About Us

aka UNLV ANS Student Section



  • Audrey Roman - Radiochemistry Graduate Student


  • Balazs Bene - Radiochemistry Graduate Student


  • Janelle Droessler - Radiochemistry Graduate Student

To contact the Officers, please use our Contact Us page.

Board of Governors:

  • Aldo F. Chavira - Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student
  • Maryline Ferrier - Radiochemistry Graduate Student
  • Sherry Faye - Radiochemistry Graduate Student
  • Vanessa Sanders - Radiochemistry Graduate Student


Student Section Membership

The student section brings students together to network, share research, and meet other students. We also try to take tours of local companies and have guest speakers regularly. There is also funding for students to go to the national and student conferences each year. We have a Winter Dinner every year with the local ANS, HPS, ASME, and AACE which funds a couple students to attend. There are no dues required of students but national membership is strongly advised.

National Membership

National Membership for students cost: $28/year and includes but is not limited to:

  • Nuclear News magazine, providing you every month with the latest worldwide developments in the nuclear field, plus exclusive interviews with the movers and shakers shaping the profession. The renowned Nuclear News Buyer's Guide is also published and distributed to members yearly.
  • ANS News, reporting bi-monthly on the activities of the Society, including public outreach, position statements and honors and awards, plus providing news about members.
  • Nuclear Headlines, links to nuclear-related news coverage updated every 15 minutes from 25,000 global sources.
  • Access to the Career Center in the Members section of the ANS web site, where open positions are posted and you can store your résumé.
  • Access to the Members section with its content exclusive to members, including the ANS member directory.
  • Membership in at least two ANS divisions, providing you with information and networking opportunities in your areas of specialty.
  • Volunteer opportunities to express your viewpoints and enhance your career.
  • Representation with regulators and legislators on behalf of the nuclear community.
  • Substantial savings over the non-member registration fee at ANS meetings (the difference could pay for your membership).
  • Discounts on the Society's Standards, three technical journals (Nuclear Science and Engineering, Nuclear Technology, and Fusion Science and Technology), Radwaste Solutions magazine, books, and other publications.
  • Group rate insurance plans
  • ANS credit card that helps support the Outreach activities of the Society.
  • Various honors and awards and scholarships.


The UNLV ANS Student Section was started by Dr. Anthony Hechanova in 2003 as the university was starting up its nuclear engineering and radiochemistry programs. Since then, the student section has grown to over 30 active members from the departments of radiochemistry, engineering and health physics. Due to the close relation of the departments, the ANS student section often interacts and shares events with the Health Physics Society. In fact, many students overlap between the two student sections. This gives the ANS student section its diversity and unique resources that make it so awesome.


The UNLV ANS student section is big on outreach activities. Some of the more important and frequent activities include the twice yearly nuclear science merit badge, volunteering for the middle school and high school regional science bowls, and participating in the local sections winter and spring professional dinners. The student section is also active in UNLV campus events such as earth day and student organization days each semester. Last but not least, over 20 student section members recently volunteered at the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division Topical Meeting in Las Vegas in April 2010. Volunteers were required to work anywhere between 3 and 8 hours in order to be granted free registration to the meeting.


The UNLV ANS student section has been lucky enough to have had several opportunities to travel around the southwestern United States and tour various nuclear facilities. A tour to the Santa Fe/Albuquerque, NM area included visits to Los Alamos National Lab and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. A visit to the San Diego area included tours of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, General Atomics and a Navy nuclear submarine. Closer to home, student section members have participated on tours of the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site) and Varians medical and industrial facilities right here in Las Vegas.

Social Events

The most popular social event is by far the movie night. Once a semester, student section members gather to watch a nuclear related movie and share theatre snacks like popcorn and chocolate covered goodies. Past movies have included The Atomic Bomb Movie: . . . ., Dr. Strangelove . . . , and The Core.

In April of 2010, the student section hosted a student social for students from all universities attending the RPSD topical meeting to gather and meet each other.

Lastly, a social event was held with the North American Young Generation Nuclear (NAYGN) group and the student section. The groups met at a restaurant/bar and then mingled and played pool while discussing all things nuclear.

ANS UNLV Student Chapter