Being the first in my family to attend college continues to be difficult, adapting to a different environment has been challenging. However, being a part of CSTEP has given me the support needed to help me succeed in college. CSTEP has given me a limitless number of opportunities to communicate with high school students about programs like CSTEP and all the amazing things they have to offer. CSTEP has provided financial funding and guidance that has allowed me to successfully finish off my second year and for that I cannot be more thankful.
In partnership with Kaplan TestPrep, RIT CSTEP students are eligible for a scholarship covering ¾ of the cost towards a Kaplan Course (kaptest.com). These Kaplan courses are designed to improve your performance on a standardized entrance exam to graduate or professional school. Apply Online
All CSTEP students are eligible for funding to assist in the purchase of textbooks. Each semester current CSTEP students will be invited to request funding for the purchase of a new or used textbook through the Barnes&Noble at RIT. All CSTEP funded books must be returned to the CSTEP office for inclusion in the CSTEP textbook library.
Textbooks in our Library
CSTEP coordinates an extensive library of used textbooks for student use. This library is searchable on this website and requests for use will be taken at the same time as the Textbook Fund. Read More
Research Funds Request
RIT CSTEP students are eligible to participate in two semesters of PAID academic year research. Funding is provided based on application and available funds. Click here to apply for research funds request.
TestimonialsMaria TovarBusiness Management
I have always wanted to do research, it was the CSTEP program that made my dream come true. Along with my academic career, I could get research experience and communicate with professors and scientists solving real world problems. This not only gave me exposure in the scientific community but it also enhanced my confidence.
TestimonialsBrendan JohnComputational Mathematics
CSTEP made me a part of a greater community on campus, one that could support me academically and socially. The program design also allows students who don't have a lot of free time to still feel included despite not all of the events.
"I always wanted to do research and learn new things. Being a McNAIR and LSAMP student I was able to accomplish my goals. This program helped me to grow and succeed not only in research but in my classes as well. It allowed me to gain hands on experience for working in Lab. Faculty and staff in program are very helpful and caring.”
TestimonialsBria CherebinChemical Engineering
Being in CSTEP has meant having access to tutors I did not have to pay out of pocket for. Being in CSTEP has meant having a comfortable place to talk about graduate school. Being part of CSTEP has provided a sense of community for me within RIT. I have been able to meet other students in a more intimate setting. I feel fortunate to have been able to be a part of the program.