Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

STEP is part of a statewide body that is funded by the State Education Department. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and /or economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degree programs that lead to professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions.

The program also challenges parents and educators to become involved in the process to support the development of our “community of learners.” Students are expected to participate in and attend the annual statewide conference.


  • To stimulate, challenge and encourage students to achieve in a technological setting
  • Introduce students to a variety of careers in the fields of Math, Science and Technology
  • To meet people in the industry and in education and to encourage students to pursue careers in Math, Science and Technology
  • To provide a non-threatening environment for students

Programs and Services

STEP achieves its goal by offering various programs to individuals who are economically disadvantaged "(income guidelines)", or African American, Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American, Pacific Islanders 7th - 12th grade students from schools in the Capital District, in particular the Albany City School District UAlbany STEP students benefit from programs that consist of summer and academic year components. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these offerings:

  • 1-Credit College Transition Course (UNI 103)
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Afterschool Programming
  • Annual STEP Conference Competition
  • Career awareness/character development activities
  • College & Career Visits
  • Day of Service
  • FIRST Robotics Competitive Team
  • High School & Middle School tutoring
  • High School and College admissions counseling
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Regents exam preparation
  • Research training in the STEM & licensed professions
  • Saturday Programming
  • Standardized test preparation (SAT)
  • UAlbany STEP Summer Institute

For information on these or other programs feel free to contact us:

Director – Mayra E. Santiago 518-442-5175
Program CoordinatorMeagan Lasky 518-442-9083
Academic CounselorPascale Maximin 518-442-5191
Saturday CoordinatorCamille Ramos 518-442-3023

Apply Now

Students interested in UAlbany STEP are encouraged to download an application below, or visit the Office of Access & Academic Enrichment (OAAE) housed in the Education Opportunities Program (EOP) Complex, at LI-94. The application process is open enrollment, and applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements. *Economic eligibility guidelines are determined by the state of New York. Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American) must meet these income guidelines.

  1. STEP Academic Year Application
  2. STEP Summer Institute 2018
    1. ACE
    2. BRIDGE
    3. CORE


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