Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Mission

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.
CSTEP Programs provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in science, mathematics and technology content areas. Programs consist of summer and academic year components including:

  • Supervised training in research methods 
  • Internships
  • Graduate/Professional school admissions counseling
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Academic and career development activities

Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who belong to groups historically underrepresented and economically disadvantage in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions and who demonstrate interest in pursuing professional careers.

Services Available

The University at Albany CSTEP program also provides opportunities to conduct summer research, receive peer mentors/tutors and discounts toward graduate preparatory courses. The program pursues partnerships with departments within the university as well as other university partnerships in order to support the development of our future STEM professionals. UAlbany CSTEP students benefit from programs throughout the year including:

Secondary Academic Advisement
Free Peer Mentoring/Tutoring
CSTEP/ McNair Conferences
Research Symposiums
Graduate Fairs
UASRP
Midterm/Finals Lunches
Brown Bag Luncheons
Study Skills Workshops/Materials
Annual CSTEP Conference
Medical Fair
LSAMP

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these offerings! For information on these or other programs feel free to call: 

Interim Director- Mayra Santiago: (518) 442-5175
Interim Program Coordinator- Collina Cooke: (518) 442-5071
Assistant to the Director- Yessenia Raposo: (518)-442-5182

Research Opportunities

The University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP) is a research program hosted in the summer session for qualified underrepresented students to gain research experience. Some of the institutions that we partner with are (but are not limited to):

  • University at Albany
  • Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics
  • Pharmaceutical Research Institute Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Albany Medical College
  • NYS Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center
  • Stratton VA Medical Center

Student Eligibility

The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who belong to groups historically underrepresented and economically disadvantage in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions and who demonstrate interest in pursuing professional careers.

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.
The LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

CSTEP Conference

The Annual CSTEP conference is a statewide conference for students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) throughout New York State. This conference allows students to engage in networking opportunities with other CSTEP programs. The University at Albany's CSTEP program invites 15-24 STEM students to attend the conference. One student is selected from each school to be an Ambassador whose duties include greeting, hosting, moderating and ushering guests during the conference.

Students also participate in both poster and oral competition presentations regarding research they have conducted throughout the year. These presentations are categorized based on research topics and later scored by judges. Towards the end of the conference there is an award ceremony announcing the winners. This year (April 2015) our program was fortunate to have one of our own CSTEP students, Ahlam Abuawad, win for her research in NanoHealth & Safety: Investigation of Nanoparticle Biodistribution Following Inhalation Exposure under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Brenner M.D., M.P.H. from SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  

 

Congratulations Ahlam!!

 

Ahlam's Bio
AhlamI graduated from the University at Albany in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry. During my time at the University, I became involved in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), where I worked as a tutor and mentor for three years. Through CSTEP, I had the opportunity to become involved in research with the University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP). I had the privilege of interning with the Brenner Research Group at SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. During my time with the Brenner Research Group, I performed hyperspectral and darkfield imaging and analysis of histological samples. My research was focused on the biodistribution of nanoparticles following inhalation exposure in rat models. It feels amazing to be recognized for the time and effort spent on conducting my research; let alone to have won first place in oral presentations in Technology at the 23rd Annual CSTEP Conference. In the fall, I will attend the University at Albany School of Public Health, where I will earn a Master’s of Public Health in Environmental Health.

 

 

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