Syracuse University




The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program is an academic enrichment program for New York State residents designed to foster a student's success in preparing for professional licensure and careers in medicine, law, business, education, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health. The mission of CSTEP is to challenge and support the holistic development of competent, well-rounded scholars for post-baccalaureate education. To find out more click here.

Student Feature


Claudia Ferguson
is a senior, Biochemistry and African American Studies major who joined CSTEP during her freshman year at Syracuse University. Studying to become a physician with an interest in politics, Claudia hopes to make strides within the healthcare system advocating for underrepresented populations. Claudia continues to be an active participant in the CSTEP program, serving as a CSTEP Ambassador, a member of the ARISE Achievement Program and currently serves as the president of the Syracuse University chapter of the American Medical Student Association. Claudia has recently completed a number of applications to prominent medical schools and looks forward to spending this year preparing for the next chapter in her life as a medical student.

Welcome to the Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement (CGPA). Our programs foster the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented populations from the collegiate level through graduate studies and professional degrees.

"Changing the Face of Scholarship"



The Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation was formed to attract and maximize the potential of students from underrepresented populations, specifically African-American, Latino American and Native American (AALANA) in Upstate New York who are enrolled in STEM fields. LSAMP aims to increase the recruitment and graduation rate of these students by offering enhanced academic experiences and opportunities. To find out more click here.



Hervens Jeannis
Hervens graduated from SU in 2009 and is our first LSAMP Scholar to be accepted into the National Science Foundation's LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program (NSF BD). He is currently a graduate student majoring in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Hervens has received a full tuition scholarship as well as a living stipend for the remainder of his graduate study at UMBC. While at SU, Hervens was active in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, LSAMP, National Society of Black Engineers, and the African American Male Congress. He received the 2009 Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement (CGPA) Reinventing Scholarship Award and the 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Syracuse Section Best Project Implementation Senior Division Award.


Mission Statement

Our programs foster the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented populations from the collegiate level through graduate studies and professional degrees.

Vision Statement

CGPA will be a nationally recognized leader in fostering student academic, professional, and life-long success.



The Ronald E. McNair Post- Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares high achieving undergraduate students for graduate/doctoral studies with hands-on research, academic services and financial support. The program is designed to provide motivation, encouragement, and support to students from all disciplines. Program staff work closely with participants through their undergraduate requirements; encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. To find out more click here.

Student Feature

McNair Scholoar of Note

Thomas Stewart
graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 (Magna cum laude) with a B.S. in Biology. While at Syracuse University, Thomas performed research under the supervision of Professor Craig Albertson on "The Evolution, Development, and Genetics of Jaw Asymmetry in Lake Tanganyika Scale-Eating Cichlids." In his first year at Syracuse, Thomas collaborated on a project with Cornell University on invasive species in Oneida Lake. In 2007, he did field research in Costa Rica where he experimented with different approaches to research design. In his undergraduate career, in addition to his participation with the McNair Scholars Program, he was also a recipient of the following distinctions: Goldwater Scholarship; Crown Scholarship; Ruth Meyer Scholarship; ELME Fellowship; College of Arts and Sciences Deans List; Syracuse University Founders' Circle Award; Syracuse University Chancellor's Scholar; New York State Award for Academic Excellence; and the SUNY-ESF Award for Excellence in Environmental Science. His paper, titled "Evolution of a unique predatory feeding apparatus: Functional anatomy, development, and a genetic locus for jaw laterality in Lake Tanganyika scale-eating cichlids" was recently accepted to the journal BMC Biology. Thomas is currently a fully-funded doctoral student at the University of Chicago's Evolutionary Biology Program, continuing with a research and teaching assistantship and is expected to graduate in 2015.