Welcome to the Student Writing Competition organized by the International Journal of Nuclear Security!

The International Journal of Nuclear Security announces its annual student writing competition. This competition is sponsored by the Institute for Nuclear Security (INS), the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Student Chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. It will be judged by volunteers who are leaders in the field of nuclear security. IJNS invites submissions-of 3,000 to 5,000 words-in four broad categories as they relate to nuclear security:

  • Policy, Law, and Diplomacy
  • Education and Training
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Reliability

Today's top students in nuclear science, technology, policy, and security are engaging in international and domestic forums and debates, offering fresh perspectives on complex problems. International Journal of Nuclear Security hopes to foster international collaborations and connect these aspiring professionals to their international peers and other working professionals. This competition, open to students from multiple disciplines and from all parts of the world, recognizes and encourages their valuable research and insights.


At the time of submission, authors and co-authors must be enrolled as students in a university or equivalent institute of education-in any country. All work must be original and previously unpublished. Manuscripts must conform to competition guidelines on the IJNS website. All submissions must include the name and contact information of a supervising professor/instructor associated with the author(s).


Up to three awards will be will be given: Distinction, Excellence, and Merit. Students may co-author a paper, but all co authors must be in the same division (undergraduates and graduates will not compete against one another).

Winners will be announced on the IJNS website. First-place (Distinction) winners in each division and category will be published in the International Journal of Nuclear Security; additional awardees will be considered for publication.


Submit your entry before midnight of March 31, 2018 (Eastern U.S. time). Please see the IJNS website for additional formatting and submission instructions: http://trace.tennessee.edu/ijns/policies.htm. You can submit your entry at http://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/ir_submit.


Judges are looking for the following features in your writing:

  • importance of contribution
  • originality
  • strength of arguments
  • intelligence and clarity of organization (structure, introductions, transitions, headings, page design)
  • effectiveness and readability of style (making your ideas as accessible as possible to a broad audience)

We look forward to seeing your work

We are happy to announce the 2017 winners!

Thanks to all who participated!

Award of Distinction
MD Shamsul Huda Sohel. “Solar System Battery Backups for Reactor Coolant Pumps During Electricity Outages Resulting from Natural Disasters"

Award of Excellence
Solymosi Máté. "Assessing and Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security Culture for Small Facilities that Handle Radioactive Material"

Award of Merit
Amal Touarsi and Amina Kharchaf. "The Future of Nuclear Security in Moroccan Territory After the Creation of the New Moroccan Agency of Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security: Opportunities and Challenges"

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