2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition
Standards for a World at Work and Play
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 2013 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 3, 2013, 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.
The theme for this year’s paper competition “Standards for a World at Work and Play” recognizes standards as tools that assure repeatability, consistency, dependability and excellence. It identifies standards-setting bodies as the forums for the public and private sectors to come together in collaboration for a common good. And it confirms that – from farm to table, manufacturer to retailer, and workplace to home – standards bring confidence and countless benefits to businesses, governments and consumers.
Standards are the foundation upon which developing nations build their economies and compete in the global marketplace, facilitate technological innovations, and foster evolving social and environmental compliance practices that assure the safety of workers and the health of the world and its citizens. Inherently, standards distill state-of-the-art expertise into practical, globally relevant tools for tackling global challenges. Standards evolve to meet the changing needs of a world at work and play.
An award winning paper will:
- Address the theme in an appropriate and effective manner;
- 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 2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition rules.
All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight August 3, 2013, by the SES Executive Director, 1950 Lafayette Road, Box 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the World Standards Day Paper Competition entry form.
View past World Standards Day Paper Competition winning papers.