The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a program of the Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education at Albany Medical College. It enrolls highly motivated 7-12th graders historically underrepresented in the sciences or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. STEP provides academic enrichment, mentoring, and opportunities for service learning. At Albany Medical College, we have the unique opportunity to add health care based expertise to our STEP activities since we train future physicians, scientists, physician assistants and nurse anesthetists. As a result of our particular emphasis on the health professions at Albany Medical College STEP, we hold a unique attraction for students who want to excel in these professions. We also are very intentional about programming for parents of STEP, informing them about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and equipping them for advocacy in their children's academic environment.
AMC STEP Application (PDF)
A 2013 report sent to President Obama by his Council of Advisors for Science and Technology called for stepped up efforts to produce 1 million more STEM professionals over the next decade. Several economic analyses suggest that the United States is in danger of losing its historic preeminence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as well as the social, economic, and national security benefits that come with such preeminence. The report - ENGAGE TO EXCEL: PRODUCING ONE MILLION ADDITIONAL COLLEGE GRADUATES WITH DEGREES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS calls for all universities and schools to play a role.
Albany Medical College STEP is addressing the three linchpins of the report's plan as part of its mission:
- Improve the first two years of STEM education in college – We provide active learning activities in math and science for middle and high school students, and tutoring for those who need it.
- Provide all students with the tools to excel – We have a program of smart college advising and strategies for self-care to handle college rigor.
- Diversify pathways to STEM degrees – We expose students to people, ideas and opportunities in STEM that are both traditional and non-traditional.