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Welcome to the Georgia Chief Science Officers Program!

The Georgia Chief Science Officers (CSO) initiative will cultivate a cadre of diverse student leaders in middle and high schools across the state, enhancing their leadership, communication, and advocacy skills to meet the growing demand for these skills in STEM careers. The CSO program empowers students with a voice in STEM programming 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.

In 2019-2020, the Georgia CSO Program has grown from 24 students to 43 from Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County School District, and Fulton County Schools, with plans to expand to 100 students statewide within 3 years. Georgia’s program is led by Atlanta Science Festival with sponsorship from UPS and Georgia Tech Research Institute. For more information, contact Eric Knapp –!

Regional Leadership

Steering Committee

  • Kornelius Bankston, Metro Atlanta Chamber

  • Casey Bethel, Georgia Tech CEISMC

  • Tim Cairl, Metro Atlanta Chamber

  • Bevin Carpenter, Emory University

  • Barbara Coble, PhD, Emory University

  • Natalie King, PhD, Georgia State University

  • Mike Lalle, UPS

  • Leigh McCook, PhD, Georgia Tech Research Institute

  • Errika Moore, Technology Association of Georgia – Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed)

  • Andrea Neal, Emory University

  • Sarah Peterson, PhD, Atlanta Science Festival

  • Jordan Rose, Atlanta Science Festival

Regional Sponors

Regional Resources

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