The George E. Brown, Jr. Award for S-E-T Leadership

The George E. Brown, Jr., Award honors the memory of a man widely known as the leading statesman and advocate for science, engineering and technology policy in the United States Congress. George Brown was a member of the House of Representatives from California for more than 35 years. During his tenure he rose to the Chairmanship of what is now the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology and was one of the nation’s most ardent supporters of federal research.

Awarded annually by the SETWG to individuals who have met the following criteria:

  • Active leadership in the determination of SET policy;
  • Strong public advocacy in support of a role for the federal government in research;
  • Specific actions taken to advance SET public policy

U.S. Senator John Thune (SD), Senator Chris Coons (DE), Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC) and Representative David McKinley (WV) will receive the 2016 George E. Brown Awards for Science Leadership for their vision in promoting policies that benefit scientists, engineers, STEM students and the entire American public. Senators Coons and Thune and Representatives Butterfield and McKinley will be honored at a Capitol Hill ceremony and public reception on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. It will be held in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The celebration is open to the general public and press

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U.S. Senator John Thune (SD)
U.S. Senator Chris Coons (DE)


Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC)

Representative David B. McKinley (WV)