Le Moyne's College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), a successful support system for underrepresented students, is grateful and proud of its many recent accomplishments. With recruitment on the upswing, the program welcomed 16 new freshman this past fall. A total of 80 students are on the CSTEP roster, surpassing the goal of 68 students.
Over the course of the year, the program has moved away from virtual meetings to in-person. During the 2020-2022 academic years, CSTEP had a total of 1,777 one-on-one student appointments, with the highest number of interactions occurring during the fall semesters (October 2020 and September 2021 held 162 and 164 appointments, respectively). In these two challenging years, CSTEP held 64 seminars, with 1,451 students in attendance and 2,741 study sessions. Beyond the numbers, the reality of our students showing up, both on screen and in person, despite challenges and setbacks, is never lost on us. During such demanding times, our fall 2021 grades demonstrate that our students are still achieving, boasting an overall average GPA of 3.2 with half of our students currently on the Dean’s List.
CSTEP’s many fall seminars maintained their focus on STEM and licensed professions while also branching out into the arts and business. Student-led seminars focused on time management, the graduate application process and course registration. In November, CSTEP students joined with their local high school colleagues in STEP for a shadow day to get a taste of college life.
The innovative GAP (Graduate Advancement Program), founded by CSTEP students to demystify the process of applying to graduate school, entered its third year. GAP speakers and CSTEP alumni shared their knowledge with aspiring grad students in regards to study habits, entrance exams and graduate school visits.
The CSTEP and GAP programs were honored by a visit from an associate in Higher Education of the NY State Education Department (NYSED), Dr. Kim Overrocker, and the assistant commissioner of the Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement, Dr. Anael Alston. We were honored to speak about the program’s mission, vision, progress and impact.
We are privileged to collaborate with such a stellar group of people as they pursue big dreams under what has been a difficult few years and look forward to all the ways CSTEP students will surprise and inspire us in the future.