Nomination Deadline

March 1

Presented at the

Annual Meeting

Monetary Award



The Special Award consists of a plaque and a monetary award of $1,000. The Board of Directors selects a different topical area for the award each year on the recommendation of the Honors and Awards Committee. The award is normally conferred during the Annual Meeting of the Society to the outstanding nominee in that specific area of work.

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 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 monetary award is provided from the general Honors and Awards fund.

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.

2022 Topic: Outstanding contributions to retaining the operations and lifetime of Zero Carbon Nuclear Generators

The existing fleet of nuclear power plants in the United States and other countries is contributing significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gases and must be maintained for as long as possible through upgrades and life extension or license renewals. The new nuclear power plants of conventional and advanced designs coming online or under design or deployment around the world will boost the contribution of nuclear energy toward the NET ZERO goal. This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization, from any nation, with an extraordinary contribution to preserving the existing fleet or construction of new reactors of any design or size.

Nominees need not be ANS members.

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

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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