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Send A Winning Submission: Enter ANSI’s 2023 Student Paper Competition!


Theme Highlights Standards Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Submissions due by June 2, 2023

Reminder: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (COE), invites eligible applicants to join its 13th annual paper competition with submissions on the 2023 theme, Standards Supporting United Nations 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.

About the 2023 Theme: Standards Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a call to action for all nations to promote health, safety, and prosperity while protecting the planet. At the center of UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 Sustainable Development Goals are intended to:

  • support the end of poverty and hunger everywhere;
  • combat inequalities within and among countries;
  • build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies;
  • protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and
  • ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

The goals, intended to be achieved by 2030, also support the UN’s commitment to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive, and sustained economic growth; shared prosperity; and decent work for all, considering different levels of national development and capacities.

To highlight the power of standards as a tool in these worldwide efforts, the ANSI 2023 Student Paper Competition invites 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.

Submission Information

The paper competition is open to students enrolled full- or part-time in associate, undergraduate, or graduate programs during the period of September 2022 to June 2023 in U.S. higher education institutions.

All entries must meet requirements and will be reviewed by top-level experts in the standards community, including experts in government, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. Winning papers will be published on and potentially in other media outlets. A cash prize of $2,000 will be given to the first-place winner; a cash prize of $1,000 will be given to the second-place winner. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges. All entries will receive a certificate from ANSI recognizing the submission of the paper.

For full submission criteria, access the ANSI 2023 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 2, 2023, to Lisa Rajchel, [email protected]. The winning papers will be announced in August 2023.

Resources for Research

ANSI has developed a list of suggested resources for research and references:


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 both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. 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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