John D. Boice, Jr. Young Investigator Award

Purpose of the Award

This Award is given to recognize an early career professional engaged in the science, medicine, engineering, public health, and/or risk communication fields as they pertain to the mission of radiation protection and measurements. While there is no specific age requirement for this award, in keeping with the intent of the award, “early in career” is typically considered to be within 10 y of completion of training (e.g., post-doc, residency, fellowship) which most often is under the age of 40 y. The work upon which the nomination is based must be in one or more of the areas of radiation research represented by one or more of the Program Area Committees of the NCRP. Candidates who are unsuccessful in any given year may be renominated in a subsequent year if they continue to meet the above criteria. Current members of the Council are not eligible for nomination for this Award.

Nomination Process

Nominations and letters of support for a candidate may be submitted by any NCRP Council Member or Emeritus member or a sponsor from the leadership of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American College of Radiology, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncologist, the Health Physics Society, Radiological Society of North America, Radiation Research Society, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, or by other radiation-related organizations and interested scientists. The dossier to be provided by the sponsor of a candidate should include the following:

  1. The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  2. The candidate’s bibliography, which should be divided into the following categories:
    • peer reviewed papers; and
    • proceedings, book chapters, letters.
  3. Two papers that best represent the candidate’s work.
  4. Supporting letters from at least two but not more than three persons (including the sponsor) who are familiar with the candidate’s accomplishments. It is strongly suggested that the sponsor collect all of the necessary information and supporting letters prior to submitting the dossier to be sure that all materials are submitted together prior to the deadline on August 1st each year.

Selection Process

A chair and members of an awards committee will be appointed each year at the Fall meeting of the NCRP Board of Directors (BOD). This committee will review the applications and make their recommendation of the top three finalists in rank order. The NCRP BOD will select the awardee at their Winter board meeting.


The recipient of this award will receive $500 and a travel grant to attend the NCRP Annual Meeting where they will be recognized for their accomplishments. In addition, the awardee will receive pdf and hard copies of five NCRP reports of their choosing.

Past Recipients

2021 Deepesh Poudel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2022 Sara Dumit, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2023 Michael B. Bellamy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2024 Lukas M. Carter, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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