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The following page is a two column layout with a header that contains a quicklinks jump menu and the search CSUN function. Page sections are identified with headers. The footer contains update, contact and emergency information.

Project Contacts

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External Advisory Board

Internal Advisory Board



Overview of STEPS

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STEPS (Students Targeting Engineering and Physical Science) is an NSF-funded program designed to increase the number of California State University Northridge (CSUN) students getting bachelor's degrees in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science. This program uses the abbreviation "STEM" to include all majors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and the College of Science and Mathematics(CSM). It uses the abbreviation "PS&E" (physical science and engineering) to include all STEM majors except Biology.

Limited exposure to career information is a major reason for the low numbers of students choosing and persisting in a STEM bachelor's degree programs. Students may be insufficiently motivated to struggle with challenging majors because of a lack of career information and role models. STEPS proposes to create a website that will provide local and national information on careers, summer research opportunities, internships, scholarships and grants, campus events, and faculty and student achievements.

The project is funded by NSF Grant 0969627


Goal and Components of STEPS

The goal of STEPS is to increase retention of STEM majors and, thereby, increase the number of students who attain a bachelor's degree in STEM majors. The major components of the project are:


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