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Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

The Le Moyne College Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was developed to prepare individuals for professional licensure or to enter careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Funded through the New York State Education Department, the program provides historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students services and activities to prepare them for entry into CSTEP-targeted professions. Enrichment activities are focused on (1) Academic Excellence, (2) Leadership, (3) Professional Development (4) Personal development and community service.


CSTEP Program Director: 
Darshini Roopnarine 
1419 Salt Spring Road 
Syracuse, New York 13214-1301 
Phone: (315) 445-4584 
Fax: (315) 445-6032 

  • Be New York state residents (one year or more)
  • Be historically underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields(African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American) or be economically disadvantaged (documentation must be provided)
  • Be a full-time student (12 or more credit hours)
  • Intend to pursue a major/career in the STEM fields and/or the licensed professions


Academic Development
  • A pre-freshman summer program
  • Tutoring
  • Study Groups
  • Supplemental instruction in foundation courses
  • Academic advisement
  • Research opportunities
  • Professional school examination preparation (MCAT, GRE, DAT, LSAT, GMAT)
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Financial assistance with book awards, Kaplan classes, graduate school application fees
  Professional Development
  • Workshops/Speaker Series
  • Professional mentoring/networking
  • Job Shadowing and Internships
  • Networking events
  • Conference participation
  • Travel to graduate schools and careers fairs

Personal Development

• Service learning and community service opportunities
• Peer mentoring/ networking

The LMC programs noted above provide a unique collaborative, supportive environment for the successful operation of CSTEP at Le Moyne.  Since its inception in 2011, CSTEP has enrolled 214 students interested in pursuing CSTEP-targeted professions (35 students above enrollment target).  CSTEP has a successful track record in recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.   In particular, we have been very successful at recruiting and retaining young males of color, a group traditionally hard to attract to academically challenging programs like CSTEP.   Overall, 35% of our students are males; 70% are African-American and 15% Hispanic/Latino.   

Due to the success of the program, each semester, the Program is always 100% enrolled—and often consistently over-enrolled.  Our retention rate is 90%, while our graduation to graduate school and/or employment rate is 90% within 6 months.  All students leave the CSTEP program with a Bachelor’s degree in a CSTEP-related field—earned at LMC.  Over eight (8) majors are represented by current CSTEP students including Biology, Nursing, Information Technology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Criminology, Health Professions, Accounting, Math and the Social Sciences.  

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