Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)


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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

CSTEP provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in STEM content areas. The program consist of both the 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

Student Eligibility

The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who belong to groups historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged in STEM or licensed professions and who demonstrate interest in pursuing professional careers. Students must maintain a 2.7 GPA.

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
  • Midterm/Finals Lunches
  • Brown Bag Luncheons
  • Study Skills Workshops/Materials
  • Medical Fair

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities! For more information regarding these or other programs feel free to call: 

Director – Mayra E. Santiago: (518) 442-5175
Program Coordinator – Sabrina Fernandez: (518) 442-5071

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

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.

The World Within Reach

Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.