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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, and
    (4) Personal Development & Community Service.

     

    The STEM Dilemma
    • The US is ranked 27th (out of 29) for producing STEM bachelor’s degrees.
    • STEM undergraduates students have the lowest retention rates.
    • 16% of US bachelor degrees will specialize in STEM and only 7% will have a graduate degree.
    • Increased risk for underrepresented students (females, first generation, and low income)

    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


     

    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

    Students who do not meet the above academic criteria may be admitted on a probationary basis subject to CSTEP oversight and review.


    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, 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 & Community Service

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

    Enrichment activities are designed to increase recruitment, retention and placement of eligible students in severe shortage areas and include Individual Advisement, Workshop Series, Mentorship & Faculty Support, Research Opportunities, Tutoring, Summer Program, Experiential Education, Career & Graduate School Preparation, Conferences, Community Service, Service Learning, Cultural Activities, and Day of Service.

    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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    35% of our students have made the Dean's List (GPA above 3.5)

    65% of our students achieved GPA above 3.0
     

    Our Students Succeed

    "If it wasn't for CSTEP, I probably would have failed college" - Masala Joseph, CSTEP student, 2017