The Chief Science Officers (CSO Program) began as a national program for STEM leaders in since 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 initiative and opportunities for their peers. After attending leadership trainings with the Center, students are in a good position to increase exposure of 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 connection point between students and CMU
coordinate participate in CSO events (permission slips, transportation, etc.)
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.