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Chief Science Officers

"I hope to teach a variety of ages about the fun and educational uses of STEM, as well as share information with my school and community."

- CSO Carolina, Freeland High School

The Chief Science Officers (CSO) program, initiated in Arizona in 2015 and expanded nationally in 2017, increases the student government model to place youth squarely in the center of STEM promotion, experience and community action. On campus, CSOs serve as a voice for STEM, identifying opportunities such as speakers, field trips and science nights, as well as ensuring such opportunities reflect the interests and desires of their peers. They help increase exposure of existing STEM programs such as robotics, code clubs and science fairs. Mini-grants of up to $250 per school are available to off-set the cost of increasing STEM opportunities on campus. Off campus, CSOs advocate for school STEM opportunities at city councils, schoool boards, chambers of commerce and the STEM Ecosystem steering meetings. Each of these real-world, career-oriented experiences provide opportunities for CSOs to observe business norms, practice their skills and complement their classroom-based instruction. Together, CSOs work with one another as a cabinet to collaboratively engage in conversations about STEM education and work on collective action projects. 

Chief Science Officers program goals are to: 

  • Cultivate the pipeline of diverse STEM leaders
  • Enrich middle and high school STEM culture and career awareness
  • Increase student inner voice in STEM conversations at schools and in the community
  • Enhance the workforce and employability skills of secondary student CSOs
  • Increase the engagement of STEM professionals and community partners with STEM education
  • Build a nationally recognized cabinet of student CSOs in schools across America

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation continues to provide funding for this program.

For more information, please see this flyer (1,163KB) or contact Adrianne Cole, STEM Director at or at 989-964-4058. 


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STEM Stars: Dow High's Ava Nelson - Midland Daily News 7/12/21

STEM Stars: Dow High's Sahiba Kaur - Midland Daily News 7/19/21

STEM Stars: St. John's Lutheran's Hayden Rozewski - Midland Daily News 7/26/21

STEM Stars: Dow High's Mary McLaughlin - Midland Daily News 8/1/21

STEM Stars: Jefferson Middle School's Preston Komara - Midland Daily News 8/9/21 

STEM Stars: Jefferson Middle School's Norah Lacher - Midland Daily News 8/16/21

STEM Stars: Northeast Middle School's Cady McPeak - Midland Daily News 8/23/21

Midland students participate in Chief Science Officers leadership Training Institute - Midland Daily News 8/25/21

STEM Stars: Helping Flight Nights continue to soar - Midland Daily News 10/6/2021

STEM Stars: Dow High's Sienna Mattichak - Midland Daily News 11/2/2021

STEM Stars: Sahiba Kaur, Dow High School - Midland Daily News 12/13/2021

STEM Stars: Mary McLaughlin, Dow High School - Midland Daily News 1/25/2022

STEM Stars: Faith Persyn, Midland High School - Midland Daily News 2/22/2022

Local Chief Science Officer grateful for opportunity to visit Dow Center - Midland Daily News 4/7/2022

Chief Science Officer leads students in testing water quality at Kiwassee Lake - Midland Daily News 5/2/2022

More than 450 international STEM leaders gather in Bay City - Midland Daily News 6/22/2022

CSO blog: Future of STEM fueled by passion and the will to make a change - Midland Daily News 9/24/2022

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Adrianne Cole

Gilbertson Hall – North Wing 142

(989) 964-4058

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