ACCESS Program

ACCESS Program

The LMU ACCESS (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship) Program with Founding Supporters Thomas and Marlene Hynes.

Loyola Marymount University's ACCESS program (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship) is designed for first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. ACCESS provides students an opportunity for an all-expense paid, three-week residential program that focuses on academics and critical thinking in the sciences. Participation in the program will prepare students for academic excellence through collaborative engagement in scientific scholarship.

See how LMU freshmen got a three-week jump start in science and research skills, including a field trip to Catalina Island where they swam with sharks (harmless ones) and came back to tell the story.

Benefits of the Program

  • Receive academic preparation and career planning advice, including information about graduate studies and strategies for successful post-baccalaureate paths
  • Receive a stipend that can be used to defray the cost of books during your first year of college
  • Receive four college credits that count toward your degree
  • Get a head start by becoming an integral part of the scientific community on campus before the semester begins
  • Work with other students on problems in the sciences while developing and sharpening your own analytic skills
  • Become connected with University resources and exclusive opportunities through your participation in the program
  • Be exposed to LMU residential life before the semester begins (free room and board provided during the three week period in the summer)
  • Meet faculty, staff, and key administrators before the first day of classes
  • Participate in a variety of outings related to careers in the sciences, including UCLA Medical Center, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, La Brea Tar Pits, the West Basin Municipal Water District, and the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island

Who Can Participate?

  • Incoming Freshman enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering
  • Participation by invitation only
  • Applications are due by May 15, 2019 at noon
  • A subset of applicants will be interviewed via Zoom video conferencing.

Costs of Participation

Participation is free. Students will be given free room and board for the three weeks, provided travel and admission for field trips, and will receive a stipend to defray some of the costs of textbooks during their first year.

Requirements for Participation

  • Students must attend all events, activities, and academic sessions related to the program, which take place during the daytime, evening, and weekends.
  • Students must reside on campus full time from Sunday, July 28 – Wednesday, August 21 (free of charge).
  • Students enroll in a common First Year Seminar. This is already a required course for all LMU students.
  • Students enroll in a common core class in the spring. This is also a required course for all LMU students.

For more information, please contact Dr. David Berube, the Director of the ACCESS Program at 310-338-5137, or send a message to

Group photo on Catalina Island


Thomas and Marlene Hynes, our founding supporters since the inception of the ACCESS program in 2009, provide extensive support that allowed us to develop a thriving program that develops our nation's future scientists and engineers. Their continued financial and moral support has transformed the educational experience for many students in our college.

Generous funding from the following sources have allowed us to support our students by providing critical hands-on instruction, tutoring, mentoring, textbooks, and research opportunities.