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 or Email Us: 

Director – Mayra E. Santiago: (518) 442-5175
Program Coordinator – Delisha Bella: 
(518) 442-5071
Assistant Coordinator/Program Academic Advisor - Lourdes Thebaud:
(518) 442-5183

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