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Submission Deadline Approaching: ANSI 2016 Student Paper Competition: ""A World without Standards""


Apply by April 29

Reminder: Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29, 2016, for the annual student paper competition supported by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE) as part of 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.

Applicants are asked to describe in detail what a world would be like without standards. While standards impact more than 80 percent of global commodity trade, they often go unnoticed by the general public. Student papers should highlight how the products, services, and systems that we all depend upon would be affected without standards. For full submission criteria, view the ANSI 2016 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by Friday, April 29, 2016, to [email protected].

All papers 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. 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.

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

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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