Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
Suffolk Community College
’s (SCCC) Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) provides academic support services to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields and the licensed professions. CSTEP is funded by the New York State Education Department.
The program is open to any student with at least a 2.8 GPA (or a high school average of at least 80) who is majoring in fields related to math, science, health, computer science or engineering.Those pursuing careers in licensed professions such as math or science teaching, law, social work and psychology are also eligible.Students must also meet the following criteria:
GPA of 2.8 or high school average of 80;
major in fields related to math, science, health, computer science or engineering;
underrepresented or economically disadvantaged; and
matriculated and taking at least 12 credits each semester.
Major program components include:
tutoring for all courses;
career-related field trips and seminars;
job shadowing and interning experiences at Brookhaven Lab and with STEP; and
transition programs for graduates continuing their education at four-year institutions.
In addition, Suffolk partners with Brookhaven National Laboratory, SUNY at Old Westbury and Stony Brook University to provide research and networking opportunities to CSTEP students. Brookhaven National Laboratory provides tours, talks/seminars, job shadowing and summer internships for select CSTEP students. SUNY at Old Westbury provides a network and conferences for students pursuing careers with a focus on math/science education and social sciences. Stony Brook University provides a network for students pursuing careers with a focus on medicine, science, engineering and social science.