Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP)

The mission of CSTEP is to recruit and retain students from historically underrepresented minorities (of African, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaskan Native descents) or economically disadvantaged (based on criteria established by New York State) pursuing professional education programs of study leading to professional licensure and careers in STEM fields to ensure completion of their degrees.

Our Mission and Goals

What is CSTEP?

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was established in 1986. It is a joint project with the New York Department of Education that designed to foster academic excellence for under-represented or economically disadvantaged, full-time college students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields or licensed professions.

The CSTEP Program provides students with many services during their school years to help them achieving their academic and professional goals. 

Awards with students and CSTEP Staff
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Regular Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Summer Hours 2024:

(From Monday, June 10th through Friday, August 9th)

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm


CSTEP Staff:

Ms. Francesca Berrouet, CSTEP Director

Mr. Eric Bernardez, CSTEP Office Coordinator


Contact Info:

Science Building, S-124
222-05, 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364

(718) 631-6036


What does CSTEP expect from its students?

Commit to your own success

Seek opportunities and resources

Transform your dreams into accomplishments

Empower yourself through enrichment

Push yourself beyond your challenges

Who is eligible to apply to the CSTEP Program?

  1. Students who can provide proof of NYS residency for at least 12 months.

  2. Students with a valid New York State ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (non-driver’s ID is acceptable).

  3. Students enrolled full-time (12 credits or more) for every participating semester.

  4. Students who intend to pursue a degree in STEM or a career leading towards a licensed profession.

Please note: Students who report themselves as White or Asian should meet the income eligibility criteria set by NYSED


What do members gain from CSTEP?

  • Personalized Academic Advisement
  • Supplemental financial assistance via stipends (Free money) and referrals to scholarship
  • Socioemotional assistance in times of crisis with referrals to the Counseling Center
  • Academic enrichment via workshops during club hours (Every Wednesdays from 12PM to 2PM)
  • Career planning
  • Referrals to Kaplan and other review opportunities and material for licensing examinations 
  • Time management workshops
  • Study skills workshops
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Tutoring referral
  • Referral and guidance to summer STEM tuition waivers application
  • Campus tours
  • Resume and cover letter writing assistance in collaboration with the Office of Career Services
  • Library orientation
  • Internships and Research placement
  • Free Graphing calculators 
  • Access to special conferences (in particular: The ANnual CSTEP Statewide Conference, the SACNAS conference and the Black Engineer Week conference)
  • Access to CSTEP Statewide network
  • Access to CUNY/QCC/CSTEP Alumni Network
  • Special awards
  • Mentorship opportunity
  • Free CSTEP swag
  • CSTEP Summer Booster session
  • and more...
CSTEP Students receiving awards

What majors are accepted by the CSTEP Program?

CSTEP accepts students enrolled in Associate Degree Programs.

Please see details below about specific majors by Academy. 


Please note: Students enrolled in Certificate Programs are not eligible.


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