The Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program — also known as CSTEP — at Russell Sage College is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and licensed professional careers.

CSTEP offers academic workshops and seminars, academic support and enrichment, career planning workshops, assistance finding research or internship experiences in STEM content areas and numerous other opportunities critical to student success.

Benefits of CSTEP

  • summer program
  • financial support for undergraduate research
  • financial support for standardized exams or licensing exams
  • travel funding to present undergraduate research
  • workshops
  • field trips

Program Eligibility

New York State Education Department CSTEP and STEP Income Eligibility Criteria
Household
Dependents
2018-19
Eligible Income
2019-20
Eligible Income
2021-2022
Eligible Income
2022-2023
Eligible Income
2023-2024*
Eligible Income
1$22,311$22,459$23,606$23,828$25,142
2$30,044$30,451$31,894$32,227$33,874
3$37,777$38,443$40,182$40,626$42,606
4$45,510$46,435$48,470$49,025$51,338
5$53,243$54,427$56,758$57,424$60,070
6$60,976$62,419$65,046$65,823$68,802
7$68,709$70,411$73,334$74,222$77,534
8$76,442$78,403$81,622$82,621$86,266


* For 2023-24, add $8,732 for each family member in excess of eight.

Admission to the CSTEP Program is open to Russell Sage College students at all levels — first year through senior year students, transfer students and graduate students as well as post baccalaureate pre-med students — who meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • New York State resident for at least 12 months
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native
    OR meet the economic eligibility requirements established by New York State
  • full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • intent to pursue a major and career in a STEM discipline or licensed profession
  • minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the major

Spotlights

Meet CSTEP students and alumni who say the professional preparation and supportive community they found at Sage helped to set them up for success.

Mena Abdelmeged

“I like Sage for the small community. I’m involved in campus and I’ve built a lot of connections.”

Cherifa Chekaraou

“I’ve learned there are many different aspects of nursing you can do … Nurses are doing research and I didn’t know that. Now, I’d like to go the research route.”

Sarah-Gabrielle Casimir

“Working with Dr. Obuya has taught me a lot, from discipline to organization and learning about research.”

Ana Lilia Hernandez-Merino

“[CSTEP has] given me the support I need to work on the summer project which is a really important part of my student life at Sage.”

Eden Kuri

“There are a lot of different avenues where I can receive support, but also find opportunities.”

Danielle Williams

I appreciate how CSTEP brings together the underrepresented students. I really like the community that we have in this cohort.”

News

August 01, 2022

Students’ Summer Research Addresses Women’s Health, Autism, Refugee Access to Higher Education and More

Eight Russell Sage College students pursued research related to their Biology, Psychology and Nursing degrees during Sage’s 2022 CSTEP summer research program.  CSTEP — an acronym for Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program — is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education.  It provides mentoring and academic support; paid internship […]
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March 16, 2022

Sage Students to Present Research at Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference

Two Russell Sage College students will present their original research at the 2022 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference.   The conference will be held April 7-10 in Philadelphia.  “We’re very excited to have two students doing research and presenting to their peers, and also to be able to return to an in-person conference to celebrate their […]
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February 11, 2022

CSTEP and Nursing Department Host High School Students for Day of Service — and Health Sciences

Russell Sage College’s Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program — known as CSTEP — annually holds a Day of Service to introduce high school students to science and health sciences-related college majors and career pathways. This year, CSTEP collaborated with the Nursing department to host 25 ninth through 12th graders from Albany Leadership Charter High […]
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