision of greater inclusion, diversity, and accessibility across STEM fields, ACCESS works for students today and the workforce of tomorrow.
ACCESS is a signature program of the University of Utah College of Science. Through partnerships with the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, the College of Engineering, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, ACCESS welcomes and supports students majoring in all STEM disciplines. The program receives support from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, BioFire Diagnostics, Herbert I. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation, and many generous private donors.
Science and engineering are explored during an ACCESS exclusive course. In SCI 3000 students learn about contemporary research and the significant interactions between science, engineering, and society. The course fulfills two undergraduate requirements: International Requirement (IR) and Science Foundation (SF). Student success and the opportunity to survey academic and career paths are integral to this unique learning experience (no exams or quizzes).
Activities in and out of class, and mentorship from program alumni help to establish a cohort of support. Freshmen ACCESS students are transitioned into college life while living on campus.
ACCESS workshops and mentorship continue to help students transition into university life and provide tools and support for bolstering success in STEM as a student and future professional. Students participate in cutting-edge research under the guidance of a prominent scientist or engineer, giving them insight into the underpinnings of science and innovation. The year of ACCESS helps inform a students’ academic and career goals at an early stage in their STEM pursuits.
Discoveries are celebrated during the ACCESS Spring Research Symposium. Faculty, high school educators, family and friends are invited to learn from the newest ACCESS alumni.