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Fellow of ANS

The honored membership grade of fellow is awarded to ANS members for outstanding accomplishment in any one of the areas of nuclear science and engineering. Eligibility for the Fellow nomination is as prescribed in ANS Bylaws B3.3(a).

The honor of receiving the highest membership grade of the Society is reserved for senior members of good reputation who shall:

  1. be at least 35 years of age,
  2. at the time of nomination must have been a member in good standing of the Society for at least five (5) continuous years immediately prior to nomination,
  3. have compiled a professional record of experience marked by significant contribution to the advancement of one or more of the various disciplines served by the Society.

The worthiness of a given candidate for advancement to Fellow is determined by critical review and assessment of submitted credentials and qualifications; hence, nominators should take due care in determining the eligibility of the candidate and preparation of the nomination package.

Members of the Board of Directors and the Honors and Awards Committee are not eligible for nomination as Fellows during their terms of service, and may not be a sponsor of a Fellow nomination nor write a supporting letter for such a nominee.

Nominations for Fellows are submitted to the Honors and Awards Committee in a format suggested in a nomination package available from ANS Headquarters or by clicking on the link above. The Honors and Awards Committee evaluates the nominations and makes recommendations to the ANS Board of Directors.

In order to receive a positive recommendation for promotion to Fellow (to the Board of Directors), nominations must receive positive votes from a majority of the total membership of the Honors and Awards Committee and the number of negative votes received should not exceed 20 percent of the members voting.

A nomination rejected because of excessive negative votes may be resubmitted for reevaluation within two years from the original submission date. Nominators should revise the nomination material before they are submitted for reevaluation. If the candidate is not approved on the second ballot, a new nomination may not be submitted for evaluation in less than five years from the resubmission date.

To be eligible for consideration, approval and subsequent recognition at the ANS Annual Meeting, complete nominations must be submitted to ANS headquarters by March 1. To be eligible for recognition at the ANS Winter Meeting, complete applications must be received by August 1.

The principal sponsor and minimum of five of the other sponsors must be ANS members to place a candidate in nomination. One sponsor or a principal sponsor must be an ANS Fellow. As an option, up to two additional sponsors, who need not be ANS members, may be included as nominators. Sponsors of a given candidate should be broadly dispersed geographically as well as by institution. Only one sponsor is desired from the home institution of the nominee.

Nominations are made on a standard form available from ANS Headquarters or from this website by clicking on the link above. A certificate of distinction is presented at the ANS Annual and Winter Meetings.

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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