Today, U.S. Senator Todd Youngwas named a 2022 Champion of Science by The Science Coalition (TSC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research institutions. The award recognizes members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to federally-funded fundamental research.
“I am honored to receive the Champion of Science Award from The Science Coalition. Increasing investment in STEM education and pivotal research will allow our country to maintain and strengthen our global leadership in technology advancements. We cannot underscore enough the importance of bolstering this public-private partnership that contributes to life-changing discoveries impacting our daily lives,” said Senator Young.
Senator Young was nominated for the award by Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, both members of TSC. In his roles on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Young has advocated for evidence-based policy and supported our nation’s commitment to scientific research and innovation.
Joining a distinguished group of policymakers who have been named Champions of Science, Senator Young was honored for his work on the Endless Frontier Act of 2020 and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.
“Senator Young is a true Champion of Science,” said Peter DeYoe, President of The Science Coalition. “Throughout his tenure in Congress, he has worked tirelessly to advance the American scientific enterprise and secure robust, consistent federal funding for fundamental research—the urgency of which has only been reinforced the last few years. Sen. Young’s dedication has also strengthened the partnership between universities and federal research agencies and continues to support the STEM talent that will lead the next generation of American scientific innovation. We are proud to have Sen. Young in our corner.”
Over the past 30 years, TSC has recognized 109 members of Congress with the “Champion of Science” Award for their commitment to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research. Each champion is selected based on their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, and other activities that furthered scientific discovery and innovation. Each awardee demonstrates an unwavering dedication to supporting research institutions and the advancement of fundamental scientific advancement across all disciplines.