Collegiate Science, Engineering & Technology Entry Program

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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.

  • Textbook Stipends (issued at the beginning of each semester)
  • Supplemental academic advising
  • Internship opportunities with private corporations and government laboratories
  • Supervised research opportunities
  • Employment, scholarship or educational references
  • Participation in state-wide and national conferences
  • 50% discount with Kaplan Test Prep and Educational CenterGraduate school exam preparation
  • Variety of workshops and seminars that include enrichment workshops and special skills development workshops
  • One-on-one and group tutoring in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Pre-Freshmen Summer Residential Program
  • Peer mentoring program for first-year students
  • Day of service activities (provide education and career information to grades 6-12 promoting access for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students to STEM fields and the licensed professions).
  • Diabetes Awareness and Education Course (offered each fall)

To be eligible for CSTEP, students must meet the following criteria:

  • New York State residents
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Underrepresented Students: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or American  Indian* or economically disadvantaged**
  • Declared in one of the following majors:  Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science,  Health and Society, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Pre-law studies, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, or  Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science

* For the purpose of CSTEP, individuals historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/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.

How to apply​​​​​

Applications for the CSTEP programs can be obtained from the CSTEP/LSAMP Office.

Please email completed application and supplemental documents to

  • Completed application form (pdf)
  • Unofficial Transcript (must be submitted every semester)
  • One recommendation (use form attached to application or provide letter)
  • Financial eligibility documentation is required for CSTEP applicants who are not from underrepresented groups