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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.

Apply for ASA Scholarships

The ASA has scholarships available to students enrolled in graduate programs in phonetics and speech production, architectural acoustics, noise control, and engineering acoustics. For further information and application forms, please visit the ASA Funding...

Student Council Representatives Sought

Applications for new ASA Student Council Representatives serving the Technical Committees on Acoustical Oceanography and Architectural Acoustics will open on January 20th. The deadline for submitting an application will be in early March. Serving as a Student Council...

Results from ASA Minneapolis Best Paper Awards

A number of ASA Technical Committees offer Best Paper Awards to students and early career members who present at ASA meetings. More information about these awards can be found on the ASA website's Funding Sources page. Below, the results of the Best Paper Awards for...

ASA Louisville Funding Opportunity for Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

The Technical Committee on Psychological and Physiological Acoustics has a special funding opportunity available to support invited student presenters at the ASA Louisville meeting in Spring 2019. The deadline for the application is Monday, October 22nd. More...

ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants

The 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, hosted by the German Acoustical Society, will take place from September 9th - 13th next year (2019) in Aachen, Germany. The ICA includes talks and posters on acoustics, a technical exposition on recent advances in...