Skip Content
  • Learn
  • Experience
  • Give
  • CSTEP

    Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program


    Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

     

    What is CSTEP?

    MISSION:   

    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.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    • 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

    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

    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, PCAT, LSAT, OAT, 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
    • Graduate School Open Houses

    Personal Development

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

    CSTEP Program Director: 

    Darshini Roopnarine 
    1419 Salt Spring Road 
    Syracuse, New York 13214-1301 
    roopnatd@lemoyne.edu
    Phone: (315) 445-4584 
    Fax: (315) 445-6032 


    Cleane Medeiros, PharmD., MSc., Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
    Le Moyne College


     

    The Le Moyne College’s CSTEP grant enabled the institution to continue and expand on its previous success in preparing historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for entry into careers leading to professional licensure or STEM fields. The program is designed to integrate strong (1) Academic (A pre-freshman summer program, Tutoring, Study Groups, Academic Advisement, Research Opportunities, Graduate school preparation, and Financial assistance with book awards, Kaplan  classes, graduate school application fees); (2) Professional (Weekly seminars, mentoring/networking, Job shadowing/internships, Conference participation, Graduate schools and career fairs) and (3) Personal Development.   We evolved through the year by addressing activities focused on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective leaders so every student need would be met in any of the areas above mentioned. During the spring, we focused on leadership skills and preparedness for graduate school and employment. Our activities were followed by a reflective piece to encourage acceptance of positive criticism, help, vocalization of needs/directions and empowerment. Our CSTEP students developed a strong connection with our STEP cohort by tutoring, peer mentoring, and mostly important taking them to their classrooms as an opportunity to inspire and motivate a college going culture.  We are proud of our 85% and above student's participation in weekly seminars, advising sessions and utilization of college resources. These strengths have led to a 90% retention and persistence rates.  Far exceeding our numbers, CSTEP at Le Moyne College has grown significantly which is an outcome of our student's hard work, resiliency, strong sense of community and high academic performance.
    CSTEP
    • 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

     


    CSTEP
    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.  

    Download the full report (pdf)
    Download report data (pdf)

    Darshini Roopnarine, MSW, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean, Student Development
    Director, Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
    Director, Science Technology Entry Program (STEP)
    Le Moyne College


     

    Our Newsletter See the latest news, student stories and highlights from the STEP & CSTEP programs at Le Moyne College Download the Latest Edition