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Designed for college students whose majors are in the fields of science, math, engineering, technologies and allied health, CSTEP provides historically underrepresented, economically disadvantaged college students with activities to foster academic excellence and nurture students as they progress through their college study. Activities include specialized tutoring, mentoring, presentations, career exploration, field trips, academic competitions, service projects, internships and workshops.

CSTEP is a New York State Department of Education grant-funded enrichment initiative designed to foster academic excellence, cultivate student independence, enhance students' college experience, and increase awareness and opportunities for historically and economically underrepresented college students:

  • In pre-professional or professional undergraduate study
  • Majoring in math, science, technology, and health related fields
  • Seeking professional licensure

Members of CSTEP must:

  • Be open to a holistic approach to their college experience
  • Meet with the CSTEP Staff at least 3 times per semester to discuss academics, career plans, personal issues, and finances
  • Attend all general meetings and at least 2 CSTEP sponsored activities per semester
  • Be a self advocate and ask for the services that they need
  • Maintain or increase their GPA
  • Participate in ‘CSTEP Service Days’
  • Participate in at least one internship/research project prior to graduation

Eligible participants must:

  • Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan or economically underrepresented
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent New York State resident
  • Be enrolled at MVCC as a full-time student in one of the following major areas: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering, Construction Trades, Nursing, Health Services, Law, or Secondary Education (Science and Math)
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8

Christy Stephenson - STEP/CSTEP Coordinator

Megan Wickham - STEP

Carlos Pulquerio - CSTEP

Alumni College Center, 204

STEP: 315-792-5529
CSTEP: 315-792-5395