CSTEP is a program funded by the New York State Education Department. Its mission is to increase the participation of students from under-represented groups in the fields of science, mathematics, and technology. Under-represented groups include individuals who describe themselves as being African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Alaskan Native. Individuals who do not fall under these classifications can still join the CSTEP program based on economic need. CSTEP promotes academic excellence, and so a minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required to enter the program.
At BMCC, CSTEP involves doing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, weekly workshops and seminars, and participation in the Annual Student Research Poster Presentation in March.
For a more detailed description of the eligibility requirements and the application process, visit the Join CSTEP section.
There are many benefits to joining CSTEP including working with a faculty member on a research project, establishing connections to four-year colleges and universities, a chance to compete in state competitions and the opportunity to receive a stipend. There is more information on the Benefits page