2016 World Standards Day Paper Competition
World Standards Day is celebrated annually around the world to increase awareness of the role that standards play in the global economy. The World Standards Day Paper Competition is co-sponsored by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the US World Standards Day Planning Committee in an effort to celebrate the global importance of standards and to honor selected individuals in the US Standards community. The 2016 paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards at the US celebration of World Standards Day, which will be held this year on October 27, 2016, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Cash prizes are awarded by SES and the World Standards Day Planning Committee for the best three papers submitted. The first place winner receives a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering.
An award winning paper will:
- Focus on standards and their use. Authors may choose to address the 2016 World Standards Day theme (to be announced) however there is no obligation to do so. Authors may choose to address topics that are either domestic (US) or international in scope. (See 2016 rules for examples)
- Be an original work;
- Be well written and contain minimal grammar and spelling errors;
- Use charts, graphs, and pictures to enhance the paper by supporting the theme; and
- Correctly cite sources and provide necessary copyright attribution for charts/graphs/pictures.
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View the 2016 World Standards Day Paper Competition rules.
All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight August 19, 2016, by the SES Executive Director, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the World Standards Day Paper Competition entry form.
2015 World Standards Day Paper Competition Winners
At the 2015 World Standards Day event, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, presented the three prizes for the paper competition. The first place award went to Jorge Contreras (University of Utah) and Andrew Updegrove (Gesmer Updegrove) for their paper A Practical Guide to Patent Policies of Standards Development Organizations. Second place went to Michelle Tham and Michael Bergman (both from the Consumer Electronics Association) for A Genealogy of Standards: Thirty Years of Advancing Connectivity, while third place went to Dawn Marie Bailey (NIST) for The Metrology of Organizational Performance: How Baldrige Standards Have Become the Common Language for Organizational Excellence Around the World.
View past World Standards Day Paper Competition winning papers.