CSTEP Dec 2023

Supporting talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students

CSTEP and AMP are grant-funded efforts to support talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students interested in STEM careers and NYS licensed professions. 

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The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is funded by the New York State Education Department, with a goal of increasing the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields. 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.

Our CSTEP program consist of both summer and academic year components supporting three hundred and twenty-five students each year.  We accomplish our goals by offering extensive academic enrichment and instructional programs, conducting workshops and seminars, providing support for supervised research and industry sponsored internships, facilitating participation in conferences and scholarly activities, assisting with graduate/professional school admissions and helping students develop skills needed to enter  the CSTEP targeted professions.

For a list of Professions Licensed, Registered, or Certified by the Board of Regents please visit the Office of Professions at http://www.op.nysed.gov/

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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is funded by the National Science Foundation. LSAMP   seeks to diversify the STEM workforce by significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines. The program goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances. 

The LSAMP program at SUNY Old Westbury is part of SUNY LSAMP, a statewide alliance that consists of fourteen campuses (four major university centers, three four year colleges, six community colleges and one college of technology across a four hundred mile area of New York State in urban, suburban and rural settings. Since 1996, it has increased underrepresented minority (UREP) science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degrees by 425 %. 

The LSAMP program is not funded to support students declaring majors in pre-medicine, pharmacy, nursing, or allied health science. 

How to Apply

Applications for CSTEP and LSAMP are accepted on a rolling basis. Students may complete the online application via the link below, a pdf of the application or submit a hard copy of the application which can be picked up in our office, room S-252 in the Science Building.  

The following will be required for application review:

  • Completed application form  ( link to online  app  and/or pdf)
  • Unofficial Transcript   (must be submitted every semester) 
  • Financial eligibility documentation is required for CSTEP applicants who are not from underrepresented groups  

* For the purpose of CSTEP, individuals historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native** For the purpose of CSTEP, a student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the eligibility requirements described under Economic Eligibility Criteria for First-Time CSTEP Students. Check with office staff for details.  

CSTEP/LSAMP Application

Benefits of Joining CSTEP & AMP

  • Campus Bookstore Stipends worth up to $400 each semester
  • Supplemental Academic Advising
  • Resources for local, statewide, & International Internships with private corporations and government laboratories
  • Paid Research & Internship opportunities on campus and off-campus
  • Employment, scholarship or educational references
  • Participation in statewide, national conferences, & international conferences
  • 50-80% discount with Kaplan Test Prep
  • Graduate/professional school admissions preparation & financial support
  • Academic Enrichment & Career Exploration seminars
  • Special skills & personal development workshops
  • One-on-one & group tutoring in chemistry, biology & physics
  • Summer enrichment program for incoming freshman
  • Peer mentoring program for first-year students
  • Day of service activities (provide education & career information to grades 6-12 promoting access for historically underrepresented & economically disadvantaged students to STEM fields & the licensed professions).

CSTEP/AMP Member Expectations

  • Meet with your CSTEP/AMP Coordinator at least once a semester (required to receive bookstore stipend). 
  • Must be in good academic standing (GPA  of 2.75 and above required from all students  to receive bookstore stipend) 
  • Submit an unofficial transcript to the CSTEP/AMP office each semester 
  • Be an active participant in the planned workshops and activities by attending a minimum of four CSTEP/LSAMP events each semester.
  • Maintain a CSTEP/AMP major or career path 
  • Develop and maintain an academic plan  
  •  All students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship or research activity prior to graduation. 
  • All students are strongly encouraged to participate in Day of Service activities when possible. 
  • Complete end-of-semester survey each semester 
  • Complete exit survey upon graduation 

Unless otherwise noted, all Spring 2024 Workshops will be held  
DURING COMMON HOUR, 1:30-2:30PM, In Person!

