Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at SUNY Old Westbury

2019 STEP Conference, Albany, NY

STEP has sought to promote the social, cognitive and character development of middle and high school students (grades 7-12) with the goal of leading them to pursue a college degree/career in a STEP targeted field. The program specifically recruits students who are underrepresented minorities (URM) and/or those who are economically disadvantaged to develop their aptitude and interest in STEP-targeted fields. The program currently serves 287 URM students from primarily Westbury, Freeport, Uniondale, Valley Stream and Baldwin school districts.

step at Old Westbury

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2019 Summer Research

 2020 STEP Summer Research Program - Students design an authentic research project from a menu of research topics presented by SUNY OW faculty in the science departmets, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  

2019 Phage Hunting

2019 Summer Research Program: Phage Hunting - Students isolate and characterize bacteriophages from local soils.  

2019 Summer Program:  Biology at the Craddle

2019 Summer Program at the Craddle of Aviation - Middle School and High School freshpersons take STEP courses at the Craddle of Aviation.  

2019 Advocacy Day

Advocacy: C/STEP administrators, students, and parents travel to Albany once a year to meet members of the legislature, to share our success, and advocate for funding for the programs. 


Fernando Nieto

Professor of Biology
Science and Technology Entry Program Director
Biological Sciences
Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at SUNY Old Westbury
School of Arts and Sciences
Natural Sciences