Nomination Deadline

August 1

Presented at the

Winter Conference

Monetary Award*



The Landis Public Communication and Education Award recognizes an individual for outstanding efforts, dedication and accomplishment in furthering public education and understanding of the peaceful applications of nuclear technology.

This may include outstanding communication in public venues as well as exceptional work done to inform teachers, K-12 students, and other audiences in public education settings about nuclear science and technology applications and nuclear careers. This award is given to an individual who, over the course of the year, has made a significant impact in public education and communication.

Nominees may be from any nation, but they must not be deceased at the time the awardee is selected. Also, nominees need not be ANS members and can include teachers, workshop leaders, and organizers and facilitators of other youth-oriented programs.

The award consists of an engraved plaque, $1,000 monetary award*, and compensation (up to $1,500) for travel expenses incurred in attending the award presentation at the ANS Winter Conference.

*In lieu of a cash award, recipients can opt for travel reimbursement up to the award amount.


The Public Education Program (PEP) Service Award* was established in 1983. In 2004, the award was renamed the Landis Public Communication and Education Award in response to a $20,000 contribution from John W. Landis, one of the founders of the American Nuclear Society, the 17th president of the Society and ANS Fellow. An additional $25,000 was contributed by the Landis Trust posthumously in 2013.

This award provides both an incentive and a reward for persons devoting their time and energy to improving the education of the public on nuclear matters. The ANS Outreach Program has served the public interest for more than 30 years. In the words of Mr. Landis, “Outreach is one of the Society’s major accomplishments, rooted in the vision, generosity, and unselfish service of thousands of members.”

Selection Method

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

  • A letter of recommendation from the nominator
  • A narrative summary of about 1,000 words, including accomplishments, period of activity, and significance of achievements
  • A list of publications (if appropriate)
  • A brief chronological resume (if appropriate)
  • Letters of support (support letters recommended but not required; no more than five)

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