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 (Interior Design, Accounting, Law, Social Work, Psychology, etc.). The mission of the CSTEP program 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 career.
CSTEP's purpose is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure (social work, psychology, accounting, law, etc.) or to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health related fields. Over 50 colleges and universities in New York State currently participate.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is funded by the National Science Foundation. This program is part of the SUNY LSAMP Alliance, and has been helping change the shape of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and forging new opportunities for underrepresented minority students in New York State. The program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who successfully complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to improve the retention rate and academic success of minority students at SUNY LSAMP institutions.