Chief Science Officers
About the Program
The Chief Science Officers (CSO Program) began as a national program for STEM leaders in 2017. The program focuses on a student-driven model that launches middle and high school students into STEM advocacy, experience, and community response.
In their schools and communities, CSOs are STEM leaders - launching initiatives and opportunities for their peers. After attending leadership training with the Center, students are in a good position to increase their exposure to existing community STEM programs or to start new initiatives. Whether is it hosting a guest speaker, growing a robotics program, starting a coding club, or something entirely new, CSOs focus on building meaningful experiences within their community.
Outside of their school, CSOs build their leaderships skills through real-world, career-oriented experiences. Cabinet meetings allow CSOs to engage with their peers and other STEM professionals as they model business norms and work on collaborative action projects
As a Chief Science Officer
- Participate in a Leadership Training Institute and Cabinet Meetings focused on creating a global network of diverse STEM leaders.
- Define community as school, neighborhood or beyond.
- Create a STEM project that relates to this community.
- Positively impact the STEM culture in your community collaborate with peers, mentors and professionals to complete your project.
- With support, apply for grants to fund your STEM project.
As a CSO Mentor
Teacher or school staff:
- Participate in a Leadership Training Institute and Cabinet Meetings.
- Sponsor election of CSOs at your school.
- Help students pace project to stay on track with CSO calendar.
- Serve as the connection point between students and CMU.
- Coordinate participate in CSO events (permission slips, transportation, etc.).
Join us: Looking to grow STEM leadership in your school? We are partnering with middle and high schools in Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, and Gladwin Counties. Contact Ashley O'Neil to get involved.