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New York State Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program Mini-Course (CSTEP)

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The New York State Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program Mini-Course provides students access to Brookhaven National Laboratory to become part of a scientific research team. Many students return to Brookhaven Lab as part of the Community College Institute (CCI) or Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) programs. 

Program Overview

  • One week program over winter break 
  • Participate in classroom instruction and hands-on lab work, visits research facilities, and complete an internet assignment
  • Access to Brookhaven Lab scientific researchers and technical staff 
  • Housing in a single occupancy dorm room and  on-site transportation  

Program Benefits

The objective of CSTEP at BNL is to introduce motivated participants to modern day science through science and technology exploration. The mini-course is conducted by BNL researchers and technicians, and offers CSTEP students an introduction to the different science topics at BNL.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in the New York State CSTEP program as a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Available for the entire program from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the U.S.
  • Active health insurance for the duration of the program 

Application Requirements

  • CSTEP coordinators at student's school can provide applications
  • Completed application including one faculty recommendation.
  • An essay NO MORE THAN 400 words that identifies three areas of research being conducted at Brookhaven Lab, the scientist performing that research and why interested in these areas