Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics

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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 undergraduate students from across the country.

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

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.
  • At least 18 years old at the start of the program.
  • Interested in acoustics.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for all candidates.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. without restriction.
  • Vaccinations against COVID-19 are required. You will be asked to verify that you have been vaccinated or will be vaccinated by the start of the program.

Program Benefits

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.

  • A take-home stipend of $5000.
  • A housing stipend up to $3300.
  • In-person acoustic fundamentals short course in Chicago, IL, June 7-12, 2024.
  • In-person experience, working closely with a mentor in acoustics.
  • Virtual networking and professional development

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 30-40 hours per week between May 27 – Aug 16 2024. The final week will have only virtual meetings.
  • Weekly cohort meetings conducted virtually during the summer. Assistance with remote connection can be provided if needed.
  • Participate in an upcoming ASA meeting. Registration fees waived by the SURIEA program and up to $600 in travel funds provided.

Past Projects

2023 Cohort

  • Bending Beams: Effects of Infill Pattern and Density on 3D Printed Beams
  • Free Field Vowel Identification Study
  • Evolution of Ray Tracing in Sonic Booms
  • Hearing Loss: A Computational Model
  • Architectural Acoustics: Building Around Sound
  • Integrating Programming Methods into Ecological Acoustic Analysis
  • Listening Effort in Cochlear Implants
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Ultrasonic Characterization of Bulk Ceramics

2022 Cohort

  • Interning at Bose
  • How does speech degrade by face masks effect bilingual speech perception?
  • Calibration of Mobile Phones for Collecting Noise Data
  • Implementing a real-time PAM imaging system using ex-vivo human vertebrae and microbubbles
  • Acoustic Consulting: A Crash Course
  • Videos that alter the pleasantness of sounds
  • Interning at Threshold Acoustics
  • The Doppler Ultrasound twinkling artifact on crevices etched on Silicon wafer.
  • Acoustic Alternations and Emphasized Pitches of Hawaiian Humpback Whales
  • Uncovering Social Identifiers Inherent in Speech Signal

2021 Cohort

  • Frequency changes in humpback whale song units in response to boat noise
  • Chiller Compressor Sound Emission Analysis
  • Analysis of Arterial Wall Pulsation in Ultrasound Imaging
  • Observed Changes in Pupil Dilation and Corresponding Subjective-Ratings of Sensitivity, Annoyance, and Exposure to Noise
  • Ship Detection from Passive Underwater Acoustic Recordings Using Machine Learning
  • Auralization in Room Acoustics
  • HeARS: A Mobile Application Based Speech in Noise Screener
  • Amplitude Modulation Fusion Experiment
  • Experience as Trane Employee and Assigned Projects
  • Ambeo VR Microphone Auralization
  • Cross cultural infant directed speech in depressed mothers: Spanish vs English speaking mothers
  • Automatic Vowel Space Measurement with Children
  • Bubble Cloud Simulation
  • Modeling Ultrasonic Beam Scattering in Heterogeneous Solids
  • Threshold and the Consultation Process

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