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Purpose: to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in mathematics, science, technology (MST), and health related fields.
CSTEP provides academic enrichment and research experience in STEM content areas. Projects consist of academic year and summer components including: supervised training in research methods, graduate/professional school admissions preparation, standardized tests preparation & academic and career development activities
CSTEP serves undergraduate, graduate or professional school students admitted to IHE's at two or four-year institutions in New York State. Students must be:
New York state resident, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native, economically disadvantaged (Institutions must assure that no more than 20% of all CSTEP students are concurrently enrolled in a state-funded opportunity program)
Please contact program administrator for more details, dates and deadlines.
Increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) were established at Farmingdale State College during the academic year 1999-2000. It is one of only 49 programs in New York State. The primary objectives of CSTEP are to develop and retain students enrolled in the undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to prepare them for careers in the licensed professions, and to pursue higher studies and research in STEM fields. CSTEP accomplishes its objectives by offering instructional programs, enabling participation in scholarly activities, conducting conferences and workshops, providing support for guided research and industry sponsored internship programs, and conducting programs aimed at developing skills and competencies for ethical and professional practice in the students chosen field. While CSTEP brings together faculty and students from a broad spectrum of academic programs on campus to undertake projects of mutual interest, it promotes and enables collaborative activities with the science and technology programs at other institutions in the region. CSTEP also serves as an excellent tool to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the middle and high schools by enabling its members to serve as mentors for STEP students.
In order to become a member of STEP, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Please contact program administrator for more details, dates and deadlines.
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is funded by New York State Department of Education, Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs. This initiative provides services for students from under-represented populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds seeking careers in the sciences, mathematics, and technological fields, or one of the licensed professions in New York State. The mission of CSTEP is to foster academic excellence, teach effective long-term career management skills and create meaningful pre-professional experiences for program participants. Students may join CSTEP at any time during their college careers.
The purpose of the CSTEP Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields. Funds are used to enhance instruction and curriculum-related activtities and services aimed at advancing the purpose of CSTEP
A New York State Resident;
Please contact the program administrator for more details on dates, deadlines and eligibility.
In 1986, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was authorized by the New York State Legislature to increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in programs leading to professional licensure or to employment in scientific, technical, and health-related careers. Through a competitive proposal process, CSTEP grants are awarded to postsecondary institutions with registered science, technical, or health-related programs, and/or programs leading to professional licensure that will provide program students with research opportunities and career-related internships, academic and career counseling, and enriched academic course work.
Be a Full-Time student (12 or more credit hours).
Be matriculated in one of the following curricula:
• Accounting (ACC)• Business Admin. Transfer (BAT)• Child Care (CHC)• Computer Information Systems (CIS)• Computer Science (CPS)• Criminal Justice (CRJ)• Electrical Technology (ELT)• Engineering Science (ENR)• Liberal Arts-Humanities (LAH)*• Liberal Arts-Math (LAM)• Liberal Arts-Science (LAX)• Liberal Arts-Education (EDB, EDX, EDS, EDE***, EDC***)• Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)• Mental Health Assistant (CMH)• Nursing (NUR)• Exercise Science & Wellness (ESW)**
* - If expressed career goal is in law, social work, or psychology** - If career goal is medicine or Licensed Atheletic Trainer.*** - With science or math concentration
Fit one of the following criteria:
A. Be a member of what is considered to be a historically underrepresented minority in the sciences and technologies (Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native).
B. Qualify as economically disadvantaged based on family income and family size as defined by the State of New York.
The Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is dedicated to the lifelong success of all students who can benefit from and contribute to Syracuse University, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, age, ability, sexual orientation and/or religious background. To this end, we have strategically designed programs and services that precipitate a mutually respectful learning environment where our students and alumni develop to their full potential and are encouraged to serve the global community.
Students must be:
be a permanent resident of New York State
have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or a graduate/law student cumulative grade point average of a 3.2
be African American, Latino, and/or Native American. White and Asian students who are economically challenged and meet CSTEP-specific financial criteria are also eligible
be currently enrolled in a major that leads to a licensed profession and/or careers in health, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or math/science education
be invited to apply or referred by CSTEP students/alumni or SU staff/faculty
CSTEP is a comprehensive support program dedicated to increasing the number of college graduates from both ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in technical-related fields and individuals from economically disadvantaged families who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, math, engineering and other licensed professions. CSTEP is sponsored by the New York State Education Department's Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.
Program services include academic support, personal counseling, career awareness, advocacy, transfer assistance, and access to community contacts as resources and research opportunities. Each CSTEP participant agrees to engage in some form of internship, field work, or research prior to graduation. In addition, those who transfer to four-year colleges or universities serve as alumni mentors for new Onondaga CSTEP students. Special services may include an annual etiquette luncheon, career panel discussions, and guided visits with transfer institutions. CSTEP students may benefit from formal agreements with colleges such as SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, LeMoyne College, Clarkson University, Binghamton University, and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Participating in a Health Care Careers Enrichment Program is an excellent way to learn what it’s like to work in that field. It gives you invaluable experience and personal contacts - plus it can increase your chances of being accepted into the health professions program of your dreams.
For additional enrichment programs in the field of health policy, see the National Institute of Health’s list of Student Programs and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s online directory of health policy fellowship opportunities. Also see the section on Health Policy Topics in Issues in Healthcare on this website.
Last updated: May 28, 2015
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