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Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

The St. Francis College Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) serves undergraduate students interested in the sciences, health related fields, and careers in licensed professions such as psychology, social work, and accounting.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Education, CSTEP fosters academic excellence by ensuring students have the support services, summer programming, financial assistance, and career and research opportunities they need to succeed. Most importantly, CSTEP students are part of a vibrant community of scholars who dream, serve, and achieve together as they pursue their professional goals. By graduation, students in CSTEP are highly prepared to enter the workforce and pursue graduate work in their field of study.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for CSTEP, students must be:

  • A New York State resident for at least the last 12 months
  • Enrolled full time (at least 12 credits)
  • Pursuing or intending to pursue a science or pre-health major or a licensed profession*
  • Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native OR in an economically disadvantaged group (see chart for income criteria)
  • Demonstrated ability to academically succeed (current students must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA; incoming first year students must have a HS GPA of 80)

*Majors that are accepted by the CSTEP program include accounting, biology, chemistry, health care management, health promotion and science, math, nursing, pre-med, physics, psychology, and sociology (social work).

Benefits

Why Join CSTEP?

Financial Perks

  • $250 book voucher each semester ​
  • Travel grant to attend a research conference​
  • Graduate school assistance on fees and/or test prep
  • Summer course grant (only if needed to stay on track for graduation; reviewed on a case by case basis)

Academic Support

  • 1:1 or small group tutoring ​
  • Faculty mentoring ​
  • Co-curricular planning with Academic Advisors​
  • Graduate School application assistance ​
  • Test preparation, if needed, for licensure or graduate school applications

Career & Professional Services

  • Field trips to job fairs, graduate school fairs, research programs, or industry partners ​
  • Research opportunities
  • Community service events ​
  • Leadership opportunities on the CSTEP Advisory Board ​
  • Panel & workshops on learning about career paths

….and much more!

Program Requirement/Expectations

What CSTEP expects from YOU once accepted?

  • Sign and adhere to all terms in the CSTEP Student Agreement
  • Be in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required) every semester​
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 units is required) every semester ​
  • Meet with CSTEP staff once a semester ​
  • Attend at least two CSTEP workshops, events or activities each semester (offerings will include summer bootcamps, small group or 1:1 tutoring, leadership workshops, career workshops, faculty mentor gatherings, 1:1 academic advising appointments, test prep, and so much more)​
  • Participate in an internship or research experience prior to graduation