ACCESS Scholarship: Supporting Women in Science and Mathematics

Established in 1991, ACCESS is a signature program of the College of Science. Through partnerships with the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, College of Engineering, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, ACCESS welcomes and supports incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in all STEM disciplines. ACCESS students are placed with a group of like-minded peers who attend classes, study, and perform research and project work together. A year with ACCESS frequently yields student leaders, prepared to support the success of others in the STEM disciplines.

The ACCESS Scholarship primes students for success in STEM fields. Our alumni network is more than 800 strong and is comprised of highly successful professionals who work in industry, research, medicine, mathematics, engineering, law, entrepreneurship, and more.

Science and innovation benefits from collaboration that comes from varied viewpoints. For 2020-2021, ACCESS seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds. With a vision of greater inclusion, diversity, and accessibility across STEM fields, ACCESS works for students today, and the workforce of tomorrow.

A YEAR OF ACCESS

Summer (before your first Fall semester):

ACCESS begins with a 7-week summer living (freshmen live on campus) and learning experience. Science and engineering are explored in a multidisciplinary STEM course, Science in a Changing World (SCI 3000), that integrates global policy and science communication. Strategies for undergraduate success, including career insights and networking, are incorporated throughout. Students earn 3 upper division credits and fulfill the undergraduate International Requirement (IR) during this ACCESS exclusive course. Note, this is not a traditional course, SCI 3000 does not include any exam or quiz-based assessments. Instead, participation, collaboration, and communication frame assessments.

Fall and Spring semesters of your first-year:

Mentorship support, as well as research and academic success workshops, are provided during Fall and Spring semesters. ACCESS students engage in scientific or engineering research that aligns with their academic interests and career goals. The program culminates in a research symposium (poster), where new knowledge and discoveries are celebrated. Most ACCESS students continue doing research, often moving into paid positions, publishing, and/or presenting their research at professional conferences—an almost unheard-of opportunity for undergraduates!

ACCESS Scholarship: Program summary and financial benefits

* Live on campus during the summer before your first Fall semester (freshmen only)

* Science in a Changing World (SCI 3000, 3.0 Credits): Earn upper division course credits, satisfying the University of Utah Science Foundation (SF) and International Requirements (IR)

* ACCESS exclusive workshops, mentorship, networking, and an opportunity to build a peer support group

* Research in a science or engineering lab that aligns with your interests

* ACCESS Research Symposium (share your research with faculty, students, family, and friends)

ACCESS Scholarship (monetary value):

* 3.0 upper division course credits (~$2,000)

* Summer housing award (~$1,500 freshmen only)

* Direct scholarship awards ($2,000)

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

Students are REQUIRED to participate in all aspects of this year-long program.

The transition from high school into college is supported through a summer residential experience, where students live and learn together (freshmen live on campus). Summer absences due to high school competitions, graduation, and related obligations will be considered.

Full participation includes completing the 7-week summer course (SCI 3000), which begins June 15, 2020 and ends on July 31, 2020. Class is held M-F from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon; no classes: July 3 and 24. In addition to regularly scheduled class, there are field trips, films, science shows, and other unique learning opportunities.

A detailed summer schedule will be provided in early May, and students will be invited to participate in a May orientation (streaming, webinar format), where the ACCESS Director and program alumni will be on hand to answer questions. An ACCESS Orientation and welcome luncheon, for parents and students, will be hosted on Wednesday, June 10 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Followed by move-in to Marriott Honors Community from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Due to the ACCESS Program summer schedule, we recommend first-year students (freshmen) register for the U of U New Student Orientation program offered on June 11 & 12. Transfer students must attend a Transfer Orientation prior to the first day of the ACCESS summer course.

Applying to ACCESS:

ACCESS accepts incoming freshmen and college transfer students. A team of STEM faculty evaluates and discusses each application using a holistic review process. Academic and extracurricular experiences, letters of recommendation, GPA, and standardized exam scores are considered, and no category receives higher weight. Students from all backgrounds, who are interested in science or engineering and gender equity, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the ACCESS Scholarship by visiting our website.

Award
Varies
Deadline
03/06/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. What undergraduate major(s) do you plan to pursue at the University of Utah? College of Science = (COS), College of Engineering = (COE), College of Mines and Earth Sciences = (CMES). Learn more about majors in each college by clicking here.

  2. Are there other majors you are considering and would like to learn more about? College of Science = (COS), College of Engineering = (COE), College of Mines and Earth Sciences = (CMES). Learn more about majors in each college by clicking here.

  3. Personal essay: Highlight your interests, academic and career goals, and motivation to pursue a major and career in STEM. Provide insight into your character and any personal hardships that are relevant to admission into the ACCESS Program. How will ACCESS help you succeed, as an undergraduate, in the sciences or engineering?
  4. Character and life experiences: Provide insight into your character and any personal hardships that are relevant to admission into the ACCESS Program.
  5. Diversity: Science and innovation benefits from collaboration that comes from varied viewpoints. ACCESS seeks to build a diverse and inclusive cohort with individuals from different backgrounds. How might your own life experiences, leadership qualities, and/or goals contribute to advancing gender equity in STEM fields? Do you have any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to diversity in ACCESS? This can include fluency in other languages, economic hardship, being the first in your immediate family to seek a college degree, and/or cultural or societal interests and experiences.
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