Date Workshops, Seminars, and Activities Presenter(s) and Location
01.22-02.29 Supplemental Advising & Bookstore Stipend Distribution w/CSTEP Academic Coordinators  
02.07.24 Stony Brook University Masters of Public Health Info Session

CSTEP, Public Health, TRIO
NSB S-100

02.13.24 Trip: APACSA C/STEP Advocacy Day in Albany, NY

Albany, NY
6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

02.13.24 Black Heritage Seminar Chadijah 'Dijah Speaks' William
NAB 1100
02.15.24 Degree Works Evaluation/Audit and Graduation Requirements Bill Polaski
NSB S-100
02.20.24 Exploring the Field of Social Work Jean H. Telfort
NSB S-100
02.28.24 Entrepreneurship Workshop Keba Cairo, MBA , President, Don't Snooze on Clues
NSB, S-111
02.29.24 2nd iCare Symposium SUNY Old Westbury
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Pathway to Law School

Katherine Simone, Pre-Law Advisor
NSB, S-105
03.07.24 Beyond the Letters: Career Panel and Discussion CSTEP Staff, FSL, TRIO
Career Professionals Affiliated with Fraternities and Sororities
03.13.24 Who Are You? A Guide To Resume Building Keba Cairo, MBA , President, Don't Snooze on Clues
NSB, S-111
03.14.24 Women in STEM Panel (Celebration of Pi Day)

CSTEP, LSAMP, WiSE, and Association for Women in Math
NAB, 1100


Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. Conference
Advanced Registration Required


9:00 AM-2:00 PM

03.27.24 Picture a Scientist Film and Discussion SEJI, AWM, CSTEP, WGSS, Honors College, and School of Arts and Sciences
NAB, 1100 9:50 AM-11:30 AM

Shadow Career Day: Shadowing a STEM/NYS Professional
Advance Registration Required. 

Times will Vary at Multiple Locations
04.08.24 Total Solar Eclipse Viewing 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Meadow Terrace
04.10.24 Coping Mechanism: Strategies to help you manage curveballs Keba Cairo, MBA, President, Don't Snooze on Clues
NSB, S-111
04.12.24 Trip: NYIT School of Osteopathic Medicine & Grad School Information Session Tour
CSTEP will Provide Transportation. Advance Registration Required

CSTEP Staff and Trio
10:00 AM-2:00PM 

04.13.24 Annual STEP/CSTEP Career Day NSB, Atrium
9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
04.16.24 SUNY Old Westbury Annual Student Research Day MPR A, B, and C
04.19.24 Trip: Stony Brook University Graduate Programs Info Session and Campus Tour
CSTEP will Provide Transportation. Advanced Registration Required
Stony Brook University
10:00 AM- 1:00PM
04.22.24 Earth Day Celebration

Nikki Rogers, Green House, and TRIO
NSB, Atrium

04.26.24 Conference Trip: SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) 2024
CSTEP will Provide Transportation. Advance Registration Required.
Van Departs at 7 AM
04.29.24 Physics "Movie Night" CSTEP, Chem & Phys Dept., and The Social and Environmental Justice Institute
05.03.24 Trip: Adelphi University Graduate Programs Information Session and Campus Tour
CSTEP will Provide Transportation. Advance Registration Required.
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
05.07.24 CSTEP End of the Year Celebration NSB, Atrium

CSTEP offers Individualized and Group Tutorials  for the following: Basic Biological Sciences I and II, Principles of Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Structures of Physics I and II and General Physics I and II. See attached tutoring schedule for more details: 

CSTEP Spring 2024 Tutoring Schedule

  • No appointments necessary, just walk-in/drop-in.  
  • In Person Tutoring will take place in room S-229 in the Natural Sciences Building, during designated times.  

  • Virtual Tutoring will take place via the CSTEP/LSAMP Tutoring Group on Microsoft Teams. Tutors will be logged onto their Channels on the CSTEP Bio Chem & Phys Tutoring MS Team during their assigned times.  

For more information or assistance, please contact the CSTEP Program at cstep@oldwestbury.edu 

Natural Science Building
Room 252 & 254

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Patrick Cadet

Associate Professor
Director of NRI
Co-director of CSTEP & LSAMP
Biological Sciences
Natural Sciences