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 deadline for entries is April 30, 2020, 5 p.m. EDT.
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 ANSI.org, StandardsLearn.org, 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.