Acoustical Society of America - Students


Welcome to the Acoustical Society of America student website! 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 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.


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 [], the ASA Office Manager.


  • At least half-time enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • Graduate or Undergraduate status
  • $45 annual dues


  • Online access to the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
  • 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


The ASA is subdivided into thirteen technical committees covering a broad range of acoustics.

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...

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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. The Structural Acoustics and Vibration Technical...

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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. The Speech Communication Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically...

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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. The Signal Processing Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically held at every ASA meeting on...

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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. The Psychological and Physiological Acoustics Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically held at every ASA...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. The...

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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...

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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...

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Meet our ASA Student Council Chair!

Student Council Chair: Trevor Jerome

Location: Pennsylvania State University

Trevor is a student in the Graduate Program of Acoustics at Penn State University. He received a B.S. in Applied Physics from Brigham Young University, with an undergraduate capstone about referee whistle noise exposure. At an internship with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, he studied firearm impulse noise. During a fellowship with the US Army Aeromedical Research Lab, he studied 3D audio and shock tube impulse noise. He studied nonlinear joint dynamics at Sandia National Labs during the summer of 2016. Trevor now does research at the Applied Research Lab at Penn State, a U.S. Navy University Affiliated Research Center. He’s studying structural nonlinear damping in bolted joints.

Trevor imagines spending free time at the movie theater, playing his cello, learning languages, street epistemology, wrestling, and playing ultimate and soccer.

Check out the rest of the student council on the Student Council page!

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