Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 



The Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Click here to access the STEP application and brochure

STEP at Fordham University is an exciting and rigorous academic enrichment program designed to help prepare junior high and high school students for licensed professions and scientific, technical and health-related careers.  STEP also seeks to increase the representation of historically underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged people in these fields.

STEP offers an array of programs and services after school and on Saturday mornings during the academic year, and during a four-week, full-time summer program in July.  STEP takes place at select school sites sites and at Fordham's Rose Hill campus.  STEP students enjoy access to many facilities at Fordham.  Classes are taught by Fordham faculty and graduate students, and by teachers from area high schools.  STEP students benefit from a camaraderie with some of the area's brightest students.

Programs and Support Services

Enrichment Classes and Laboratories:  Advanced work in mathematics, science, english, and computer science.
Special lectures and workshops:  Introductions to specialized fields in the health professions, computer science, engineering, law, and others.
Tutorials and Study Groups:  Students may receive individual and group tutorials in all subjects.
Research:  Opportunities to conduct scientific research and present findings to a panel of experts.
Internships (for High School students only) :  Opportunities to gain hands-on experience in certain career areas.
Career Activities:  Guest speakers, filed trips, career testing, and conferences.
SSAT, SAT, and Specialized-Exam Preparation
Academic, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling
College and High School Selection Counseling
Cultural and Recreational Activities:  Classroom academics are augmented by field trips, including visits to colleges and universities, museums, research facilities, theaters, and other cultural institutions.



Eligibility

Students in grades seven through 12 must meet one of two eligibility criteria.  Students who belong to minority groups underrepresented in scientific, technical, and health professions are eligible to apply for entry to the program.  The state of New York has designated African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives as members of such groups.

Economically disadvantaged students are also eligible to apply for entry to the program.  The state of New York has established income requirements for students who seek admission to STEP on the basis of economic factors.  The following table lists gross family income limits for applicants who are not members of underrepresented minority groups.



New York State Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria
2008-09 through 2010-11


Number of Dependents
 
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
$15,140
$20,390
$25,650
$30,900
$36,150
$41,410
$46,660¹
$15,590
$21,000
$26,420
$31,830
$37,240
$42,650
$48,060²
$16,060
$21,630
$27,210
$32,790
$38,360
$43,960
$49,500³

This add-on allowance cannot be combined with the add-on amount shown below
Add $5,250 for two workers or for one worker as sole support of a one-parent family* Add $5,410 for two workers or for one worker as sole support of a one-parent family* Add $5,570 for two workers or for one worker as sole support of a one-parent family*
This add-on allowance cannot be combined with the add-on amount shown above
Add $2,630 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time.
Add $2,710 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time. Add $2,790 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time.

¹ Add $5,250 for each family member in excess of 7.
² Add $5,410 for each family member in excess of 7.
³ Add $5,570 for each family member in excess of 7.
 
* The amount shown for this add-on allowance includes a circumstance where one parent is working one or more jobs. 

Admission to STEP is selective and based primarily on a student's academic record.  Interested students must complete and submit a program application by the deadline.  Report cards, personal statements, and income verification documents ( for students claiming eligibility on the basis of economic factors) are important components of the application.  Incomplete applications cannot be considered.



For more information, feel free to contact us!
Click here to browse article detailing the National Science Foundation Award that Statewide STEP Programs received.

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