Bellport High School Science and Technology Entry Program Students Attend 20th Annual Statewide STEP Conference

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Pictured left to right are Jenna Restivo (Bellport High School Guidance Counselor), Justin Arini (Director of Guidance and Counseling Programs), Myriam Ibarra, Kunj Shah, and Tim Hogan (Bellport High School Principal).
 Two Bellport High School 10th grade Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) students and their parents attended the 20th Annual Statewide STEP Student Conference held on March 23-25, 2018 at the Albany Marriott.  The STEP students presented their research at the Conference.  Myriam Ibarra and Kunj Shah took 2nd place in the Biology – Junior Division. Myriam and Kunj presented their work on blood analysis. There were approximately 59 other STEP programs from across NYS, with over 500 participants. Both students will also be honored at the Annual STEP Awards at Suffolk County Community College on April 28th. 

About the STEP Program: The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is run by and housed at Suffolk County Community College.

STEP Programs provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in science, mathematics and technology content areas. Programs consist of summer and academic year components including:
Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
Supervised training in research methods 
Internships
High School and College admissions counseling
Standardized test preparation
Career awareness/development activities

There are more than fifty STEP Programs housed at institutions of higher education and/or professional schools across New York State. Admission to a STEP program is competitive and requires students to participate in an application process.