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Student Presentation Awards


The Canadian Acoustical Association offers awards to the best student presentations during the technical sessions at Acoustics Week in Canada. Three awards of $500 are offered each year. A fourth award in the same amount can be given in case of a tie for third place.


Both undergraduate and graduate student presenters are eligible for the Presentation Awards. Other requirements are as follows:

1.   Full-time student at the time of application;

2.   Student member of the CAA;

3.   The first author of the paper to be presented; and

4.   Registered to the conference.

Note: One-year CAA membership can be obtained at the time of registering to the conference, and this is accepted to meet eligibility condition 2 above.


Students contemplating presenting papers at Acoustics Week in Canada should apply for these awards by first notifying the conference organizers with the submission of their abstract. An application form available on the CAA conference website (follow the Students link) must also be transmitted to the conference organizers by the deadline indicated. The form must be co-signed by the applicant and supervisor.

Procedures and Duties

  1. The Conference Chair (or his/her representative) must compile a list of eligible students indicating (a) the student name, (b) the supervisor’s name, (c) the title of presentation, and (d) the day and time of the presentation.
  2. The student list must be forwarded to the Coordinator at least two weeks before the beginning of the conference.
  3. The Coordinator must appoint at least three independent judges for each eligible student presentation. In return, each judge typically evaluates three students. Supervisors cannot judge their own students, and co-authors and members of the same research group are also ineligible.
  4. The Coordinator must prepare and distribute scoring sheets to the judges during the Conference.
  5. Presentations are judged on the following merits:
    1. The way the subject is presented;
    2. The explanation of the relevance of the subject;
    3. The explanation of the methodology/theory;
    4. The presentation and analysis of results;
    5. The consistency of the conclusions with theory and results.
  6. The Coordinator tallies the results from all judges and students, and selects the winners.
  7. The names of the winning students are announced immediately after the last technical session.
  8. The CAA Awards Coordinator issues certificates and transmits relevant details to the CAA Treasurer by December 1st for prompt payments.


Jeremie Voix 8375 Mayrand Street, Montreal, QC. Tel: (514) 932-2674; Fax: (514) 932-4994. student-awards@caa-aca.ca


2012 – Banff
Tristan Defrancesco-Loria, Ryerson University
Do urban soundscapes influence visual attention?

Martin Brummund, École de Technologie Supérieure
On the influence of the material properties of the external ear on occlusion effect simulations

Nicolas Ellaham, University of Ottawa
Evolution of audiometry: clinical testing of a new tablet audiometer

2011 − Québec
Antoine Lefebvre, McGill University
On the bore shape of conical instruments

Sonal Bhadane, Ryerson University
High intensity focused ultrasound and microbubble induced tissue ablation effect of treatment exposure on thermal lesion volume and temperature

Guilhem Viallet, École de Technologie Supérieure
“Development of a simplified axi-symmetric finite element model of the auditory canal occluded by an earplug: variability of the attenuation as a function of the input parameters”

2010 − Victoria
Kostas Zolotas, University of Victoria
Lingual ultrasound of articulations made with the didgeridoo

Marianne Pelletier, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Effect of age on lexical decision speed when sentence context is acoustically distorted

Emma Murowinski, Defense Research and Development – Atlantic
Measurements and modeling of atmospheric acoustic propagation over water

2009 − Niagara-on-the-Lake
Brady Laska, Carleton University
Subband Autoregressive Modelling of Speech Signals

Brendan Rideout, University of Victoria
Localization of Marine Mammals in an Uncertain Environmen

Blake Butler, McMaster University
Temporal representation of pitch in auditory cortex 

2008 − Vancouver
Kate Dupuis, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Effects of emotional content and emotional voice on speech intelligibility in younger and older adults

Omar Falou, Ryerson University
Modelling high frequency acoustic backscatter response from non-nucleated biological specimens

Payam Ezzatian, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
The effect of informational masking and word position on sentence recall

2007 − Montréal
Marc-André Gaudreau, École de Technologie Supérieure (Montréal)
Variabilité de l’atténuation des protecteurs auditifs mesurée par le méthode Field-MIRE en fonction de la direction du son incident et des bruits du porteur

Huiwen Goy, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Effect of within and between-talker variability on word identification in noise in older and younger adults

Susan E. Rogers, McGill University
Memory for Musical Intervals: Cognitive Differences for Consonance and Dissonance

Gurjit Singh, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Auditory Cognitive Attention in Younger and Older Adults: A Comparison of Laboratory and Self-Report Measures

2006 − Halifax
Rida Al Osman, University of Ottawa
AlarmLocator: A software tool to facilitate the installation of acoustic warning devices in noisy work plants

Jeff Defoe, University of Windsor
Computational Aeroacoustics for electronics coolers

Matt Nantais, University of Windsor
Graphics processing unit cooling solutions: Acoustic characteristic

Ewen MacDonald, University of Toronto
Making young ears old (and old ears even older)

2005 − London
Elisabeth van Stam, University of Western Ontario
Recognizing individual Wild Big Brown Bats (Eptesicus fuscus) using their echolocation calls

Ralph Baddour, University of Toronto
The effects of pecking order on ultrasound backscatter from cells at different volume fractions

Jenn Bouchard, University of Western Ontario
Characteristics of Chimney Swift in-flight vocalizations

Julianne Tennhaaf, Brock University
Normative thresholds levels for a calibrated, computer-assisted version of the Ling Six-Sound test

2004 − Ottawa
William E. Hodgetts, University of Alberta
Advanced measures of bone anchored hearing aids: Do they correlate with perceptual judgments?

Dominic Pilon, Université de Sherbrooke
Influence of micro-structural properties on the acoustic performances of novel metallic foam

Emmanuelle Gros, Université de Sherbrooke
A missing mass method to measure the open porosity of porous solids