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Raymond Hétu Prize in Acoustics


Raymond Hétu was a Full Professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Montréal and Director of “Groupe d’Acoustique de l’Université de Montréal”. He died tragically in 1995 at the age of 47. He was particularly known for his innovative work in the field of noise-induced hearing loss, noise and safety, and the effects of noise on health. He was also actively involved in the training of undergraduate and graduate students. He transmitted his passion for research through teaching, conferences, and numerous publications. The prize pays tribute to a man who always aimed high at improving the quality of life of people exposed to noise in their environment.


The winner will receive a book in acoustics and a one-year student membership to the CAA, which includes a subscription to the Canadian Acoustics journal. The winner will be provided with a list of texts and reference materials from which to choose, or the winner may make an alternative proposal, which must be approved by the Prize Coordinator.


The prize is open to any undergraduate student at a Canadian institution having completed, during the past academic year or previous summer, a project in any field of acoustics or vibration, for which a scholarly product can be submitted as evidence of his/her contribution (publication, technical report, other original work by the student). Projects done by more than one student working together will be considered as a team application.


Applications must be received by the Prize Coordinator by April 30. The following material must be submitted: (1) contact information for the applicant that includes the applicant’s name, mailing address, E-mail, and telephone number, (2) the name of undergraduate program enrolled in and the University, (3) a supporting letter from the applicant’s faculty supervisor or other faculty mentor who is able to judge the student’s contribution, and (4) a copy of the scholarly work produced by the student in the 12-month period preceding the deadline.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a Subcommittee set up by the Prize Coordinator. Applications are evaluated based on originality, amount of work accomplished, technical quality, writing quality, and supporting letter. Decisions made by the Prize Subcommittee are transmitted to the Awards Coordinator and Board of Directors of the CAA. The successful candidate will be notified by June 15. Decisions are final and may not be appealed. The CAA reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

The names of prize winners will be announced at the annual CAA Symposium (usually in October), and published in the December issue ofCanadian Acoustics and on the CAA website.


Dr. Umberto Berardi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria street, Toronto (ON), Canada, M5B 2K3
Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3263 hetu-prize@caa-aca.ca

Prize Winners (last 5 years)

Sin Tung Lau, Jacob Maracle and Dario Coletta, University of Toronto at Mississauga

Jill Lowther, Kayla Hack, Daniel McDonald, Kelly Sowden, and Leigh Vanderloo ,University of Western Ontario
Sorry, Can You Repeat That?: A Health Promotion Campaign Addressing Noise-Induced Hearing Problems Among Senior Health Sciences Students

Jessica Banh and Konstantin Naumenko, University of Toronto
Establishing normative voice characteristics of younger and older adults

Marianne Pelletier, Marco Coletta, and Renée Giroux, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Effects of Acoustic Distortion and Semantic Context on Lexical Access: a Replication and Expansion

Huiwen Goy, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Effect of within and between-talker variability on word identification in noise in older and younger adults
Book: Acoustic Analysis of Speech by R. D. Kent and C. Read

Shazia Ahmed, Sina Fallah, Brenda Garrido, Andrew Gross, Matthew King, Timothy Morrish, Desiree Pereira, Shaun Sharma and Ewelina Zaszewska, University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Portable audio devices and their effects on hearing
Book: Dynamics of Speech Production and Perception by P.L. Divenyi, S. Greenberg and G. Meyer (Eds.)