NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing efforts to raise awareness of the strategic significance of standards and conformance among postsecondary students, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), is pleased to announce its second annual student paper competition. Entries in the competition are due by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, April 15, 2013, and must be written and submitted by an enrolled college or university student(s) at the associate, undergraduate, or graduate level in a U.S. academic institute of higher learning. It is open to students of all disciplines.
The theme of the 2013 ANSI Student Paper Competition is Standards and Emerging Technology Decisions – What Role Do Standards Play in Disaster Recovery and Business Recovery? As we all know, in 2012 the Northeast experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and Standards played a critical role across various industries, especially in regards to public safety and welfare. With a destructive Hurricane such as this, Standards were important across various areas including health, medical, water and food safety, environment and climate, power (Smart Grid) and utilities, evacuation and emergency response, transportation, communications (e.g., cell towers), financial (e.g., national mortgage standards), fuel delivery, business continuity, product safety, energy efficiency, waste treatment, building (for disasters such as hurricane) and others.
Submitted papers should examine the role standards play in disaster recovery and business continuity, providing specific examples of where, how and which standards were or could have been invoked in an emergency situation; papers may also identify areas where existing standards could be improved and new standards could be developed and introduced for emergency management.
Entries must not exceed 2,000 words and must be formatted in accordance with the submission criteria in the paper competition flyer linked below. Submissions will be screened by members of the ANSI CoE to ensure they meet specified criteria and finalists will be recommended to ANSI for consideration. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges.
The winning entry will be awarded $2,500, while the second place and third place entries will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. The three winning papers will be announced in May 2013 and presented at a later ANSI event; however, ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges.
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 the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
The Institute 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), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
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.
SOURCE American National Standards Institute