CSTEP Events and Activities

Student intern poster winners with Director in front of UB backdrop during the summer symposium.

Poster winners at the CSTEP Summer Research Symposium 

Annual Student Recognition Event

Occurring each year in early-mid May, our Student Recognition event recognizes our graduating seniors, students of the year, CSTEP Excellence Scholarship recipients, service learning cohort, faculty, staff and community members. This event, attended by 150 guests, has traditionally featured a buffet dinner, award ceremony, student speakers and retrospective slideshow in Harriman Hall. In a remote environment, the recognition ceremony features a virtual watch party, videos of our keynote alumni speaker, student speakers and award recipients, graduating senior photos and a slideshow of moments from the past year.

Annual Research Symposium

Held each year at the end of the the Summer Research Program in July, this symposium showcases the faculty-mentored research projects of the summer interns. The symposium traditionally features a research poster competition with 25-30 faculty judges, and luncheon attended by 250 guests, including research mentors, faculty, staff, administrators, peers and family members. Those students with the top scores advance to to the CSTEP Statewide Conference to present their research findings. In a remote environment, our research interns present their research findings as oral presentations via slideshow to their research mentors, lab members and invited guests. During the luncheon, research mentors and interns are recognized with certificates and several student speakers from the summer cohort provide reflections about their experiences in the program.

Annual Statewide Conference

The CSTEP Annual Statewide Conference fosters talented students’ academic success in preparing for professional licensure, careers in STEM and the licensed professions. Each year, approximately 700 students and staff attend the conference from 55 schools and colleges across New York State. It’s an opportunity for CSTEP students to showcase their research and gain professional and academic development in the process.

This annual three-day conference exposes students to a variety of motivational, academic, research and career-related workshops, dynamic and engaging speakers, and a graduate opportunities fair. During the conference, more than 180 students compete in the conference’s signature Research Poster Competition in the following categories:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Human Services

Several of our past presenters are now pursuing graduate or professional school and the conference represents a tremendous opportunity for them to network, compete and develop their presentation skills.

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