NSTMF
Events and Programs

The National Medals Celebration

Celebrating American Excellence in Science and Technology


Since its inception, the NSTMF has honored the men and women who receive America’s highest honors in science and technology: the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. These medals, bestowed by the President of the United States, recognize those who lead our country and the world in scientific and technological advancement. Their passion for knowledge has taken us beyond our planet, to the bottom of our seas, and deep within the neural pathways of the human brain.


The NSTMF honors these accomplishments by hosting the National Medals Celebration, an annual three-day celebration of ingenuity and excellence in STEM. The Celebration honors the new class of Laureates, the broader Laureate community, and leaders in the STEM community doing excellent work in the lab and in support of their community.


The National Medals Celebration comprises three days of programming in Washington, D.C., where the STEM community comes together with institutions, lawmakers businesses, students and affinity groups to celebrate American scientific and technological excellence. With an eye toward community building, advocacy, and inclusion, the Celebration provides a unique opportunity to not only highlight STEM excellence but also inspire future Laureates. Over the three days, Laureates, students, teachers, policymakers, government agency representatives, media, and STEM organizations will have unique opportunities to share stories, tackle problems, and create lasting relationships. 


The last Celebration was held on May 19, 2016, you can view pictures from the White House Ceremony here

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova stands with the National Medal of Science laureates on May 19, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.