Resources for Students

TC’s, Grad School, and Grants, oh my!


These resources are intended to help you get the most that you can out of ASA. The sea of acoustical topics covered by the ASA is enormous, and it can be daunting learning to navigate it. The information below will help guide you, letting you know how ASA works and how it can help you. Good luck!

What is the ASA?

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is “the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.” 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.

On the first day of each conference, a special orientation meeting is held for anyone who wishes to attend. The presentation given at the orientation meeting helps to explain what ASA is and how ASA meetings work.

What are Technical Committees (TC’s)?

The ASA is subdivided into thirteen Technical Committees (TC’s) covering a broad range of acoustics. The TC’s provide a “home base” for Society members, while they arrange the various technical sessions and promote development in their respective fields. Each of the TC’s have their own leadership, their own sessions, and their own student council representative.

See the Technical Committee page for more information on each TC.

Which graduate schools do acoustics?

There are many graduate schools around the U.S. that do acoustics. That being said, many only do work associated with one or two TC’s. There are few that do work in most of the TC’s, and none that do work in all of them. Thus, where you want to go depends in part on what you want to do.

For help in figuring out which schools do acoustics research, check out the Graduate School Directory.

Need Funding?

Now that you’ve identified which graduate school(s) you want to attend, how are you going to afford tuition? Welcome to the uncertain world of graduate funding. Luckily, the ASA Student Council sponsors a panel discussion every 3-4 meetings on how to receive grant and fellowship funding as a potential and current graduate student. The next one is will be held in Nov. 2015 at the Jacksonville, FL meeting.

In the meantime, check out the Fellowships & Grants page for tips on how to best write a proposal, and for opportunities to submit your proposals to a funding agency.


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

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