Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

SUNY University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, High School Students


We’re part of a statewide initiative to encourage minority and economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue careers in medicine and other health-related professions.

Summer STEP

As a STEP student, you may continue exploring your career interests during our six-week summer program. You will work or conduct research at UB-affiliated hospitals or clinics four days a week. Our summer program also includes classroom instruction and college admissions preparatory sessions.

Groundwork for Career Path

If you’re accepted into our Biomedical Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), you will meet on campus for two hours each Saturday during the school year for formalized academic instruction and laboratory exercises.

During these sessions you will:

study biophysics, biochemistry and other subjects that prepare you for a health-related career track
learn how to understand and convey scientific information
become familiar with practical laboratory activities
learn how to use basic medical instruments
improve your computer and word-processing skills
We also offer twice-weekly tutoring sessions if you’re experiencing academic difficulties. If your school grades fall below average, you’re required to attend.

Approximately 35 students from Buffalo high schools participate in our program annually.



Student Eligibility: STEP serves secondary school students all over New York State.   Students must be:

  • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
  • Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.

More Information

Science and Technology Entry Program Coordinator
Renee Map
Office of Medical Education, 45 Biomedical Education Building
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2802