Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
CSTEP provides services to both undergraduate and graduate minority and/ or economically disadvantaged students interested in careers in science, math, technology, health professions and other licensed professional fields.
Exposing CSTEP students to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines helps to reshape the culture of these professions as students reach their desired career goals.
Why Should I Join CSTEP?
As a CSTEP student, you automatically have a team of supporters who will assist fostering your passion in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity and resource available.
In addition to your college Academic Advisor, CSTEP students get supplemental advisement on what courses they should be taking to prepare for graduate/medical/law school, the necessity for internships and research experience, financial assistance in preparing to take the GRE/LSAT/MCAT/GMAT and more.
CSTEP provides academic enrichment, research experience, supportive skill-building workshops and programs and assistance in preparing for standardized exams and identifying and securing various internships and scholarship opportunities.
CSTEP is designed to afford students the opportunity to meet and build relationships with licensed professionals in CSTEP fields. These professionals can serve as mentors, write recommendation letters and provide internship opportunities. In CSTEP, not only is it what you know - it's also whom you know.
Students become a part of a state-wide network of students, faculty, staff, professionals and government officials who are committed to ensuring that program participants have support they need to meet their goals and realize their dreams.
CSTEP also sponsors trips to various graduate and medical school open houses, to college and graduate school fairs, to on (and off campus) events and to state and national professional conferences.
CSTEP Qualifying Majors and Professions
- Students must be pursuing one of these following majors:
- Business Administration
- Clinical Laboratory
- Communication Disorders
- Computer Information
- Criminal Justice
- Education - Math
- General Business Administration
- Health Science
- Health Science - Physician Assistant
- Health Science - Occupational Therapy
- Health Science - Physical Therapy
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Mental Health Counseling
- Occupational Therapy
- Psychology Education
- Social Work
- Veterinary Medicine
Students must be interested in pursuing one of the following professions:
Certified Shorthand Reporting
Certified Dental Assistants
Physicians, 3-year limited license
Mental Health Practitioners
Creative Arts Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Mental Health Counseling
Registered Professional Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Physical Therapist Assistants
Certified Public Accountants
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
To be eligible for CSTEP you must be:
Pursuing a licensed profession, health-related profession, a career in Science, Technological, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or CSTEP targeted professions
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
New York State residency
African-American, Latino/Hispanic American, Alaskan Native, Native American or economically disadvantaged ad defined by New York State income guidelines
Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
Note: No more than 20 percent of students enrolled in the HEOP are eligible to participate in CSTEP.
CSTEP is always accepting applications. Applications are reviewed to determine eligibility. Eligible students are required to have a personal interview in order to be accepted into the program. Once the application is submitted and the personal interview has taken place you will receive a notice of the decision within seven business days from the date of your personal interview.
Students can apply by filling out our online application. You can reach out to us at CSTEP@mercy.edu, if you have any issues with the application.
In order to maintain membership in CSTEP we have established some guideline to help ensure that students participating in CSTEP get the maximum benefit from the program. Students must maintain the following:
Maintain good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required)
Meet with CSTEP staff twice each semester to monitor educational progress
Attend semester meeting to stay informed about beneficial CSTEP services and activities
Attend at least two CSTEP workshops, events or activities each semester
Participate in an internship or research experience
The CSTEP Program at Mercy College provides several program services to active participants. Here are some of the ways that CSTEP can help you:
Pre-Freshman/Transfer Summer Program - Intensive five-week program, structured to improve the skills and performances of students in college-level courses leading to CSTEP targeted professions
Graduate/Professional School Trip - Each summer CSTEP invites students to take part in their annual graduate/professional school tour
Academic and Career Advising - CSTEP provides students with intensive academic and career counseling services to better assist with choosing classes and setting career goals
Tuition Remission for Summer Course - Active participants in CSTEP will have the opportunity to apply for a free course in the summer
Funding Opportunities to Attend State and National Professional Conferences - Students will have the opportunity to attend conferences that will give students exposure to a variety of academic, research and career-related workshops
Educational Workshops - Students will have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities to further cultivate their interest in the STEM fields
Assist in Graduate/Professional School Application Process - CSTEP offers student one-on-one graduate/professional counseling through the application process
Internship and Research Opportunities - This provides an opportunity for students to gain career and research experience in their chosen field of study
Textbook and Laptop/Tablet Loan Program - On a first come-first served basis, students can borrow textbooks from the CSTEP Lending Library for the semester. CSTEP participants will also have access to on-site laptop/tablet loan
CSTEP Kaplan Scholarship - The CSTEP Kaplan Scholarship is available for eligible students applying to graduate/professional school. This scholarship helps CSTEP students prepare for standardized exams required for graduate school admission. Assistance will apply to the following preparatory courses offered through Kaplan including: GRE/DAT/MCAT/LSAT/PCAT/etc.
CSTEP assists students with finding experiential learning opportunities including, volunteering, internships and research programs in their chosen field of study. Additionally, CSTEP offers two research programs – Stipend Research Program and the Summer Research Program, for students of all majors who are interested in conducting research on campus.
Students in the Stipend Research Program are paired with a Mercy professor to conduct research throughout the academic year. Both the professor and the student receive stipends for their research at the end of each academic year. The CSTEP Summer Research program is a six-week program for 10 historically underrepresented undergraduate college students interested in pursuing careers in STEM-related fields. The program provides students with training in the fundamentals of research, mentorship, and career preparation.
See below for the research projects from the cohort of the 2021 Summer Research Program:
Location & Contact Information
Reach out if you have any questions.
Mercy College, College Opportunity Program
Mercy Hall, 1st Floor
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone: (914) 674-7234
Fax: (914) 674-7274
Julie A. Arias
STEP/CSTEP/HEOP Administrative Assistant