Science and Technology Entry Program

The Iona University Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) serves students in grades 7-12 for careers in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions.

STEP operates with three umbrella programs:

  • Math and Science Academy
  • Engineering and Technology Express Program
  • College Access, Career and Leadership Development Program

The STEP Math and Science Academy offers two scheduling options for students, one program during the academic year and one during the summer.
The academy offers:

  • Enrichment classes in math and science
  • Tutorial assistance and study groups
  • Career, college, financial aid, and personal counseling
  • Leadership conferences, workshops and research opportunities

The Engineering and Technology Express Program is a newly implemented, multi-session course, in which students in middle school learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI), how AI works, and build a custom project to train their own AI. The curriculum is designed by AIClub scientists and follows the 4C’s approach, where students learn core AI Concepts, learn how real-world AIs work and develop Context, develop hands-on Capability by building many AIs, and apply their Creativity to develop an innovative project. The curriculum covers introduction to AI; introduction to Classification; AI Lifecycle; Regression; Python for AI coding elements; AI Ethics; hands-on exercises; and real-world explorations.

Operating on the campuses of partner schools.

The College Access, Career and Leadership Development Program is a newly implemented college readiness program that prepares upper level students in high school for the transition from high school to college. The curriculum is designed by THRIVE Organization and covers the following topics: selection of academic major, career (including STEM), college; college entrance exams; career preparation, soft skills; leadership and mentorship; financial aid and scholarships; college application essay; resume for college and employment; and interviews for college and employment. The curriculum also includes workshops on health and wellness, professionalism and building rapport with peers, teachers, employers, and community.

Operating on the campuses of partner schools.

STEP guidelines require that students be:

  • New York State residents – must have lived in New York State for the last two terms of school prior to entry into STEP, or for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term of participation in the program.
  • Historically underrepresented – Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American Indian.
  • Economically disadvantaged – Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American Indian) must meet New York State income guidelines.

In addition, students applying to the Math and Science Academy, and the Engineering and Technology Express Program, should show strong interest in math and science, and have a grade point average of B or above in math and/or science.

Admission to the STEP program is competitive and requires students to complete an online application.

Guidance counselors, please complete this recommendation form.

For more information, please email Melissa Solis, program director, at msolis@iona.edu.

Every student is expected to be courteous and respectful of the rights and property of all participants, staff members and the University. Cell phone use and listening to music are prohibited in class. Failure to follow guidelines can result in expulsion from the program.

Attendance and participation in class are mandatory.

Contact Us

STEP Program


Spellman Hall, Room 4-210, Second Floor

Melissa Solis, Program Director
Phone: (914) 633-2474
Email: msolis@iona.edu

Jermaine Bolton, Program Coordinator
Phone: (914) 633-2223
Email: jbolton@iona.edu

Silmilly Toribio-Alvarez, Math and Science Coordinator
Phone: (914) 633-2240
Email: storibio@iona.edu