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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

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.

CSTEP Scholars are successful because they take advantage of the resources available to them including:

  • Specialized tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Presentations
  • Career exploration
  • Educational field trips
  • Academic competitions
  • Service projects 
  • Internships and workshops
  • Research
  • Networking
  • and much more!

From a pre-freshman summer program, to conducting research, to participating in local internships and presenting at conferences (including the CSTEP StateWide Conference), our students become strong leaders and highly competitive individuals either when transferring to a four-year college or university, or seeking employment. 

If you are interested in this journey, please call, email, or stop by our office and we will gladly speak to you about CSTEP.



Christy Stephenson - STEP/CSTEP Coordinator

Megan Wickham - STEP Project Assistant

Carlos Pulquerio - CSTEP Project Assistant

Alumni College Center 204

1101 Sherman Drive - Utica, NY 13501

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