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Start the Year with a Winning Submission! Enter ANSI’s Student Paper Competition


Share your thoughts on standardization, make connections in the standards community, and win a cash prize with ANSI and its Committee on Education (CoE)’s 14th annual paper competition!

The competition is part of a long-term effort to spread awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance. This year’s theme is, “What Role Do or Could Standards Play in Safe and Effective Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Applications/Systems?”

About the 2024 Theme

Artificial intelligence (AI)  is everywhere, with applications and systems revolutionizing a number of major sectors, including entertainment, manufacturing, media, healthcare, and finance, among other areas. The rapid rate of transformative AI has prompted research into the effects of AI, as well as the information of advisory and review panels around the world, as an attempt to understand and protect against any negative societal impact—with safety, cybersecurity, bias, and workforce risks among them.

Thus far, there has not been an initiative to provide a comprehensive landscape of how various sectors are currently implementing the technology, the short-term positive and negative societal impacts, and how to best capture benefits and mitigate risks to users and society at large.

The ANSI 2024 student paper competition invites authors to choose an industry sector and explore the ways in which AI standards play a role in achieving a positive impact—or could do so in the future. As the aim of the competition is to highlight the power of standards as a tool to continue the use of AI to achieve a positive impact, papers should identify a relevant standard or multiple standards and discuss how it/they can contribute to strategies and solutions for AI. See more details in the competition flyer.

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 2023 to June 2024 in U.S. higher education institutions.

All entries must meet requirements and will be reviewed by 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 2024 Student Paper Competition flyer. Email entries by June 7, 2024, to Lisa Rajchel, [email protected]. The winning papers will be announced in Q3 2024.

Resources for Research

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

USNC Paper Competition

Are your studies or interests centered on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)? Enter the USNC Don Heirman Award Program! This program—which is separate from the ANSI-CoE paper competition—gives students and young professionals the opportunity to compete in an annual paper competition on the topic of EMC for a $1,000 cash prize. Learn more and enter by June 7, 2024.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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