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Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal

Top Tier Award

Topic: Nuclear Policy and Non–proliferation


The Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal is an award to be made to an individual in recognition of outstanding leadership in public policy for nuclear science and technology or outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear nonproliferation. This award is to recognize and honor excellence worthy of international recognition sustained over a period time. The award consists of an engraved bronze medal. It is to be made no more frequently than once per year and is normally conferred during the Winter Meeting of the Society.


This award was established in 2014 by the NNPD and is named after the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who played an instrumental role in nurturing the nuclear age to technical and political maturity. In June 2018, the NNPD and H&A committee agreed that the award should be elevated to a national Top Tier ANS award, from its current division–level status, and renamed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal.

Selection Method

Nominations are made using a standard nomination form. A minimum of three and maximum of seven sponsors are required, one of whom must be an ANS member. One sponsor shall be designated as the principal sponsor. The principal sponsor has the responsibility of (a) securing the required letters of recommendation from the other co–sponsors, (b) assembling the nomination package and (c) submitting it to ANS headquarters along with his or her own recommendation of the nominee by the deadline indicated in the call for nominations announcement. Sponsors of a given candidate should be dispersed geographically, and only one may be from the home institution of the candidate.

Evidence of the candidate's merit to receive the Eisenhower Medal shall be submitted in the form of written recommendations from the sponsors, specifying the candidate's outstanding accomplishments and contributions in nuclear public policy and/or the field of nuclear nonproliferation. The selection of the award is determined by critical review and assessment of submitted credentials and qualifications; hence, due care should be exercised in preparation of the nomination package. In the process of review and selection, emphasis is placed on excellence and beneficial impact of achievement in nuclear public policy and/or nuclear nonproliferation as evidenced by (a) outstanding original research, documented in refereed scientific journals or major publications and/or (b) recognized outstanding results achieved through leadership in nuclear public policy and/or nuclear nonproliferation, supported by the nomination letters.

The nominee must be living at the time of submittal but in certain exceptional cases a posthumous award could be made. A curriculum vitae along with a bibliography of major publications including documentation of participation in symposia and conferences may be attached.

Members of the NNPD Executive, Program and Honors & Awards Committees, the latter being the committee under whose purview the program has been initiated and is being conducted, are excluded as candidates for the Eisenhower Medal during their respective terms of office. They may, however, make nominations of others for the award.

In keeping with its elevation to a national Top Tier award, the ANS H&A Committee will administer the Eisenhower Medal, with input and participation by NNPD. In particular, NNPD will appoint up to three of the seven members on the subcommittee that reviews nominations and select the recipients.

The award fund will be funded by the Washington DC Local Section and NNPD

Nomination Deadline:
Award Description:
August 1
Winter Meeting, (or other meetings as deemed appropriate by the NNPD)
The award consists of an engraved bronze medal

Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to

Hard copies can be mailed to:

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