CSTEP’s mission is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. Eligible majors include:
- Accountancy – CPA
- Computer Science
- Health Studies
- Math and science teacher education
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychology/Psychology Child Life
- Therapeutic Recreation
African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans qualify for the program, as do low-income Asian Americans and Caucasians as defined by the state’s income guidelines (see economic criteria). CSTEP students receive careful guidance in their major from faculty members who lend their areas of expertise as academic advisers.
In addition to tutoring, academic advising and counseling services, program students complete an internship in their chosen field, attend conferences and workshops that aid in preparation for the profession. Students receive some financial support to cover the cost of preparatory exams for graduate studies, licensure exams and registration fees for conferences/workshops. Students also gain practical experience through job shadowing, mentoring, and internships.
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
In order to apply for Utica College’s CSTEP program, students must meet the following criteria:
- NY State resident,
- African-American, Hispanic, Native American or low-income Caucasian or Asian student (Caucasian and Asian students must meet income guidelines for eligibility)
- declare and maintain a major in one of the CSTEP-targeted majors,
- earned minimum GPA of 2.5 or better (for continuing students) with the understanding that your cumulative averages must be higher for competitiveness in your prospective field. (Note: We do not accept freshmen until after they have either completed at least one year and have declared a major in a CSTEP-targeted field or completed CSTEP Summer Institute.),
- if students are pursuing a concentration such as pre-law or pre-med, they must be identified and currently working with the faculty advisors for those concentrations to be eligible for CSTEP consideration.
Kari Beane, M.Ed.
Interim Director of Opportunity Programs