What is the Fordham Science and Technology Program (STEP)?
The Fordham Science and Technology Entry Program is intended for junior high (grades 7-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to help underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged explore and prepare for college and career options in STEM fields, the health field, the law field, social work, and more. Participants of the program will have the opportunity to explore their interests by taking classes at Fordham University. Classes are taught by members of the Fordham faculty, Fordham graduate students, and teachers from neighboring high schools.
The program is usually held at Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus, Fordham’s Lincoln Center, and some activities can be held at schools or partnering sites. However as of 2021, the Fall session of the Fordham STEP program will only be offered remotely. Students will be required to meet over Zoom every Saturday from October 23, 2021 to December 18, 2021.
Participants of the program will be given research opportunities and then report their findings to a panel of experts. High school students will be given internship opportunities in STEM fields and other career interests. The STEP program also provides their students with SAT preparation and counseling for college and high school applications.
Participants of the program will also receive access to specific academic and recreational facilities only found on Fordham’s campuses. If students found the program beneficial and enjoyable, they have the opportunity to transition into the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), which is also offered at Fordham and other New York State colleges.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for the Fordham STEP program, students must fulfill one of two requirements:
- Must be a part of a minority group that is considered to be underrepresented in technical, scientific, health-related and licensed profession.
- According to Fordham University and the state of New York, this group is classified as Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinxs, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives.
- Must have a household income that meets the income eligibility set by the state of New York
How to Apply:
For new applicants to the program, students must fill out an electronic application for either Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus or Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus. The application will ask students for basic identifying information; such as their name, parent’s name, address, and etc. Students will also be required to provide their household income and tax documents as proof of income. Students will also be required to provide the classes they’ll be taking as of Fall 2021, their most recent transcript or report card in PDF form, a recommendation letter from either a math or science teacher, their career interests, and a resume. Finally, students will provide answers to two short response questions: “What is the biggest problem that you see in your community/neighborhood? How would you solve it?” and “What do you hope to gain from being a part of the Fordham STEP program. Applicants will also be required to submit a $120 registration fee. However, there are scholarships available and financial aid for those who cannot afford to pay the registration fee.
For previous participants of the Fordham STEP program, simply contact the STEP staff and express your interest in returning. The STEP staff should then provide you with an Intent of Return Form which you will be required to fill out and submit.