Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Students in the lab
The BMCC CSTEP Program provides hands-on training in the STEM fields of science, mathematics, technology, and health. CSTEP prepares students for careers in these fields through a variety of workshops, career development seminars, and research-based inquiry.

The goal of the CSTEP program is to increase the number of under-represented groups in STEM-related fields and to facilitate bridges for student research with scientists at four-year colleges and universities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Alaskan Native to qualify as a member of an underrepresented group in CSTEP. If you not do not identify as any of these groups, you can also join the program if you meet economic eligibility requirements.
  • Must be a NY State resident for at least one year in order to apply for CSTEP.
  • Must be a degree-seeking student to be eligible to apply for CSTEP.
  • Must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of atleast 2.75 to be eligible to apply for CSTEP. First semester Freshman students who are not taking any remedial courses are considered to be in good academic standing.
  • Must be a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math major
  • Must be a full-time student (registered for at least 12 credits) to be eligible to apply for CSTEP.

Program Benefits

  • Individual research project: You will work on a research project with a faculty mentor giving you the opportunity to explore a specific subject in much more detail than what would be possible in a course.
  • Stipend: Students who participate as a research member will receive a stipend at the end of each semester in which they participate in mentor guided research.
  • Connections to other colleges: CSTEP has sister programs in 51 other colleges and universities in the state of New York, including transfer agreements with the CSTEP programs of several schools.
  • Student Conference: BMCC CSTEP students present their projects at the end of every semester and during the BMCC Annual Poster Presentation in March. Winners are selected to represent BMCC at the annual CSTEP Student Conference held in upstate New York.

CSTEP Research Projects

At BMCC, CSTEP involves doing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, weekly workshops and seminars, and participation in the BMCC Annual Research Symposium, held annually in May. Learn more about the CSTEP student research presentations.


Go over the steps to join CSTEP.