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Reminder: ANSI 2015 Student Paper Competition on Standardization as a Driver of Innovation Now Accepting Entries


April 2015 Deadline Allows for Submissions during Fall and Spring Semesters

As part of its continuing efforts to raise awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), is holding its fourth annual student paper competition. The theme of the 2015 competition is Standards Inspire Innovation.

Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 30, 2015, and must be written and submitted by an enrolled college or university student(s) at the associate, undergraduate, or graduate level in a U.S. academic institute of higher learning. The competition is open to both full- and part-time students of all disciplines.

Standardization plays an essential role in fostering business innovation, supporting the creation of new products, services, and related technologies, and bolstering the incorporation of new innovations into existing industries or systems. Submitted papers should use specific examples to demonstrate the part that standards play in boosting business innovation in the U.S. and/or around the world.

Entries must not exceed 2,000 words and must be formatted in accordance with the submission criteria in the paper competition flyer linked below. All submissions will be reviewed by top-level industry experts, and winning papers will be published on,,, and potentially in other media outlets. Winning submissions will be read by a large number of members of the standards community, including experts in government, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions.

Prizes will be given to first- and second-place winners; ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges. Winning papers will be announced in late May or early June 2015.

For full submission criteria, view the ANSI 2015 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by Thursday, April 30, 2015, to [email protected].

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.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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