Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Medaille University

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Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a program funded by the State Education Department to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in law, mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.

Participation in CSTEP is absolutely free.

Dejan Karlovic, Ph.D.
Director, CSTEP Program
Senior Grants Officer
Huber Hall 119
(716) 880-3080

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Science, math and technology community library in Huber Hall, between rooms 218 and 219Mission Statement

The Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP) at Medaille University is dedicated to providing and promoting services and opportunities for historically underrepresented minority groups and financially disadvantaged students. The CSTEP Program aims to support and prepare students pursuing careers in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields and/or licensed professions.

In achieving this mission, CSTEP provides services that are culturally relevant and respects the diversity of student needs.

CSTEP intends to enable students to contribute to society by continuously offering dynamic, innovative programs that aid in increasing professional development and academic scholarship. By doing so, CSTEP students will gain valuable tools and resources that will enhance their competitiveness when pursuing STEM graduate degrees, professions or licensed careers.



CSTEP provides services to both undergraduate and graduate minority and/ or economically disadvantaged students interested in careers in science, math, technology, health professions and other licensed professional fields. Exposing CSTEP students to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines helps to reshape the culture of these professions as students reach their desired career goals.

Program Benefits

Why should you join CSTEP?


As a CSTEP student, you automatically have a team of supporters who will assist fostering your passion in the science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) to encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity and resource available.  



In addition to your college Academic Advisor, CSTEP students get supplemental advisement on what courses they should be taking to prepare for graduate, medical and/or law school, necessities for internships and research experience, financial assistance in preparing to take graduate exams, such as GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT and more.  


Academic Enrichment

CSTEP provides academic enrichment, research experience, supportive skill-building workshops and programs and assistance in preparing for standardized exams and identifying and securing various internships and scholarship opportunities.  



CSTEP is designed to afford students the opportunity to meet and build relationships with licensed professionals in CSTEP fields. These professionals can serve as mentors, write recommendation letters and provide internship opportunities. In CSTEP, not only is it what you know — it's also whom you know.  

Students become a part of a state-wide network of students, faculty, staff, professionals and government officials who are committed to ensuring that program participants have support they need to meet their goals and realize their dreams.


Eligibility for CSTEP

  • New York State Resident
  • U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be a full-time student (12 credit hours matriculated)
  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA minimum
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native and/or economically disadvantaged, as defined by New York State income guidelines
  • Pursuing health-related profession, career in science, technology, mathematics or licensed profession

CSTEP Supported Academic Programs



What can I expect as a CSTEP student?

  • Maintain academic standards (a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required) 
  • Meet with CSTEP staff two times per semester.
  • Attendance at monthly CSTEP meetings.
  • Attendance to a minimum of two CSTEP workshops, events or activities each semester.
  • Participation in an internship and/or research experience (paid or unpaid).
Meet the CSTEP Team
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