ANS UTK – About Us

What is The American Nuclear Society?ANS American Nuclear Society Logo

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is a not-for-profit, international professional organization for the nuclear science and engineering disciplines. It was established to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology.  Since its inception in 1954, ANS has grown to approximately 10,500 members representing over 1,600 corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Purpose: The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.

Vision: ANS will be the recognized credible advocate for advancing and promoting nuclear science and technology.


ANS at The University of Tennessee

UTK University of Tennessee Knoxville LogoFounded in 1959, the University of Tennessee ANS Student Sections is one of the oldest sections in the Country. We represent anyone who aspires to work in the nuclear industry, nuclear engineers and other majors as well.  Throughout the year, we host social events and meetings.  Some events are nuclear related, others not so much.  We hope to create an enjoyable experience for the students so they continue to stay active in the nuclear field.

What is a student section? ANS Student Sections provide a way for students to develop professionally through affiliation with an international organization of nuclear scientists and engineers. There are currently 37 active student sections that include about 1500 national ANS student members.

Who’s in charge? You can find all the current ANS UTK officers here!


What do we do?

ANS UTK goes rafting!

ANS UTK goes rafting!

Connections: ANS at the University of Tennessee provides a way for Nuclear Engineering students to make connections with NE Department faculty. These connections often lead to research opportunities and other ways to get involved in the Nuclear Engineering Department. Not only is there opportunity to connect with faculty, however: ANS is the largest student society on campus that connects Nuclear Engineering students to other students in the same major. In addition to helping you land a research job, ANS can introduce you to classmates or mentors!

Social Events: A large part of what ANS does at UTK is organizing social events for members. Past events include things like rafting trips and tours of nuclear reactors (including Watts Bar), and we have even more exciting things planned for these upcoming semesters.

Monthly Meetings: We meet every month to discuss the ongoing events in the organization. Every meeting has a free dinner, plus we often have guest speakers come in from research or industry to talk to us. Additionally, all students are invited to join the Oak Ridge / Knoxville ANS group every month for their dinner meeting.

Community Outreach: A large part of our efforts are dedicated to outreach in the local community. OR/K ANS is happy to host National Nuclear Science Week this year, and our ANS section is volunteering to help in any way possible! Other outreach events include doing science demonstrations at local high schools or science museums.

Conferences: Each year, students travel to the national ANS student conference to present research and connect with other students.

And Much More… Come to a meeting to find about everything else we do!

Who can join?

UTK ANS on Ped Walk for Nuclear Science Week

UTK ANS on Ped Walk for Nuclear Science Week

If you’re a student or faculty member at the University of Tennessee, you can join us! We have everyone from freshmen to post-graduate students in our section (as well as faculty sponsors), and we are constantly expanding. If you’ve never been to a meeting before, feel free to contact us or come to our next meeting (no RSVP required!). We hope to see you soon!

How do I join?

Your first step is to join our mailing list and come to our next meeting. Once you get acquainted with the club, annual dues are only $25, which goes to funding things like dinner at meetings, social events, and conference travel. You can pay dues in person by card, cash, or check, or you can pay online here with PayPal. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!