Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 - What is the purpose of CSTEP?
 - Who can be a CSTEP student?
 - How can I become a CSTEP student?
 - Which majors are eligible for CSTEP?
 - What do I gain from being a CSTEP participant?
 - Is CSTEP a remedial program?
 Answers for Faculty:
 - What are the special needs of CSTEP students?
 - How can I get involved with CSTEP?
 - Is CSTEP a remedial program?


Answers for Students:

What is the purpose of CSTEP?

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) aims to increase the numbers of historically underrepresented graduates in scientific, technical, business, and health-related careers, as well as those seeking post-baccalaureate education. The program provides support and guidance to its students and emphasizes high levels of involvement and achievement.
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Who can be a CSTEP student?

Those who are a member of an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) or an economically eligible Asian or white student with demonstrated potential for success in degree attainment who are enrolled in eligible academic programs.

Additionally you must meet the following eligibilty criteria:

  • Be a resident of New York state.
  • Be a member of a historically underrepresented group in math, science, technology, and health-related fields.
  • Be a full-time student in good academic standing pursing a degree in an eligible major.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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How can I become a CSTEP student?

To become a CSTEP student come to the CSTEP office in 171 Campus Center. You will need to talk with our Program Staff and turn in the completed application form. Your application will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent to you in the mail.
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Which majors are eligible for CSTEP?

The following majors at Oswego are eligible for CSTEP:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cognitive Science
  • Economics
  • Education (Math and Science only)
  • Finance
  • Geology
  • Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Justice
  • Political Science (Pre-Law)
  • Sociology (Social Work)
  • Wellness Management
  • Zoology
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What do I gain from being a CSTEP participant?

As a CSTEP student you will have access to a wide variety of workshops, programs, and support services. Through these workshops, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with interested faculty and motivated students like yourself. These include:

  • Tutoring
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Internship opportunities
  • Study groups
  • Career awareness programs
  • Professional association memberships
  • Conference opportunities
  • Undergraduate research
  • Laptop loan program
  • Social activities

Additionally you will benefit from the experience and knowledge of your mentors and CSTEP staff. We will help to create a more personalized college experience for you. 
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Is CSTEP a remedial program?

It is a common misconception that CSTEP is a remedial program. Nothing could be farther from the truth. To be accepted into CSTEP students need a minimum GPA of 2.5. Once a student is an active member they must maintain their GPA, or risk being put on inactive status. CSTEP does not provide remediation, it provides academic support. Many CSTEP students are first-generation college students and may lack the experience and knowledge to ensure success in college. Generally students in CSTEP perform as well, if not better, than the rest of the campus community. 
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Answers for Faculty:

What are the special needs of CSTEP students?

Due to their generally strong academic profile, CSTEP students' academic support needs are minimal. Their tutoring needs may be more related to improving a grade to maintain or improve their GPA for getting into a graduate school or internship program rather than for simply trying to pass a course.

However, many CSTEP participants' needs center around the need to develop a better understanding of the American higher education system, career demands, and expectations. Even though CSTEP participants are academically sound, these students may not be acquainted with the inner trappings of collegiate life since they may be the first member of their family and/or peer group to pursue a college education. Some may not clearly understand the need for acquiring out-of-the-classroom experience. Thus the kind of support that CSTEP provides is focused on helping students navigate through their college career.
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How can I get involved with CSTEP?

We are always interested in having faculty and administrators to work with our CSTEP students. There are several ways that you can get involved:

  • You can mentor up to five students
  • You can sponsor/supervise one or more students doing undergraduate research
  • You can present workshops for CSTEP students
  • You can attend one of the many CSTEP events
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Is CSTEP a remedial program?

It is a common misconception that CSTEP is a remedial program. Nothing could be farther from the truth. To be accepted into CSTEP students need a minimum GPA of 2.5. Once a student is an active member they must maintain their GPA, or risk being put on inactive status. CSTEP does not provide remediation, it provides academic support. Many CSTEP students are first-generation college students and may lack the experience and knowledge to ensure success in college. Generally students in CSTEP perform as well, if not better, than the rest of the campus community. 
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