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The ACCESS Program for Women in Science & Mathematics


ACCESS Program Overview

If you are a woman interested in studying science and math in college, the ACCESS Program can help you jump-start your education, make friends, and work with leading scientists--and did we mention that it's a great way to help pay for school?

Once you're accepted into the ACCESS Program, you'll get started right away with a seven-week science course taught the summer after you graduate from high school.  You can live on campus, make new friends, and find out about professors and classes at the U, all before you start class in the Fall!

The ACCESS summer course will begin on June 19, 2017 and ends on August 4, 2017 and meets Monday through Friday. Participants must attend a First Year New Student Orientation program before the ACCESS summer course begins to avoid absences. First Year Orientation programs are available June 1 & 2, or June 6, June 8 & 9, June 12 & 13, June 15 &16.

First things first: Applying to the University of Utah

But that's just the start.  During the Fall semester, you'll work with ACCESS Program staff to find a science researcher who is working in the field you want to study.  Once you decide on someone, you will work with that professor in their lab during the Spring semester.  Most students won't do undergraduate research, and those who do often wait until their junior or senior year.  In the ACCESS Program, you'll get started early, building relationships that will last through your entire career at the U.

In addition to the summer course, you will receive a $1,000 stipend for Fall and Spring semester.  Added up, this means that each ACCESS student receives a $3,500 award in addition to any other scholarships or awards she may have received from other sources.  And don't worry about getting other scholarships.  The ACCESS Program award does not conflict with most other University of Utah freshman scholarships (for example, Honors At Entrance, Presidential Scholarship, or scholarships from other departments).

We know right now you're just thinking about what schools you're going to apply to.  But thinking ahead, consider that ACCESS students graduate with higher GPAs, more research experience, and better connections than other students.  That means you'll be all set for graduate school, jobs, and all of your life plans.  Ready to learn more?  Watch the video, then follow the links below!


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Tanya Vickers
ACCESS Program Director
College of Science
1430 Presidents Circle RM 220
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-6958

Janae Bird
ACCESS Program Coordinator
College of Science
1430 Presidents Circle RM 220
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-6958

Daureen Nesdill MS, MLIS
ACCESS Librarian
Marriott Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-5975



Last Updated: 5/8/17