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The ACCESS Program for Women in Science & Mathematics


ACCESS provides aspiring women a supportive path into the sciences by offering a scholarship award and learning experience that fosters academic success throughout their undergraduate education. These students build mentor and peer relationships that facilitate a sense of belonging in the scientific, academic, and campus community. In addition, students in the program are given the unparalleled opportunity to explore the scientific process through an interdisciplinary science course and by actively engaging in research in a College of Science laboratory.

Women from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.



High school seniors and transfer students, can apply to ACCESS when applying to the University of Utah.

$4,500 High school students
$3,500 Transfer students
Award covers summer tuition on-campus summer housing (freshmen only), a research stipend and scholarship. Amount subject to available funding.

Your ACCESS application will need to include:

  • Personal essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official transcript

More details on how to apply.


ACCESS a network of over 700 successful alumni
Scientists, mathematicians, teachers, medical professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs,
business leaders, engineers

The ACCESS first year experience includes:

Summer Semester (before your first Fall at the U)

  • ACCESS Science in a Changing World,  a three credit-hour course
    Explore a global issue during an ACCESS exclusive summer course taught by science and humanities faculty
  • Wednesday lunch discussions
    Connect with faculty, learn about research, and discover unique campus programs during focused lunch discussions
  • Science activities
    Attend a star party at the campus observatory, participate in a physics show, and tour laboratories across campus
  • ACCESS alumni mentors
    ACCESS alumni host social activities and provide individualized mentorship
  • Residential housing in the Marriott Honors Community (freshman)
    Live on campus and build friendships in the ACCESS cohort and across the campus community
  • ACCESS summer barbeque
    Start building your personal and professional network at the annual ACCESS alumni reunion

Fall Semester

  • Mentorship and networking continue as key elements of the ACCESS Program experience

Spring Semester

  • Participate in cutting edge research while receiving mentorship from a leading scientist
  • Share your research during the year-end ACCESS symposium

Research Poster Session

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • establish mentor and peer relationships that foster a sense of belonging in the scientific, academic and campus community at the University of Utah
  • develop strategies for academic success
  • have the skills needed to navigate educational and career opportunities in the sciences
  • appreciate the process, and interdisciplinary nature, of scientific discovery in the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics
  • understand that basic science informs innovations and solutions to challenges in medicine, engineering, and/or environmental sustainability
  • have improved written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • appreciate the value of collaborative problem solving in the context of the classroom and in a research laboratory

Campus Partners

College of Science

Global Change & Sustainability Center

Muse Project
MUSE offers mentored learning and educational experiences that foster your unique potential for intellectual and imaginative work. Students interface with professors, community leaders, and national guests.

LEAP Learning Communities 
Continue engaging with your ACCESS cohort, and find new relationships, by enrolling in LEAP courses during the Fall and Spring semesters of your first year. LEAP courses satisfy graduation requirements in the Humanities, and complement academic and career goals in science, engineering, and/or health.
Two semesters for freshmen, one semester for transfers.

Student Success Advocates
The Success Advocates understand each student’s situation is unique and will work closely with you to learn about, and support, your particular needs, aspirations, and goals during your entire undergraduate experience.

Contact Casey Ames at 801-581-6958 or for more information. 

For Students, Parents, and Teachers: 

History of ACCESS

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Support the ACCESS Program:

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More Information

ACCESS Program Brochure (PDF)


Tanya Vickers
ACCESS Program Director
(801) 581-6958

Casey Ames
ACCESS Program Manager
(801) 581-6958

Daureen Nesdill MS, MLIS
ACCESS Librarian
Marriott Library
(801) 585-5975


College of Science
University of Utah
1430 East Presidents Circle, 220 JTB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 581-3374


Last Updated: 11/28/18