Office of Education

Media Advisory: Governor Ducey Holds 1st Annual Chief Science Officer Capitol Summit at the Arizona State Capitol

October 26, 2016

Arizona’s Chief Science Officer Program First of its Kind in United States

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey will host the 1st Annual Chief Science Officer Capitol Summit this Friday. During the summit, 200 Chief Science Officers (CSOs) representing 120 schools from across Arizona will learn to advocate on policy issues such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and healthcare, collaborate with experts in the legislative process, convene as a collective cabinet, and finally pitch their ideas to Governor Ducey.

“The CSO program is an innovative, Arizona-grown model that is transforming the state’s STEM climate and receiving incredible national recognition,” said Governor Ducey. “I’m excited to see Arizona’s next generation of leaders tackle civic engagement and I look forward to hearing their vision for shaping Arizona’s future.”

Launched last year by Dr. Jeremy Babendure and his team at Arizona SciTech, Arizona’s CSO program is the first of its kind nationwide, and serves as an important opportunity for Arizona to leverage student voices in STEM. The CSO program empowers students to become ambassadors for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Through the CSO program, 6-12 grade students are elected by their classmates to serve as STEM liaisons for their community and private industry. Students in the CSO program will serve as Governor Ducey’s student STEM advisory cabinet.

“The support of the Governor’s Office, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Arizona Technology Council Foundation has been amazing in helping us make the CSO concept a reality,” said Dr. Babendure. “This program, and these amazing students, have been recognized nationwide as an exemplary program to emulate. This is a great testament to Arizona’s forward-thinking spirit and how we are emerging as a national leader in innovative educational concepts.” 

What: 2016 Chief Science Officer Capitol Summit

Where: AZ State Capitol Executive Tower (Rooms 200 & 312)
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

When: Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00AM – 3:00PM 

*This event is open to the press from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Governor Ducey will participate with students from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316