College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

What is CSTEP?

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), is a program intended to increase access by minority and economically disadvantaged students to academic programs at the college level in scientific and technical fields.

The Vaughn College CSTEP program began in fall 2020 and intends to serve 100 students, at any given time, enrolled full-time in bachelor’s degree in STEM majors. Learn more about Vaughn’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program below.

Success Stories Kastronepaul Thevasahayam Kastronepaul Thevasahayam Class of '21
CSTEP and Mechatronic Engineering Student
Systems Engineer, Raytheon Technologies

Vaughn College’s hands-on classroom experiences and resources provided by the career services office and opportunity programs helped me develop the necessary foundational and interpersonal skills I needed to land my dream job.”

Please review the sections below for information about CSTEP eligibility, applying, program benefits, frequently asked questions and more.


For general information and other inquiries, contact .


Dr. Amir Elzawawy, project director,
Kinga Szilagyi, assistant director,

Success Stories Rafacely Brito Rafacely Brito Class of '21
CSTEP and Mechanical Engineering Student
Mechanical Engineering Intern, Arup

Vaughn’s classes are small, and you get the attention you need as a student in a challenging field like engineering. The support I have received from Vaughn has given me the confidence and skills I needed to secure my internship at Arup.”