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The ACCESS Program for Women in Science & Mathematics

A first year learning experience and scholarship award for freshmen and transfer women in STEM

ACCESS provides aspiring women, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with a supportive path into STEM majors and careers through a scholarship award, first year learning experience, and an extensive network that fosters academic success throughout their undergraduate education. 

ACCESS is a signature program of the University of Utah College of Science. Through partnerships with the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, and the College of Engineering, ACCESS welcomes and supports women majoring in all STEM disciplines.

With a vision of greater inclusion, diversity, and accessibility across STEM fields, ACCESS works for young women today, and the workforce of tomorrow.

A Year With ACCESS

The ACCESS Scholarship covers summer tuition, on-campus summer housing (freshmen only), and a research stipend. Amount is announced annually, subject to program funding.

  • $4500 Incoming freshmen
  • $3500 Transfer students



  • Science in a Changing World (SCI 3000)
    Science and engineering are explored in this interdisciplinary STEM course that also integrates global policy and communication. SCI 3000 fulfills the undergraduate International Requirement (IR).
  • Explore research opportunities and careers in STEM
  • Establish a network of support and strategies for academic success at the U and beyond

Research Poster Session

Fall and Spring

Your first academic year at the U

  • ACCESS exclusive research and academic success workshops
  • Mentorship support from faculty and ACCESS alumnae. ACCESS alumnae, who are University of Utah upper classmen, play a key role in mentoring each new cohort
  • Cutting-edge research under the guidance of a prominent scientist or engineer
  • The ACCESS year culminates in a spring research symposium

The Women of ACCESS

The ACCESS alumnae network is nearly 800 strong. Our graduates have gone on to become professors, scientists, medical professionals, mathematicians, engineers, computer programmers, lawyers, and more. ACCESS in the News and Alumnae Spotlights.

Applying for the ACCESS Scholarship

High school seniors and transfer students, from all backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Campus Partners

Contact Casey Ames at 801-213-0871 or for more information. 


How To Apply



How To Help

Our Sponsors

ACCESS Program Flyer


Tanya Vickers
ACCESS Program Director
(801) 587-8978

Casey Ames
ACCESS Program Manager
(801) 213-0871

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


College of Science
University of Utah
1390 East Presidents Circle
CSC 210
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 213-8978


Last Updated: 3/5/19