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Welcome to the Acoustical Society of America student website - the ASA Student Zone! This site was conceived by the ASA Student Council and is meant to serve as a source of information and a point of contact for students and young scientists interested in acoustics and related fields. Within this site you will find information about the ASA Student Council, the ASA itself, and activities that are geared towards students. You can also learn about the various ways in which students can get involved in the Society, and how to make the most of the information on the upcoming meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Be sure to check the Latest News for ASA Students to sync up with last minute news before you head to the next ASA meeting, and note the Facebook Page and Live Twitter Feed from the Student Council during the meetings.

The Acoustical Society of America is “the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.” So what does this mean to you as a student, aside from the many hours spent reading the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America? Actually, quite a bit…

The ASA is subdivided into thirteen technical committees covering a broad range of acoustics.
Acoustical Oceanography
Acoustical oceanography is the science of inferring oceanic properties (physical, biological, geological, chemical etc.) from acoustic measurements. The field is motivated by the poor propagation of electromagnetic waves in water which renders many terrestrial measurement techniques (optical, radar, microwave etc.) inadequate for oceanic measurements. The field is complicated by the large scale of the ocean, the wide range of physical and biological noise sources present and by the complexity of sound propagation in a dynamic and inhomogeneous medium.
Animal Bioacoustics
The Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee studies the acoustic communication, sound production anatomy and auditory capacities of non-human animals as well as their behavioral responses to environmental sounds. In addition the use of acoustic techniques for population assessment, identification and behavior measurements are considered.
Architectural Acoustics
The Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics considers room acoustics, airborne and impact transmission in building structures, airborne and structure-borne noise control, noise control of building systems and electroacoustic systems.
Biomedical Acoustics
The Biomedical Acoustics TC is concerned with the study of the interactions of acoustic waves with biological materials, which is relevant for diagnostic and therapeutic applications of acoustics in medicine, biological effects of exposure to vibrations and medical imaging.
Engineering Acoustics
Concerned with the evolution and improvement of acoustical techniques and apparatus, and with the promotion of new applications of acoustics for useful purposes. Including transducers and arrays, acoustic instrumentation, applied sonics, audio engineering, acoustic imaging and acoustic holography.
Musical Acoustics
The Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics is interested in the application of science and technology to the field of music, with current interest in the physics of musical sound production, music perception and cognition, and analysis and synthesis of musical sounds and composition.
The purpose of the Technical Committee on Noise is to increase and diffuse knowledge of noise generation and propagation, passive and active noise control, and the effects of noise. Activities of the Committee embrace the practical and theoretical aspects of noise, in its broadest definition, in all areas of acoustics. Specific interests include the following and similar topics: sound sources, source mechanisms, propagation, perception, prediction, measurement, evaluation, analysis, effects, regulation, mitigation, and legal aspects of noise.
Physical Acoustics
The physical acoustics technical committee is concerned with fundamental acoustic wave propagation phenomena, including transmission, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, scattering, absorption, dispersion of sound, and sonoluminescence. The use of acoustics to study physical properties of matter, and to produce changes in these properties, is also of interest.
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
Concerned with the investigation and the dissemination of information about psychological and physiological responses of man and animals to acoustic stimuli.
Signal Processing in Acoustics
The purpose of the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics is to increase and diffuse knowledge of signal processing as used in the field of acoustics.
Speech Communication
The Speech Communication Technical Committee is concerned with the production, transmission and perception of spoken language. Both machine processing and human perception of speech are considered.
Structural Acoustics and Vibration
The Structural Acoustics & Vibration Technical Committee includes the study of motions and interactions of mechanical systems with their environments and the methods of their measurement, analysis, and control.
Underwater Acoustics
The Technical Committee on Underwater Acoustics is concerned with both natural and anthropogenic sound and its generation underwater; and the propagation, reflection and scattering of sound in the underwater environment including the seabed and the sea surface.
The ASA holds two conferences per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Students are encouraged to attend and present at the conferences. Registration for ASA student members with current ID cards is $50 if you register in advance of the conference. Otherwise onsite registration is $90 for student members. For non-member students (with current ID cards), the conference registration fees are $90 for advance registration and $130 for onsite registration.

The meetings are known for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as their high level of scholarship, and Society members are always eager to meet and talk with students. During the semiannual conferences, the thirteen Technical Committees also hold their own meetings. The Technical Committees (TC’s) provide a “home base” for Society members, while they arrange the various technical sessions and promote development in their respective fields. Students should attend these TC meetings to become more familiar with the inner workings of the society.

While at the meeting, there are plenty of activities and tons of information available for students. To learn more about the specific opportunities available, check out the pages on this site. One great way to really engage with the Society during the meeting is to wear the ASA Student Member sticker, which is included in the student registration packet. Although the sticker is optional, the goal is to facilitate networking between students and other members of the Society.

Curious what ASA has in store for students both at and outside meetings? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to connect with other students and receive periodic updates, announcements, and news.

  • At least half-time enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • Graduate or Undergraduate status
  • $45 annual dues
  • Interest in acoustics; although you don't have to be studying acoustics in an academic setting
  • Online access to JASA
  • ECHOES newsletter
  • Easy online application and renewal
  • Discounted pre-registration for ASA meetings
  • Discounts on acoustics-related books and products
  • Participation in local/regional chapters
  • Networking, school- and job-hunting tools
  • Interaction with active members of the academic and professional community
  • Opportunity to learn about cutting-edge developments in your field of interest
  • Development of life-long relationships with peers
If you are interested in becoming an ASA member, or if you would like more information, visit the membership page on ASA's main site. If you still have questions, you can email a Student Council member in your field of interest or contact Elaine Moran [asa@aip.org], the ASA Office Manager.