The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) was established in 1985 by the NYS Legislature to prepare historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for entry into post-secondary degree programs in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions. Since 1994, Union College has been awarded the STEP grant by the NYS Department of Education (NYSED) to establish collaborative relationships with local schools. By participating in Union College STEP, local students partner with Union College faculty and students to receive high-quality STEM instruction.
All STEP services and resources are offered at no cost to participants. For more information please email STEP@union.edu.
To enroll in STEP, students must:
- Be a New York State resident
- Be enrolled in Grades 7-12
- Be a member of a historically underrepresented group (as defined by NYSED): African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic or Native American/Alaskan Native OR if you are not a member of one of these groups, you may qualify based on economic need: please see the NSYED Income Eligibility Criteria
- Show a demonstrated interest in math and/or science (as indicated in the application essay)
- Have an average grade of C+ (77) or greater in math and science courses, and be passing all subjects (as indicated on a current report card)
Apply to Summer STEP
Enrollment for Summer STEP 2020 is now closed.
Summer STEP offers students an intensive three-week learning opportunity through classroom instruction, educational field trips and mentoring by Union College students. Students attend workshops presented by Union College faculty and local professionals on a variety of STEM topics.
Students also work in small teams, with the guidance of a STEP Mentor, to design and conduct a research project. At the conclusion of the program, parents are invited to attend a final research presentation. Students may be selected to present their research at the STEP Statewide Conference held in Albany, New York each spring.
Apply to Academic Year STEP
Applications for Academic Year STEP are accepted on a rolling basis. Students admitted into Summer STEP 2020 are automatically enrolled in the Academic Year Program and do not need to re-apply.
Union College faculty and local professionals offer a variety of STEM workshops and field trips to students during the academic year. Typically, three to five events are scheduled each college trimester. During the week, students can receive individual tutoring sessions or attend weekly SAT and ACT prep classes.
PLEASE NOTE: All STEP services are currently being offered remotely due to COVID-19.
Fall 2020 STEP: September 14 - November 27
*All workshops are currently being offered remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19.
Saturday, October 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Uncovering the Past: How Archaeologists Use Technology with Angela Commito, Union Classics Professor
Archaeologists are using new technologies such as aerial photogrammetry with drones, laser scanning, and remote sensing with magnetometry, electricity, and radar to "unearth" everything from ancient houses to entire cities. In this workshop, join a team of archaeologists as they investigate an ancient Greek city on the Aegean Sea and try to figure out what it looked like and why it was abandoned.
Saturday, October 24, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Energy Meets History: Rehabbing an Historic Farmhouse into a Net-Zero Energy Green Home with Joanne Coons, HVCC Adjunct Professor
The Peters-Lockrow farmhouse in Clifton Park was built in the 1830s and had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water in the basement and a menagerie of animals living inside. Joanne Coons will discuss rehabbing this farmhouse using energy conserving and green building practices, while maintaining its historical integrity.
Saturday, November 7, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Citizen Science: Understanding Community-Driven Research with Brenna Galligan, Science Educator
Highly trained professionals are not the only ones who can participate in research and data analysis, you can too! Learn the trade of becoming a citizen scientist in your community as we discuss the many ways you can turn your keen observation skills into data for professional scientists.
Saturday, November 21, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
**After each SATURDAY workshop, stay on Zoom to have lunch and play games with STEP Mentors and staff – winners will receive a prize of their choice!
STEP students in grades 7-12 can register for an event by emailing STEP@union.edu.
Request a Tutor
Fall 2020 Tutoring: September 22 - November 17
*Tutoring is currently being offered remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19.
Get one to one support in any subject(s) you need. We will do our best to match you with a good-fit tutor to help you with homework completion, test preparation and study skills development.
Please note that tutors are not guaranteed. Tutors are assigned based on the availability of college student mentors and volunteers.
STEP students in grades 7-12 can request a tutor here: Tutoring Request Form
SAT and ACT Classes
Fall 2020 SAT Classes: Tuesdays 7 - 8 PM, September 29 - November 17
Fall 2020 ACT Classes: Thursdays 7 - 8 PM, October 1 - November 12
*Classes are currently being offered remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19.
Review and prepare for the SAT and ACT exams in a small-group setting with a college student mentor.
STEP sophomores and juniors can register here: SAT/ACT Class Sign-up Form