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Rieser Awards in Science, Global Security, and Public Policy

November 30, 2017
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The Leonard M. Rieser Award is the capstone of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Next Generation Program, created to ensure that new voices, steeped in science and public policy, have a trusted platform from which to address the world’s existential challenges. The Rieser Award was established to recognize outstanding emerging science and security experts passionate about advancing peace and security in our time. Inaugurated in 2015, the award is given annually and is selected by the Bulletin’s editorial team from among the publication's Voices of Tomorrow essayists--new authors and rising stars who write with distinction about at least one of the Bulletin's core issues: nuclear weapons, climate change, the changing energy landscape, biosecurity, and threats from emerging technologies.

Leonard M. Rieser (1922-1998), for whom the Rieser Award is named, was the Board Chair at the Bulletin from 1984 until his death in 1998. He was a graduate student at the University of Chicago when he worked on the Manhattan Project, and he went on to a distinguished academic career as a professor and provost of Dartmouth College. He strongly believed in the ability of the next generation to play a critical role in finding solutions to persistent global problems.

The recipient of the Rieser Award receives $1,000 and a subscription to the Bulletin’s bi-monthly journal. Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply. Please note, submissions may be forwarded throughout the year, but applicants are highly encouraged to do so by November as the editorial team reviews submissions and announces the award in December.

Read about Columbia's most recent Rieser Award recipient, Nikita Perumal GS'16 (Human Rights), here.