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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.


Alberto Behar, P. Eng., C.I.H. (1984-2018), INCE Bd. Cert.
Phone: 416-265-1816
Cell: 647-705-4520
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