ACCESS

Nature of Research/Program Description: 
ACCESS is an academic bridge program for community college students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research science. Its mission is to provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills that will increase their transfer eligibility and academic success, and lead to greater diversity among university undergraduates in the biomedical sciences. The program focuses on students whose academic goals and potential have been affected by disadvantageous circumstances and/or students who belong to groups with below-average UC enrollment rates.
 
For all interested students, regardless of eligibility criteria, the program provides enrichment activities and Mini Research Camps that strengthen academic skills, increase university transfer and retention rates, and promote interest and participation in scientific research. Students who meet the ACCESS eligibility criteria, and who are highly motivated, are offered opportunities to serve as Study Session Leaders and participate in the ACCESS Summer Research Institute. Through this approach the ACCESS program seeks to establish a diverse student body within the University's science programs that is representative of local community demographics.
 
Keywords: on-campus; off-campus; summer; winter quarter; spring quarter; fall quarter; paid; transfer; community college; biomedical research science; underrepresented students
 
Contact: Pamela D'Arcey
 
Location: 
On-campus
Off-campus
Location Details: 
Study sessions at community colleges, research at UCSC
Targeted Students: 
Cabrillo, Gavilan, Hartnell, and Monterey Peninsula College students whose academic goals and potential have been affected by disadvantageous circumstances and/or students who belong to groups with below-average UC enrollment rates.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Summer
All Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Compensation: 
Paid
Details: 
Hourly wage
Application Deadline: 
Mini Research Camp: December 1
Summer Research Institute: March 1
Year Began: 
1994
Contact: 
Pamela D'Arcey
Contact Title: 
Associate Director
Contact Email: 
padarcey@ucsc.edu
access@ucsc.edu
Faculty Director: 
Phil Crews
Faculty Director Email: 
pcrews@ucsc.edu
Major(s): 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Biology
Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Studies
Human Biology
Microbiology
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Premedicine