Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State Department of Education funded program developed to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and health-related fields. CSTEP provides structured services which contribute to the academic and professional success of students. SUNY Oswego is proud to bring the CSTEP program back to campus in 2020 after a five-year hiatus.

Eligibility and Application

Who is eligible for CSTEP?

To be eligible for SUNY Oswego’s CSTEP program, students must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
  • A New York state resident (for at least 12 months)
  • Enrolled full time at SUNY Oswego
  • Black/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic American, Alaskan Native, Native American or economically disadvantaged (based on state income eligibility criteria)
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above for students at SUNY Oswego for two semesters or more
  • Interested in pursuing a career in STEM or a New York state licensed profession (such as law, social work, counseling, or accounting).

What majors qualify for CSTEP?

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM or a New York state licensed profession (such as law, social work, counseling, or accounting) are welcome to apply. Students majoring in areas not listed below who are planning to pursue a licensed profession are also welcome to apply. For example, philosophy students planning to go to law school or English majors planning to go to medical school would be welcome.

STEM majors include:

  • Adolescent Education in any STEM field of emphasis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Information Science
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Zoology

Additional majors that may provide a pathway to a licensed profession may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Human Development
  • Psychology
  • Wellness Management

What are the benefits of participating in CSTEP?

  • Individual mentoring
  • Match to research labs for research experience, professional shadowing opportunities, and internship opportunities
  • Academic and career counseling
  • A group of similarly motivated students to support each other’s progress
  • Tutoring support (group and individual)
  • Study skills and career preparation workshops
  • Opportunities to visit and connect with graduate programs
  • Opportunities to present student research and internship accomplishments and build résumé experiences
  • Assistance with graduate test preparation classes (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc.)
  • Access to CSTEP research stipends and textbook stipends
  • Opportunity to develop a portfolio appropriate for applying for graduate programs or professional positions
  • Access to a tailored summer preparation program for entering freshmen delivered fully online (beginning Summer 2021)

What are the responsibilities of students participating in CSTEP?

  • Support other CSTEP students in a positive community of achievement, collaboration, and celebration
  • Attend the weekly one-hour CSTEP seminar that will include tutoring and building skills in career development, research, networking, and academic skills (beginning Spring 2021)
  • Develop a CSTEP student portfolio including materials that will be useful for applying to graduate school or professional positions
  • Participate in the annual CSTEP Showcase where students can exhibit their achievements
  • Participate in research and internship experiences that further students’ goals
  • Maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA

Contact

To request more information, contact us at CSTEP@oswego.edu.