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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, the College of Engineering, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, 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
  • Faculty and ACCESS alumnae play a key role in mentoring each new cohort of women
  • 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

Teaching Assistants and Mentors

Applying for the ACCESS Scholarship

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



How To Apply



ACCESS Program Flyer

About Us

How To Help

Thank you to the many corporate, business, and individual donors for supporting ACCESS and women in STEM.

More about our sponsors

George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation



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

Phone: (801) 587-8978


Last Updated: 5/6/19