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Established in 1962, this award recognizes an individual or individuals for especially meritorious contributions in research and/or developing understanding in important areas of current activity. A different topic is determined annually by the ANS Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Honors and Awards Committee. Each topic is selected because of the importance to the issue with regard to the peaceful application of nuclear technology to all mankind.

The award is intended to go to an individual, or individuals, rather than to a large group or institution. The candidate should have played an outstanding role in the necessary research and analysis and/or in the interpretation and leadership associated with furthering the overall understanding of this important effort. Nominees must be living individuals and need not be ANS members.

The 2018 topic will be Advancements in Alternative Uses of Nuclear Energy.

By Alternative Uses we mean hybrid and alternative energy applications of nuclear electricity and waste heat (district heating, hydrogen generation, desalination, agricultural uses, etc.). Generally, these technical options have the potential to make existing reactors more economically competitive and anyone advancing these options may be instrumental in salvaging the economics of the industry.

It is expected that the award could go to an individual or team who has led the design, analysis, and advancement of promising "hypothetical" options. The real-world impact is that such innovations and advancements could provide options that might be deployed keep these reactors open in the face of the economic uncertainty of the electric grid.

Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of recommendation
  • A narrative summary of about 1,000 words, including accomplishments, period of activity, and significance of achievements
  • A list of publications
  • A brief chronological resume
  • Letters of support (support letters recommended but not required, no more than five)
Nomination Deadline:
Monetary Award:
March 1st
Annual Meeting

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

Hard copies can be mailed to:

Honors and Awards
American Nuclear Society
555 N. Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526-5535

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