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Extended Deadline: ANSI Announces 2020 Student Paper Competition: Standards Supporting UN Sustainable Goals


Submissions due by May 31, 2020

Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19, ANSI, in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), is extending the deadline for the 2020 Student Paper Competition to May 31, 2020, 5 p.m. ET. In consideration of the displacement of millions of college students as their campuses close, ANSI's CoE is providing more time for students to get involved.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), has announced its ninth annual paper competition with the 2020 theme, Standards Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals. The competition is part of a long-term effort to spread awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance.

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals serve as a call to action for all nations to promote health, safety, and prosperity while protecting the planet. The goals stem from the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that outlines 17 Sustainable Goals. The goals recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations require strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth - while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.

To highlight the power of standards as a tool in these worldwide efforts, the ANSI 2020 Student Paper Competition requires authors to choose one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and explore the ways in which standards play a role in achieving it, or could do so in the future. Papers should identify a relevant standard or multiple standards and discuss how it/they can contribute to strategies and solutions for reaching the targets set out in one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Who Can Apply?

The paper competition is open to students enrolled full- or part-time in associate, undergraduate, or graduate programs during the period of September 2019 to April 2020 in U.S. higher education institutions. A small number of finalists will be invited to give an online presentation to the review team before a winner is chosen.

All entries must meet requirements and will be reviewed by top-level industry experts, including members of the standards community, experts in government, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. Winning papers will be published on,, and potentially in other media outlets.

A cash prize will be awarded to first- and second-place winners. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges. The winning papers will be announced in June 2020.

For full submission criteria, access the ANSI 2020 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by 5:00 p.m. ET on May31, 2020, to Lisa Rajchel, [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 comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations.

The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI 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). For more information, visit


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