Congratulations to the 2017-2018 recipients and nominees of the ANS SSC Commendations for Service and Leadership!

Recipients of a Commendation for Service and Leadership:

Gemma Irais “Ira” Strong
University of New Mexico

Jeremy Mettler
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ira Strong has been described as “exceptionally devoted to the ideals and practices of the American Nuclear Society and the nuclear engineering profession.” She personally developed her section into one of the most active and engaged chapters in the nation this year.

As president of the University of New Mexico section, she organized and carried out noteworthy events like teaching the Get to Know Nuclear girl scout merit badge to more than 100 students. On her own, Ira chose to invite and plan a visit by Bob Coward, the national ANS president. She has been described as extremely organized, proactive, and dedicated.

Jeremy Mettler has been active in his chapter throughout their undergraduate degree, including holding a vice presidential role for two years becoming president this past year. Jeremy has been described as “responsible, engaged, and inspiring to their peers.”

Jeremy has have overseen one of the most active student sections in the nation and have been essential in bringing large numbers of students to the ANS student conference for the past three years. His leadership and passion has been an been a driving force in maintain the strength of the University of Illinois chapter.

Additional Nominees include:

Anna Biela
Katie Butler
Alyssa Hayes
Steven Hoak
Emily Humes
Kristina Reed
Victoria Riso
Drew Ryan
Jacob Tellez
Ivey Wilson

Past Service and Leadership Commendations Recipients

2016-2017Kalin Kiesling
Aries Loumis
2015-2016Matthew Jasica
Katie Mummah
Miriam Rathbun
2014-2015Andrew Conant
Remy Devoe
Justin Knowles


Call for Commendations for Student Service and Leadership (2018 Cycle Closed)

The ANS-National Student Sections Committee seeks to recognize students whose demonstration of leadership and commitment to outreach and service has resulted in significant achievements and the advancement of the nuclear community.
Faculty Advisors, Department Heads, Student Section Officers, and/or classmates are requested to nominate one or more student for a commendation. There is no limit to how many nominations may be submitted and it is encouraged that all individuals submit separate nominations even if for the same nominee. Students are also welcome to self-nominate.  There is value to all nominations regardless if the nominees are selected for a commendation or not as they will be recognized on the SSC website. Recipients of the commendations will be announced before the ~500 students and ~150 recruiters at the annual ANS Student Conference which will be held at the University of Florida.


Nominations can be submitted by completing the nomination form [PDF] [DOCX]. It is recommended in case of nomination by Student Section Officers, Peers, or Self, that a recommendation letter or separate nomination form is submitted by the Faculty Advisor or Department Head.


The deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2018. Please email all submissions to the Commendations Chair, at


The Commendations Chair will form a Commendations Subcommittee made of students which will evaluate the nominations. To keep the judging of the nominations unbiased, students will not evaluate submission from their same school or for people they know.  There is no limit to the number of commendations given per year and no requirement that any be given at all.  Honorable mentions may also be recognized.


The Commendations will be announced at the Awards Banquet of the Annual ANS Student Conference,, on Saturday, April 7, 2018.