Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics


Planning for the Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics (SURIEA) 2022 program is underway!  Join our mailing list for updates:


About the SURIEA program

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will be running a 12-week PAID summer undergraduate research program for students interested in the area of Acoustics. This intensive summer program in acoustics is designed for under-represented minority undergraduates from across the country.

This program will emphasize training, mentoring, research, and preparing students for graduate studies & careers in acoustics.

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About ASA

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world’s leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year.


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in a 2- or 4-year institution, including community and tribal colleges.
  • Applicant’s race/ethnicity should be one of the following underrepresented groups: Black/African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino/a
  • Interested in acoustics.


  • $7500 stipend for the 12-week experience.
  • Up to $2000 to apply towards participation at two upcoming ASA meetings (December 2022 in Nashville; May 2023 in Chicago).
  • 1-week, in-person acoustic fundamentals short course (location & dates TBA).
  • 11-weeks of in-person research or internship experience, working closely with a mentor in acoustics.
  • Cohort participants will meet virtually as a group, weekly throughout the program to develop and refine professional skills, practice science/technical oral and written communication, build support networks and more.


  • Approximately 30-40 hours per week.
  • Weekly cohort meetings  will be conducted virtually during Summer 2022, so participants will connect remotely. Assistance with remote connection can be provided if needed.
  • Participate in upcoming ASA meetings (December 2022 in Nashville; May 2023 in Chicago), with travel/fees provided by the SURIEA program.

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 during the run of the program 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 January 14, 2022. NEW: review of applications will be begin January 28, 2022.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the program? Notifications will be sent out starting Feb 1, 2022. NEW: due to the application extension, notifications will be sent out in mid to late February.

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.

If I’m planning on graduating in Spring 2022, can I still apply? 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.

Do I have to be based in the US? Students outside of the US are welcome to apply, however SURIEA is currently focused on underrepresented undergraduate students from the US and as such will prioritize applicants bas in and from the US and/or US territories.

I have DACA, AB540 or SB68, or a similar status for undocumented students, can I apply? Yes! We welcome all students who want to learn about acoustics!

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. 

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 at a future ASA meeting. If accepted into the SURIEA program, you will be expected to attend 1 of the 2 upcoming meetings. 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 one of these 2 meetings.

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


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