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Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

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The Iona College Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. This program offers a rigorous academic enrichment program designed to prepare students in grades 7-12 for careers in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions. Our program here at Iona College consists of summer and academic year components. Admission to this STEP program is competitive and requires students to participate in an application process and must fit the criteria to be eligible for this program.

STEP Virtual Summer Program Application

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What STEP Offers

  • Enrichment classes in science and math that will give students an advantage during the upcoming school year
  • Follow-up sessions during the regular school year with tutorials and study groups sessions
  • College, Financial Aid, Career and Personal Counseling
  • PSAT & SAT exam prep
  • Test-taking skills workshops
  • Workshops to introduce students to specialized fields in the health professions, computer, science, engineering, law and others
  • Leadership conferences
  • Cultural Activities
  • Research opportunities

Student Eligibility

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STEP is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) in grades 7-12 who belong to groups historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions, or who are economically disadvantaged.

For the purpose of STEP, a student is considered a New York State resident if he or she has lived in New York State for the last two terms of school prior to entry into STEP, or resided in New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which he or she is seeking participation in the program.

For the purpose of STEP, students historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native American Indians, or Alaskan Natives.

Economic eligibility guidelines are determined by the state of New York. Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or American Indian) must meet these income guidelines.

In addition to those requirements, students must show strong interest in science and math, and have a grade point average of B or above in science and math.

Guideline for Conduct

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Examples of inappropriate behavior include: disrupting the classroom or using profane language. If you violate these rules, your parents will be notified and you will be warned. Students who repeatedly do not follow our rules, or who engage in dangerous or inappropriate behavior will be expelled from the program.

In addition, cell phone use and listening to music are not permitted during class. If these items are used in class they will be confiscated and your parents will have to claim them.

Attendance Requirements

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Attendance and participation in class is mandatory. In addition, students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in all recreation activities.  Parents must notify our office if their student is not able to attend class.


Melissa Solis, Program Director
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
Phone: (914) 633-2474

Jermaine Bolton, Program Coordinator
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
Phone: (914) 633-2223

Silmilly Toribio, Math and Science Coordinator
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
Phone: (914) 633-2240

Iona College
715 North Ave
Spellman Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 210
New Rochelle, NY 10801