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.

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Emilly Obuya, Ph.D., and Sarah-Gabrielle Casimir '22 in Professor Obuya's lab.

Are you interested in research?

CSTEP is currently accepting applications for the 2024 CSTEP Summer Research Program

  • May 13-July 3 (8 weeks) 
  • Earn $3,000 and 1 college credit
  • Work with Sage faculty or community mentor
  • Present research findings at the end of the Summer Symposium

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
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* 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


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.”