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University at Albany STEP

  • Meagan Lasky
  • STEP Coordinator
  • (518) 442-9083

Program Description

STEP is part of a statewide body that is funded by the State Education Department. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and /or economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degree programs that lead to professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions.

The program also challenges parents and educators to become involved in the process to support the development of our "community of learners". Students are expected to participate in and attend the annual statewide conference.


  • To stimulate, challenge and encourage students to achieve in a technological setting
  • Introduce students to a variety of careers in the fields of Math, Science and Technology
  • To meet people in the industry and in education and to encourage students to pursue careers in Math, Science and Technology
  • To provide a non-threatening environment for students
  • Programs and Services

    STEP achieves its goal by offering various programs to individuals who are economically disadvantaged "(income guidelines)", or African American, Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American, Pacific Islanders 7th - 12th grade students from schools in the Capital District, in particular the Albany City School District UAlbany STEP students benefit from programs that consist of summer and academic year components. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these offerings:

  • 1-Credit College Transition Course (UNI 103)
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Afterschool Programming
  • Annual STEP Conference Competition
  • Career awareness/character development activities
  • College & Career Visits
  • Day of Service
  • FIRST Robotics Competitive Team
  • High School & Middle School tutoring
  • High School and College admissions counseling
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Regents exam preparation
  • Research training in the STEM & licensed professions
  • Saturday Programming
  • Standardized test preparation (SAT)
  • UAlbany STEP Summer Institute
  • Services Provided

    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 251
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0


    • Less than 25%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Hudson Valley Community College
    • Schenectady County Community College
    • SUNY at Albany
    • The Sage Colleges