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What is 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 spring and one in fall). Students are encouraged to attend and present at the conferences. The meetings are known for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as their high level of scholarship, and ASA members are always eager to meet and talk with students.

Technical Committees

During the semiannual conferences, the thirteen Technical Committees also hold their own meetings. The Technical Committees (TCs) provide a “home base” for Society members and are responsible for arranging the various technical sessions and promoting development in their respective fields. Students should attend these TC meetings to become more familiar with the inner workings of the ASA.

Become a Student Member

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 (


  • 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)
  • Discounted pre-registration for ASA meetings
  • Discounts on acoustics-related books and products
  • Participation in local/regional chapters
  • Networking, school- and job-hunting tools
  • Opportunity to learn about cutting-edge developments in your field
  • Development of life-long relationships with peers

Get Involved

There are many ways for students to get involved with and benefit from ASA.

Attend a Meeting

Going to an ASA meeting is the best way for students to get involved! At meetings there are plenty of activities oriented toward students, and there are funding sources available to facilitate student attendance at meetings. To learn more about these activities and funding opportunities, check out the meeting page. One great way to engage with the ASA during the meeting is to wear the ASA Student Member sticker included in your student registration packet. Although the sticker is optional, it helps facilitate networking between students and other members of the ASA.

Stay Connected

There are many ways to learn more about what the ASA offers to students both during and between meetings. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to connect with other students and receive periodic updates, announcements, and news. Check out the ASA website or the Explore Sound website to learn more about the ASA and its outreach efforts.


Acoustical Society of America - Students
Acoustical Society of America - Students
New course being offered from University of Washington. Check it out!
Erica Escajeda
Erica Escajeda
Spreading the word about an exciting marine bioacoustics course offered at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

If you are interested in bioacoustics, this would be a great course to check out! (You even get to build your own hydrophone, pretty cool!). Space is still available, apply today!
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Want to be more involved in the ASA? Applications for new representatives to the ASA Student Council from the Technical Committees on Animal Bioacoustics (AB), Engineering Acoustics (EA), Noise (NS), Psychological and Physiological Acoustics (PP), Structural Acoustics and Vibration (SA), Speech Communication (SC), and Underwater Acoustics (UW) are being accepted! Deadline is Friday, March 20th for applications.
Check out the link for more information
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Don't forget the deadline for applying to PASS is Monday February 10th! Link to the website is here:
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Acoustical Society of America - Students
Happy International Year of Sound everyone!

The opening ceremony will be kicking things off on January 31st in Paris, France! The event will be at 19:00 Central European Time and will be live streamed. If you want to watch, check out the link below close to the start time of the event.


ASA School update
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A decision has been made to cancel ASA School 2020 and hold the next School in 2021 in conjunction with the spring 2021 meeting in Seattle, WA (7-11 May 2021). ASA School 2021 will be held 5-6 May at a location to be determined near Seattle.


Thanks @ASA_POMA and @ISVRsouthampton! If anyone has any questions feel free to reply here!

Day 5 of demonstrating the hot chocolate effect to my housemates and they may or may not want to strangle me.

Great thread here for those of us trying to manage switching to a "working from home" environment.

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