The NSSC Outstanding Publication Award is awarded annually by the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium to the lead author(s) of an outstanding peer-reviewed paper published in the areas of basic and applied science and engineering supporting the nation’s nuclear security and nonproliferation mission. 

The NSSC Outstanding Thesis Award is awarded annually by the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium to scholars who have completed an exceptional thesis in the areas of basic and applied science and engineering supporting the nation’s nuclear security and nonproliferation mission. 


These highly competitive awards honor NSSC Fellows and Affiliates for their excellent contributions to nuclear security science.

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 NSSC Awards

Mark Straub, University of California, Berkeley

Winner of Best Reviewed Publication 

Recent Advances in Nuclear Forensic Chemistry” was featured as the cover article in a special issue of Analytical Chemistry. 

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Benjamin Godfrey, University of California, Davis

Winner of Best Original Research Publication

Godfrey was the lead author on the highly regarded publication, “Search for Dark Photon Dark Matter: Dark E-Field Radio Pilot Experiment”, published in Phys. Rev. D. 

Cordell Delzer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Winner of Outstanding Thesis for Radiation Detection

“Fabrication of Specialized Scintillators for Nuclear Security Applications”

Teal Pershing, University of California, Davis

Winner of  Outstanding Thesis for Nuclear and Particle Physics

“The Accelerator Neutrino-Neutron Interaction Experiment” 

Kelly Kmak, University of California, Berkeley

Winner of Outstanding Thesis for Radiochemistry and Forensics

“Investigation of the 230Th(p,2n)229Pa Reaction as a Route to 225Ac”

Hi Vo, University of California, Berkeley

Winner of Outstanding Thesis for Nuclear Engineering

“Influence of Defects’ Mechanical Stability on Microscale Plasticity and Failure”