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Reminder: Papers due by August 1 for ANSI's First Student Paper Competition

In an effort to raise awareness of the strategic importance of standards and conformance among students at the university level, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), is pleased to announce its first student paper competition. Entries are due by August 1, 2012.

The theme of the 2012 ANSI Student Paper Competition, How Standards Facilitate Innovation and Benefit Society, seeks differing perspectives from a wide range of disciplines on how standards facilitate innovation and how society as a whole can benefit.

"Whether you're preparing for a career in engineering, technology, business, or law, a working knowledge of standardization is a critical component in nearly all fields of study," said Lisa Rajchel, ANSI CoE secretary. "A new graduate who is familiar with the standards relevant to their industry and how the standards system works is a strategic asset to their employer."

All entries must be written by an enrolled college or university student(s) at the associate, undergraduate, or graduate level in a U.S. academic institute of higher learning. It is open to students of all disciplines. Authors must cite concrete examples demonstrating how standards spur innovation, drive U.S. competitiveness, and benefit society.

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded $2,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. Selected papers will be published on ANSI's website,; ANSI also reserves the right to publish submitted papers elsewhere.

The winning papers will be announced during World Standards Week 2012 at the Annual ANSI Awards banquet and ceremony on October 10 and presented at an education event on October 12 in Washington, DC. A small stipend will be given for travel for the first and second place winners if out of town travel to Washington is required to attend the October 12 event.

Papers should not exceed 2,000 words and should be formatted in accordance with the submission criteria in the paper competition flyer linked below. Submissions will be screened by members of the ANSI CoE paper competition ad hoc committee to ensure they meet specified criteria and finalists will be recommended to ANSI for consideration. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges.

To enter, email entries by August, 1, 2012, to [email protected].

View the ANSI 2012 Student Paper Competition flyer with specific submission criteria here.

About the ANSI Committee on Education
The ANSI Committee on Education oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach, fulfills the objectives of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), and responds to other issues that may be delegated by the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, or the National Policy Committee.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).


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