Contact

Johnni F. Mahdi
Director of Opportunity Programs

(315) 792-3209

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)



CSTEP students with UC Associate Professor of Chemistry Michelle BoucherUtica College's Office of Opportunity Programs provides services to help students earn their college degree. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, or CSTEP, is one of the programs provided.

CSTEP's goal is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. Eligible majors include:
  • Accountancy - CPA
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Health Studies
  • Math and science teacher education 
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Psychology/Psychology Child Life
  • Therapeutic Recreation

African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans qualify for the program, as do low-income Asian Americans and Caucasians as defined by the state's income guidelines (see economic criteria). CSTEP students receive careful guidance in their major from faculty members who lend their areas of expertise as academic advisers.

Program services


In addition to tutoring, academic advising and counseling services, program students complete an internship in their chosen field, attend conferences and workshops that aid in preparation for the profession, and receive some financial support to cover the cost of books. Students also gain practical experience through job shadowing, mentoring, and cooperative jobs.

CSTEP provides academic enrichment and research experience in STEM content areas. Projects consist of academic year and summer components including:
  • Supervised training in research methods
  • Graduate/professional school admissions preparation
  • Standardized tests preparation
  • Academic and career development activities