COSSA Distinguished Service Award

The COSSA Distinguished Service Award recognizes leaders who have gone above and beyond to promote, protect, and advance the social and behavioral science research enterprise. Recipients are identified and selected by COSSA’s Board of Directors. The award is presented annually as part of COSSA’s Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day.

2018: Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) & Dr. William Riley

The 2018 COSSA Distinguished Service Award will presented at a reception on April 30, 2018 as part of the COSSA 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day. Press release is available here.


2017: Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) & Gary Peters (D-MI)

Senators Gardner and Peters were recognized for their bipartisan work on the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), legislation that reauthorizes activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), STEM education programs, and seeks to reduce the administrative burden associated with federal grants. Senators Gardner and Peters worked to ensure an inclusive and bipartisan process when writing the AICA, engaging the scientific research community along the way. The AICA was one of the last bills signed into law by President Obama in January. (Press release)

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2017 Distinguished Award Recipients Sen. Gary Peters (center) and Sen. Cory Gardner (second from left) with COSSA Executive Director Wendy Naus (right); Christina Ko, University of Michigan (second from right); and Myron Gutmann, University of Colorado, Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science (left).


2016: Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

In recognition of her unwavering support for social and behavioral science research and steadfast leadership on behalf of the U.S. scientific enterprise.

2016 COSSA Distinguished Service Award Winner Eddie Bernice Johnson and COSSA Executive Director Wendy Naus

2016 COSSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient Eddie Bernice Johnson and COSSA Executive Director Wendy Naus


2015: Dr. Philip E. Rubin, (former) Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy

In recognition of his career of service to the social and behavioral science community.

2015 COSSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient Philip E. Rubin (center) with COSSA Board Chair Felice Levine (left) and COSSA Executive Director Wendy Naus (right)