Alumni

CSTEP plays a key role in helping to develop students’ confidence and skills necessary to navigate through their college years and into their profession. When they leave UB as CSTEP alumni, they go on to make major contributions in their fields and in their communities.

If CSTEP made an impact on you, we encourage you to volunteer or donate to our programs. Please contact Shanna Crump-Owens, CSTEP Director at sicrump@buffalo.edu.

Here is what our alumni are saying about us:

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Dr. Joel Urena

“CSTEP not only gave me the opportunity to explore various scientific disciplines by attending conferences and gaining hands-on research experience in the laboratory, but it also reinforced my decision to become a physician.”

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Mary Akuamoah-Boateng

 “CSTEP exposed me to many environments, which helped me refine my goals. The staff was my new family. They provided me with opportunities that helped shaped my life professionally, educationally and socially. I am grateful for such endless support.”

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Christine King

 “CSTEP is an influential program that allows minority students to grow and be exposed to so many opportunities with a variety of majors. CSTEP is willing to help you continue your education and is willing to help you grow in your future professional aspiration.”

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Jasmine Worthy

 “CSTEP helped me realize that success is a journey and not a destination. CSTEP catalyzed a passion and pride for my major by exposing me to professional conferences and smoothing out potholes on the path to becoming an engineer.”

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Morris Green

 “The CSTEP Program was a home away from home, providing the guidance, enrichment and resources to succeed and excel at the University at Buffalo. I was helped tremendously by the program and will always have fond memories.”

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Tangier Harper, JD

 “I truly appreciate the supportive environment, sound advice and resources provided by CSTEP. I very much attribute where I am today to assistance I received from the program and staff.”

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Dr. Folarin Erogbogbo

 “CSTEP is my family that understands the rigors of academic life while serving as a fountain of mental, emotional and physical support. The people, resources, and environment associated with CSTEP were a vital and positive molding force for academic advancement during my impressionable years. The CSTEP pipeline has allowed me to be a tutee then a tutor, a mentee then a mentor, a student then a teacher, an undergraduate researcher then an undergraduate research supervisor. My attainment of a BS and PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering is a direct testament to the program’s effectiveness in contributing to the development of STEM majors.”