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Paper Competition Announced for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2013


Papers addressing ""Standards for a World at Work and Play"" are due by August 3

The 2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition has been announced by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and the paper competition's sponsor, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals.

The theme for this year's paper competition, "Standards for a World at Work and Play," reflects the many ways that standards function as tool to bolster consistency, repeatability, dependability, and excellence in a wide variety of technologies and fields. Standards are the foundation upon which developing nations build their economies and compete in the global marketplace, facilitate technological innovations, and foster evolving social and environmental compliance practices that assure the safety of workers and the health of the world and its citizens.

This year's U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day will focus on how standards bring confidence to businesses, governments, and consumers, impacting reliability from farm to table, manufacturer to retailer, and workplace to home.

Paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day banquet on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges. The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers are expected to be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering.

All submissions must be previously unpublished, between 2,500 and 4,500 words long, and formatted in 10-point, Times New Roman font. All submissions must include a completed entry form, available here, and must be sent to [email protected] no later than midnight on Saturday, August 3, 2013, to be eligible.

The contest's complete list of rules can be accessed here.

More information about the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2013, Standards for a World at Work and Play, is available at

About SES - The Society for Standards Professionals
SES was founded in 1947 as a non-profit, technical association dedicated to furthering the knowledge and use of standards and standardization. SES is unique in that it is the only organization in North America committed exclusively to furthering public awareness and knowledge of standards and standardization. SES provides a neutral forum where standards users and developers can come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. The Society's members are standards developers, users, managers, and information specialists from industry, government, standards developing organizations, trade associations, and academia. To find out more about SES please visit our website at

About the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Since the initial celebration in 1970, World Standards Day (WSD) is now recognized in nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Toy Industry Association will act as the administrating organization for WSD 2013. For more information or to register, please visit


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