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Alexander Graham Bell Student Prize in Speech Communication and Hearing


The Bell Prize is named for Alexander Graham Bell, the extraordinary Scottish-Canadian inventor who is so well known for his invention of the telephone and for the resulting telecommunication companies that continue to bear his name. The prize recognizes Bell’s lifelong interest in hearing and hearing loss and his strong ties to Canada, both in Ontario during his early career, and in Nova Scotia, later in life.


The award consists of a cash prize of $500 awarded every year.


The candidate must be: (1) a CAA member; and (2) a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian academic institution conducting research in the field of speech communication and hearing. Note: A candidate may receive this award only once.


Applications must be received by the Prize Coordinator by April 30. Along with the application form, submit a written proposal (up to 750 words) summarizing the research work to be carried out.

CAA Prize Application Form:Word formPDF form.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a Subcommittee set up by the Prize Coordinator. Applications are evaluated based on the quality and originality of the research proposal, and the potential contribution to the field of acoustics. 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.


Professor Bryan Gick , The Department of Linguistics, UBC, Vancouver Campus, Totem Field Studios 222, 2613 West Mall, Vancouver (BC), Canada, V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-4817 bell-prize@caa-aca.ca