• Georgia Chief Science Officers

Welcome to the Georgia Chief Science Officers initiative, developing a cadre of diverse STEM student leaders in middle and high schools across the state. The program launches in 2018 for 22 students from three metro Atlanta school districts, with plans to expand to 100 students across the state in three years. Georgia Chief Science Officers is a Science ATL program, engineered by Atlanta Science Festival.

2018-2019 Participating Schools

  • Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Atlanta)
  • Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta)
  • Hollis Innovation Academy (Atlanta)
  • King Middle School (Atlanta)
  • Tucker Middle School (DeKalb)
  • Tucker High School (DeKalb)
  • Chamblee High School (DeKalb)
  • Banneker High School (Fulton)
  • Sandy Springs Charter Middle School (Fulton)
  • Johns Creek High School (Fulton)
  • Webb Bridge Middle School (Fulton)

Interested in joining the CSO initiative?

Our program is full for the 2018-19 school year. Recruitment for the 2019-20 school year will begin in spring 2019. Only students at participating schools are eligible to participate, so encourage your school administrators to contact us to see if the program is right for your school. In spring 2019, interested schools will sign a Letter of Intent to participate and hold school elections before the end of the 2018-19 school year. The newly elected CSOs will then attend the Summer Institute in July 2019 to begin their year of service.

Now Recruiting Leadership Coaches!

We are looking for STEM professionals from industry and academia to serve as coaches/mentors to middle and high school students in the Chief Science Officers program. There are a variety of levels of engagement to fit coaches’ schedules from a one-time 2-hour commitment to 1-3 hours a month. See our recruitment flyer for more details and please share with your colleagues. If you are ready to help empower young leaders to make a difference at their schools and in their communities, please contact us.

About Georgia Chief Science Officers

Georgia Chief Science Officers (CSO) is a STEM leadership development program for middle and high school students across the state, enhancing students’ leadership, communication, and advocacy skills. Students are elected to become their school’s CSOs and are empowered to lead STEM/STEAM initiatives at their schools and in their communities. CSOs meet with legislators, school board members, and policymakers to lend their voices to conversations about STEM education and workforce development in our state. CSOs build relationships with STEM industry mentors and connect with companies and careers in their region.

The program is part of the International CSO consortium, launched in 2015 in Arizona. Georgia CSOs are joining more than 700 other CSOs in Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Mexico, and Kuwait, with new networks starting up in Florida, Delaware, and New York.

In its inaugural year, the 2018-2019 Georgia CSO program will engage 22 students from three school districts: Atlanta, DeKalb, and Fulton. Georgia Chief Science Officers is a Science ATL program, engineered by Atlanta Science Festival, and sponsored by NCR Foundation, UPS, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Delta Community, and Delta Air Lines. We are proud to partner with leaders at TAG-Ed, Georgia State University, Emory University, SEM Link, redefinED, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, SMASH Morehouse, and Metro Atlanta Chamber to ensure the program’s success.

For more information contact [email protected]

Program Sponsors

These organizations support the entire Georgia Chief Science Officer initiative.






School Sponsors

School sponsors support participation of CSOs from individual schools.

Jacobs supports CSOs from Tucker Middle and Tucker High

Perimeter Church supports CSO from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Fulton County Schools supports CSOs from Banneker High, Johns Creek High, Sandy Springs Middle, and Webb Bridge Middle

Steering Committee

Special thanks to these fine folks for helping to lead the program.

  • Ryan Behrens, Delta Community Credit Union
  • Tim Cairl, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Bevin Carpenter, Emory University
  • Barbara Coble, PhD, Emory University
  • Robert Gaines, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • Brian Garrett, SMASH Morehouse
  • Natalie King, PhD, Georgia State University
  • Caitlin Kokenes, redefinED Atlanta
  • Mike Lalle, UPS
  • Leigh McCook, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Errika Moore, Technology Association of Georgia – Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed)
  • Sean Mulvanity, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Andrea Neal, Emory University
  • Sarah Peterson, PhD, Atlanta Science Festival
  • Reina Short, Delta Community Credit Union
  • Tokiwa Smith, SEM Link
  • Jordan Rose, Atlanta Science Festival