Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is acoustics?
Acoustics is the science of sound. There are many kinds of sound and many ways that sound affects our lives. If you study acoustics, you might study the production, control, transmission, reception, or effects of sound on people, animals or even objects. Acousticians include engineers, physicists, speech and hearing scientists, architects, biologists, psychologists, linguists, mathematicians, oceanographers, computer scientists, and musicians. Learn more about the technical areas here:

Do I have to be a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) to take part in the SURIEA program?
No, applicants do not need to be members of ASA to apply or take part.

My school semester doesn't end until after the start of the SURIEA program, can I still apply?
Yes, just let us know when the end of your semester is when you fill out the application.

I have other commitments this summer, can I still apply?
Students with significant other commitments such as a job or summer school will not be a good fit for the program. The time commitment is 30-40 hours per week throughout the program.

When is the application deadline?
Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2024.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?
Notifications will be sent no later than February 2024.

Do I need to send an official transcript or unofficial transcript?
No, but please let us know if you have taken any acoustics related coursework when you fill out your application.

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply or participate in the program.

If I’m planning on graduating in Spring 2024, can I still apply?
Yes, this program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled at any 2- or 4-year institution, including community and tribal colleges who plan to continue their undergraduate studies. Please let us know if you will be attending a new program in the fall of 2024.

Do I have to be based in the US?
Only students based in the US or US territories are eligible.

What are the selection criteria?
What is the selection process? Applications will be reviewed based on goals and interests, as well as what a student will bring to the project. Candidates are notified as soon as possible after selection.

I’ve never done any research before, is that OK?
Yes! Students will receive training in both acoustics fundamentals and research techniques. All participants will also receive attention and feedback from mentors and faculty during the program. We welcome all students who want to learn!

What will I get to do?
The internship consists of three distinct elements: classroom sessions, hands-on training in research, and academic/career development. Our mentors work on many different aspects of acoustics! Interns will learn how to conduct acoustics research, how to analyze acoustic data, and how acoustic standards are used in industry. They will also work one-on-one with their mentors and contribute meaningfully to an ongoing research project or industry application. Check out this video to hear from past SURIEA participants!

How is the research/internship match decided?
Pairing of an SURIEA student with a researcher or industry professional will be based on student interests and availability. Students will meet each mentor and learn about each project and will be given an opportunity to rank project interest.

What do I have to do to participate in an ASA meeting? Do I have to present?
No, you aren't required to present, but you are encouraged to present at an ASA meeting. If accepted into the SURIEA program, you will be expected to attend an upcoming meeting. At these meetings, you will be able to participate in student-led activities, workshops, receptions, research talks, and much more. We will provide up to $2000 to make sure you can attend an ASA meeting.

What if I have more questions?
Feel free to send us an email at; we’re happy to help!


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