Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

What is STEP? 

The Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a statewide initiative that prepares historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue undergraduate degrees in STEM fields. 

The program also challenges parents and educators to become involved in the process to support the development of our community of learners. 

STEP is funded by the New York State Education Department

 

Students participating at STEP ACE Summer Program

 

What opportunities does STEP offer? 

STEP encourages students to achieve in a technological setting, introduces them to a variety of career options and provides them opportunities to meet higher education and STEM professionals.  

We offer various programs for 7th through 12th grade students from the Capital Region. Many UAlbany STEP participants are Albany City School District students. 

STEP students can participate in a variety of opportunities during the summer and academic year, including: 

  • Academic enrichment and character development activities 

  • College courses

  • Annual statewide STEP conference 

  • College and career visits

  • Community service 

  • Tutoring

  • College admissions counseling 

  • Internships and research

  • Mentoring 

  • Regents exam and SAT preparation

Learn more about each of our current programs.


 

Who is eligible? 

STEP participants must: 

  • Be enrolled in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a Capital Region school 

  • Be economically disadvantaged and/or historically underrepresented in STEM careers and licensed professions (see below) 
     

Defining Economic Disadvantage & Underrepresentation 

To be eligible to participate in CSTEP and/or STEP, students must be economically disadvantaged and/or historically underrepresented in STEM careers or licensed professions. 

The following groups are historically underrepresented in STEM: 

  • African American

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native

Economic disadvantage is measured through household income. Documentation is required. 
 

Number of dependents in your household Eligible income for CSTEP/STEP (2021-2022)
1 $23,606
2 $31,894
3 $40,182
4 $48,470
5 $56,758
6 $65,046
7 $73,334
8 $81,622


If your household has more than eight dependents, please add $8,288 per dependent.

 

Chi Alpha Epsilon students at Wild Walk

 

How do I apply? 

Students who are interested in UAlbany STEP should apply online: 
 

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Academic Year Program

You can submit the 2022-2023 Academic Year Program Application at any time.

Who: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade students 

What: Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, which may include: 

  • College fairs and information sessions 

  • Tutoring and homework help sessions 

  • SAT prep courses 

  • A credit-bearing University in High School course 

  • Competitive projects and research 

  • Science workshops 

  • Wellness and social activities 

  • Special events 

When: Saturday programs are generally held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After-school programs are generally held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

COVID-19 Safety: The program will follow all University and CDC guidelines. Rules are subject to change as guidance is updated.

 

Apply to Academic Year Program

 

ACE Summer Program

Applications for Summer 2022 are closed. Applications for Summer 2023 are coming soon.

Who: Rising 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders 

When: Dates for the 2023 program have not yet been announced.

What: Students will participate in activities, workshops and presentations related to STEM, college and career readiness, and wellness and academic support. STEP will provide buses to and from campus and for any field trips, lunch, any necessary supplies and technology, and a program t-shirt. 

Compensation: Students who are age 14 or older will be compensated for their time, upon successful completion of the program.  

  • Students who are city of Albany residents will be compensated through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), if eligible. Note: Students who are eligible for SYEP must apply for the program separately. If accepted, they must request to be assigned UAlbany STEP as their site. 

  • Students who are not city of Albany residents or who are not eligible for SYEP will receive a stipend check from the University of the same amount.

COVID-19 Safety: The program will follow all University and CDC guidelines, and rules are subject to change as guidance is updated.

Summer Bridge Program

Applications for Summer 2022 are closed. Applications for Summer 2023 are coming soon.

Who: Rising 9th and 10th grade students 

When: Dates for the 2023 program have not yet been announced.

What: Students will participate in academic support and enrichment activities. STEP will provide lunch each day, as well as buses to and from campus. The Summer Bridge Program is jointly run by UAlbany STEP and the Albany City School District

Compensation: Students who are city of Albany residents will be compensated through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), if eligible. Note: Students who are eligible for SYEP must apply for the program separately. If accepted, they must request to be assigned UAlbany STEP as their site. 

COVID-19 Safety: The program will follow all University and CDC guidelines, and rules are subject to change as guidance is updated.

CORE Summer Program

Applications for Summer 2022 are closed. Applications for Summer 2023 are coming soon.

Who: Rising 11th and 12th grade students who have at least an 80% average, a B- average or a 2.5 GPA 

When: Dates for the 2023 program have not yet been announced.

What: Students will participate in: 

  • A 1-credit UUNI 103: College Transitions course on college readiness and financial literacy (returning CORE students will take an alternative 1-credit course) 

  • 12 hours of SAT Reading prep and 12 hours of SAT Math prep 

  • A Library Research Skills class 

  • A placement in a University or government research lab, where they will be mentored by a faculty or professional staff member and an undergraduate student 

  • Study time, wellness activities and social activities 

STEP will provide: 

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day 

  • Transportation to and from campus 

  • Transportation and from research lab placements, site visits and field trips, if applicable 

  • Any necessary supplies and technology 

  • A program t-shirt, bag and padfolio

Compensation: Students will be compensated for their time, upon successful completion of the program.  

  • Students who are city of Albany residents will be compensated through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), if eligible. Note: Students who are eligible for SYEP must apply for the program separately. If accepted, they must request to be assigned UAlbany STEP as their site. 

  • Students who are not city of Albany residents or who are not eligible for SYEP will receive a stipend check from the University of the same amount. 

COVID-19 Safety: The program will follow all University and CDC guidelines, and rules are subject to change as guidance is updated.