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Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Student points to the computer screen showing the project he is working on.The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Iona College, is an academic enrichment program, designed to provide academic support during the undergraduate years to underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), health-related fields and the licensed professions.

CSTEP coordinator talks with a student and helps her plan a course of action.

*** Applicants must be New York State residents.
*** Applicants must be full-time matriculated Iona students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students career choice must be in one of the following:

CSTEP students gather outside of a building.

  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Laboratory Science
  • Law/Attorney
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • STEM Research
  • Veterinary Medicine

Services and Resources

Student stands next to her CSTEP project display during a science fair.
  • Tutorial assistance
  • CSTEP focused Workshops
  • Career preparedness events
  • Scholarships for enrollment in Kaplan preparatory classes for DAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, OAT and PCAT
  • Financial assistance with graduate and professional school admission applications
  • Academic advisement
  • Participation in the College’s Annual Undergraduate Research Scholars Day
  • Careers in Science at Iona (CSI) Program
  • Career, Research and Professional Development Conferences
  • Annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference
  • Paid internship and research opportunities

Student Testimonials

Jasmine Solano ‘19

Senior/Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The three years I have spent as a member of the CSTEP program at Iona College have been nothing short of amazing. From resume building workshops to career mentoring conferences, CSTEP has provided the necessary resources to help me develop professionally. In addition to these resources, it was through CSTEP that I was able to procure an internship at NYU Langone Hospital. The many career mentoring conferences I attended have helped me stay inspired and create a network of professionals of color in my field of interest. I can say with confidence that I am excited to start my career and that CSTEP has played a crucial role in my journey.

Kevin Londono ‘19


My career goal is to become a pharmacist so that I can help patients improve their health by understanding their medication regimens and ensuring they are receiving the correct treatment. CSTEP has been key to helping me achieve this objective as the CSTEP staff is always available to talk. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to meet like minded people and attend various events. For example, visiting the School of Pharmacy at Temple University was very informative and in turn helped me become accepted to the Pharmacy Summer Institute at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. While attending this program I learned about the many career pathways available in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical fields. CSTEP is a wonderful program and helped me shape both my academic and career goals.

Mariama Njie ‘20

Junior/Five-Year Dual Degree (BS Chemistry and MS Computer Science)

As an aspiring MD/PhD candidate, CSTEP has played a major role in providing support towards my educational endeavors through mentorship, guidance, and advisement. The stipends I have received through CSTEP have not only allowed me to conduct research but have also provided the platform necessary to present my work. CSTEP has helped me specify my career goals and outline a plan of action for achieving them. By attending conferences and trips organized by CSTEP I have had the opportunity to speak with highly specialized professionals in my field of interest about what it takes to be successful and the challenges I can expect to encounter along the way. By taking advantage of the summer research opportunities CSTEP provided I am happy to share that I have been accepted to the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at Clarkson University. As this is a very prestigious summer program I feel quite proud of this accomplishment and am looking forward to the opportunity to conduct research in a brand new environment. In addition to the overall support, CSTEP has helped bolster my research experience, hone my personal skills through specialized group workshops, and, most importantly of all, prepare me for the future. I highly recommend this program and I believe that with CSTEP, the future is brighter!

Interested students should contact the CSTEP office for the 2018-2019 CSTEP application:

Melissa Solis, Program Director

Abigail Cleare, Program Coordinator

Telephone: (914) 633-2474 
Office: Spellman Hall, Room: 4-208, 2nd Floor