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Nuclear Science Week 2017

Nuclear Science Week, is a week-long celebration focusing local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. This year, Nuclear Science Week will be held October 16-20, and ANS is once again proud to partner with a host of others in recognizing the vital role nuclear science plays in the lives of Americans.

Nuclear Science Week is an ideal time to host outreach events in your local communities. To encourage participation, ANS is offering financial assistance to sections planning events that coincide with NSW. Up to $1,500 will be distributed to help sections begin new Nuclear Science Week outreach activities. There is a $1,000 maximum grant request; there is no minimum request amount. These grants do not limit any section's ability to apply for and receive in-kind donations of public information materials for National Science Week or other events.

Grant Guidelines

Cash Assistance Grant applications must be submitted by ANS national members on behalf of their section. The grants will be awarded for NEW INITIATIVES ONLY. Activities that have been held in prior years are not eligible. In order to be considered for a grant, the activity or event must promote one or more of the following messages:

  • Radiation and radioactivity are a natural part of our world.
  • Nuclear technology works.
  • Nuclear technology enhances our quality of life.

Volunteer members of the Communications Committee will review applications. The reviewers will judge applications based on alignment with ANS messaging (above), and target audience (either the general public or K-12 community), evidence of the section's ability to execute the activity as well as measure its effectiveness in achieving the desired goal. Use your imagination in developing your event!

Grant Application

Please complete the application form and return it to outreach by September 3, 2017. Grant recipients will be notified on or before September 18, 2017. Contact Janice Lindegard with questions or for additional information.

Focus Area

ANS will consider assistance for a wide variety of National Science Week events. Following are examples of prior grant winner activities for inspiration.

General Public Outreach

ANS aims to engage the general public in the conversation about nuclear. Activities should be educational, engaging, and interactive. Prior grant recipients have hosted events such as a community lecture series, laboratory open-houses, and mall demonstrations of radioactivity.

The student section of the University of Sharjah, in UAE, used an ANS Nuclear Science Week Cash Assistance Grant to help fund detecting radiation demonstrations in a local shopping mall.

K-12 Education

Education outreach can take place within public and private schools, as well as informal settings such as power plants, laboratories, museums, and scout meetings. In past years, grant recipients have held Boy and Girl Scout "Get to Know Nuclear" badge workshops, teacher workshops, and student laboratory visits.

Nuclear Science Week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory featured an educator workshop, funded with help from an ANS NSW Cash Assistance Grant. Teachers replicated Ernest Rutherford's gold foil experiments, among other activities.

Please note that grants may not be used for:

  • Direct donations or grants to individuals
  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Scholarships/internships/fellowships/awards

  • Volunteer stipends
  • Food/Beverage
  • Travel/Lodging
  • Speaker Fees

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