Welcome to the U.OSU page for the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)! Here you will find reflections posted by former STEP participants who have completed a Signature Project. Please utilize the site’s navigation menu to select the STEP Signature Project category and year which you are interested in browsing.

Categories include:

  • Creative and Artistic Endeavors 
  • Education Abroad 
  • Internships 
  • Leadership 
  • Service-Learning 
  • Undergraduate Research 

Not familiar with our program? 

The  Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) represents a unique opportunity for second-year students to explore their academic, personal, and professional goals under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor. Through engagement in small-group cohort meetings and other specialized programming, students develop skills in financial literacy, career exploration, and wellness. The program culminates in the pursuit of a STEP Signature Project in one of the following high-impact categories: Creative and Artistic Endeavors, Education Abroad, Internships, Leadership, Service-Learning, or Undergraduate Research, for which eligible transformational experiences may receive up to $2,000 in STEP Funding. Afterwards, students present their projects at the STEP Expo, a showcase of experiential learning. Over the lifespan of the program, STEP has propelled students’ development as individuals, scholars, and aspiring professionals. Interested in learning more? We invite you to visit our website.