Nomination Deadline

March 1

Presented at the

Annual Meeting

Monetary Award*



The Special Award recognizes an individual or group for outstanding achievements in a specific area of work. The Board of Directors selects a different topical area for the award each year on the recommendation of the Honors and Awards Committee.

Nominees may be from any nation, but they must not be deceased at the time the awardee is selected. The nominee need not be an ANS member.

The award may be presented to one or more individuals at the Annual Meeting of the Society. It consists of a plaque, $1,000 monetary award*.

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


The Special Award was established in 1962 and has been awarded each year when eligible candidates are nominated and selected. The topics for the awards have come from the many varied areas of nuclear science and engineering fostered by the Society.

The selection of the topics should continue to reflect the wide variety of subjects in which ANS members are prominent contributors. Future awards should be made in areas different from those in which previous Special Awards have been given. The award topic should be of timely interest to the Society and should reflect current Society affairs and activities. The topic should not be tailored to suit a particular individual or team who would undoubtedly receive that award.

With the extensive collaboration on many projects by groups of people ranging from two or three up to several, nominations of teams or small groups can be expected and are certainly appropriate for many areas that might be selected for the award. Possible restrictions of the nominees for the award to individuals or to small groups are left to the discretion of the Honors and Awards Committee.

2023 Topic: The role nuclear power plays in meeting state energy and environmental objectives


As public energy policy shifts to focus on the reduction of greenhouse gases, policy makers have the unique challenge of prioritizing climate goals while also meeting high energy demands. States that have embraced nuclear energy as part of their overall portfolio have traditionally achieved better outcomes at meeting both of these goals than those who have not. This award recognizes state policy makers and legislators who have kept nuclear power at the forefront of their state’s energy policy and who understand the contribution that nuclear energy plays in reaching the Net Zero goal.

Selection Method

The criteria for selection of an award topic for the ANS Special Award is left up to the judgment of the Honors and Awards Committee. The basic criteria for the selection of an awardee can generally be outlined as follows:

  • The nominee has exhibited, in the past, truly outstanding work in the topic area.
  • The nominee is held in high esteem amongst their peers in their field of endeavor.
  • The nominee's work has exhibited great significance and relevance to the field chosen.

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 applicable)
  • A brief chronological resume
  • Letters of support recommended but not required (no more than five)

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

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