The Georgia Chief Science Officers program welcomed a new class of 40 student leaders last month at its second annual Leadership Training Institute at Georgia Tech. The middle and high school students, who had been elected by their schools as Chief Science Officers (CSOs) last spring, participated in sessions to enhance their leadership, networking, and project planning skills. This training kicks off a year of professional development and coaching for the students, empowering them to create positive change in their communities that enhances awareness and access to STEM opportunities for their peers.
“Seeing all of the students at the institute so eager to make an impact in their schools and communities was truly inspiring,” said CSO Samantha, a member of our Georgia Leadership Council. “Without this program, I would not be the leader I am today and never would have had the opportunities and connections to people all around Georgia that I do now. I wholeheartedly believe this program is making a difference in STEM around the world and will continue to do so.”
To emphasize our focus on student leadership, the training sessions were led by students on the Georgia CSO Leadership Council (Samantha, Skylar, Aditya and Andy) together with visiting students from the CSO International Leadership Council. We were honored to have a panel of STEM professionals from NCR, UPS, and AT&T, as well as exhibitors from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Atlanta Science Festival.