High school students win special awards for acoustics science projects

The Acoustical Society of America presented four special awards at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2023

Melville, May 19, 2023 – The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) announced that four projects are the winners of the ASA Special Awards presented at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF). The top three finalists have been awarded cash prizes for their research and all four project finalists are invited to attend an ASA Meeting.

Shodai Tanaka of Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan was awarded the ASA First Award of $1,500 for the project titled “A Mathematical Study About the Sustaining Phenomenon of Overtone in Flageolet Harmonics on Bowed String Instruments,” In addition, their school will be awarded $200, and their mentor will be awarded $500.

Anton Bulancea of Alexandr Pushkin Lyceum located in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, was awarded the ASA Second Award of $1,000 for the project tilted “Developing a New Acoustic Levitation Platform Design for Non-Contact Handling in Electronics Assembly,” In addition, their school will be awarded $100, and their mentor will be awarded $250.

Michelle Hua of Cranbrook Kingswood School located in Troy, MI, USA, was awarded the ASA Third Award of $600 for the project tilted “3D Acoustic Simulation and Optimization Algorithms for Transcranial Focused Ultrasound Delivered With Robotic Systems,” In addition, their Mentor will be awarded $150.

The ASA Honorable Mention went to Anu Iyer of Little Rock Central High School located in Little Rock, AR, USA for the project titled “VAST (Voice and Spiral Tool): A Novel Multimodal Machine Learning Method To Detect Parkinson’s Disease and Assess Severity.”

To read the project abstracts, visit https://exploresound.org/isef-asa-winners/

Shodai, Anton, Michelle, and Anu were finalists in at Regeneron ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college STEM research competition. Owned and produced by the Society for Science, Regeneron ISEF provides a platform for the best and brightest young scientists to showcase their science, technology, engineering or math research. This year, more than 1,600 finalists from 64 countries, regions and territories competed for more than $9 million in awards and scholarships.

The ASA has participated at ISEF since 1978 to promote acoustics and recognize the accomplishments of high-school students. ASA’s long-time participation in Regeneron ISEF recognizes the importance of promoting STEM education and generating interest in acoustics among all students. This year, the ASA judging team was led by Peter Assmann (University of Texas at Dallas) and included Christopher Ainley (Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc.), Satwik Dutta (University of Texas at Dallas), Nursadul Mamun (University of Texas at Dallas), and Abbey Thomas (University of Texas at Dallas). The Society looks forward to seeing future accomplishments from the many talented youth who participated in the Regeneron ISEF!

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The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its worldwide membership represents 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), JASA Express Letters, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. See https://acousticalsociety.org/.

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