All of us at ESF were enthused when Assistant Dean, Mary Triano, and coordinator, Eileen Baldassarre, announced that, through a competitive granting process, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) will continue through to 2020. Our deepest appreciation goes to Eileen and Mary for their caring and capable leadership.
CSTEP, a national award-winning enrichment program sponsored by SUNY-ESF and the New York State Department of Education, works to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged college students who complete pre-professional or professional undergraduate and graduate programs in scientific, technical or health-related fields.
Established at ESF in 2005, CSTEP engages 50 students, first-year through graduate. Ongoing program aspects include, for example, faculty mentoring, graduate student mentoring, regular engagement with staff, skill building workshops, and community service and service learning opportunities. New this year, participating students will have the option to enroll in a one-credit class that offers opportunities within four tracks:
- Study hall (required for first-year students)
- Career/Graduate School
- Service Learning
Please join me in congratulating Mary and Eileen, and please also join all of us in encouraging and supporting our student participants. Thanks to all!