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Student Paper Competition Deadline Is Approaching: Applicants to Exemplify ""A World without Standards""


Deadline is Friday April 29

There is still time to apply: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE) is pleased to announce its fifth annual student paper competition as part of its ongoing efforts to spread awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance. The competition calls for applicants for submissions that exemplify the 2016 theme: A World without Standards.

Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29, 2016, and must be written and submitted by enrolled college or university student(s) at the associate, undergraduate, or graduate level enrolled in a U.S. academic institute of higher learning. The competition is open to both full-and part-time students of all disciplines.

Standards impact more than 80 percent of global commodity trade, but often go unnoticed by the general public. The student paper competition requires applicants to describe what a world would be like without standards. Submissions should demonstrate specific examples to highlight how the products, services, and systems that we all depend upon would be affected.

Papers 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 June 2016.

For full submission criteria, view the ANSI 2016 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by Friday, April 29, 2016, 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.

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 made up 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).


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