CSTEP is a program funded by the New York State Education Department. Its mission is to increase the participation of students from under-represented groups in the fields of science, mathematics, and technology. Under-represented groups include individuals who describe themselves as being African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Alaskan Native. Individuals who do not fall under these classifications can still join the CSTEP program based on economic need. CSTEP promotes academic excellence, and so a minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required to enter the program.
At BMCC, CSTEP involves doing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, weekly workshops and seminars, and participation in the Annual Student Research Poster Presentation in March.
For a more detailed description of the eligibility requirements and the application process, visit the Join CSTEP section.
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)
Dr. Helene Bach
Director of Research
Office of Academic Affairs
(212) 220-8000, ext. 798