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The Royster Student Scholarship Award Program is a chapter-run poster competition held once a year for a total of US$5,000 in scholarships. Full-time graduate students enrolled in a program involving acoustics, or senior undergraduate students expecting to enroll in such a program, are eligible to submit entries.

Generously Provided By Larry and Julia

This year, the Program is run by the East and South East Asia (ESEA) Chapter, and the theme of the poster competition is “Sound and Wellbeing”  And, the deadline for submission has been extended to 31 March 2021. Details and rules are presented below.

Sound and Wellbeing

Entry and Eligibility Requirements

  • Posters should be on any topics related to the theme regarding “Sound and Wellbeing” including:
    • Education
    • Sound Surveys
    • Engineering and Administrative Controls
    • Hearing Protection
    • Audiometric Evaluations
  • So a vast number of potential acoustic project areas are covered. From doing psychological studies on how to better inform the impacted individuals to developing math-model/computer based data analysis techniques.
  • A maximum of two (2) poster competitions will be supported annually
    • Each winner will receive a US$2,500 scholarship.
    • If the winning poster results from the efforts of multiple students, the award will be split equally among the student authors.
  • The competition shall comply with the following rules:
    • The regional chapter (ESEA) will appoint at least three (3) judges, as well as an individual who will be responsible for ensuring that all relevant information is gathered and submitted to the Committee on Regional Chapters and the national ASA office.
    • Judging will be based on scientific merit, the apparent future potential of the student(s) to contribute to the general field of acoustics, and relevance of the presentation to the scope of the competition.
    • Students formally enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning and are able to use the scholarship by the following academic year of full-time graduate studies in a program that includes acoustics in the curriculum, are eligible to submit entries. Submitted entries must be accompanied by evidence that satisfies the judges of the student’s eligibility.
    • A summary paper should be submitted to the Royster competition coordinator of the chapter, by each poster entry, before the deadline to allow judges to become familiar with the expected posters.
    • Each poster should be visually self-explanatory, should also include a 3-5 page summary paper covering the contents of the poster, and may be accompanied by a demonstration or talk. The judges, in making their final decision, should also consider this summary and demonstration or talk.
  • The scholarship award will be given to the winning students’ school to be applied against expenses of full-time graduate study in a program that includes acoustics. The winner(s) must report to the competition coordinator the contact information for the university officer that would be responsible for administering the scholarship funds.
  • Within three months of graduation, the winner(s) of this scholarship will provide to ESEA a copy of their thesis or project report.


Teams or individuals must register by email on or before 31 March 2021 to the competition coordinator at carmen@asaesea.org. In the email, please indicate:

  • Your name and school;
  • The name of your teammates (if any), their school(s) (if different than your school), and their e-mail addresses;
  • The name of your faculty advisor, his or her school, and his or her email address;
  • If the project will be completed
    • For credit as part of a design studio,
    • For credit as part of a non-studio class,
    • As an extra-curricular;
  • The student participant who will serve as primary contact for the team. The primary contact will serve as a vital link for receiving information and updates on the competition. This may be include answers to frequently asked questions and changes to information presented in the flyer;
  • The submission of the Digital Poster and a 3-5 page summary;
  • Other demonstration or talk.


Judging Panel


Prof Dr Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
Vice-President of European Acoustics Association

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a Professor (retired) of Psychoacoustics and Noise Effects, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research and teaching activities include Psychoacoustics, Acoustic Ecology, and Soundscapes. Dr Schulte-Fortkamp was visiting as a research professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, Osaka University, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Among others, she was co-chair of the European Committee COST Action TD 082011-201204 “Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes”. She is not only a member of ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 54 -12913-1 “Perceptual assessment of soundscape quality” but also a project leader for ISO/TS 12913-2 Soundscape 2018: Data collection and reporting requirements. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and served for 12 years as Associate Editor in Noise for JASA. Dr Schulte-Fortkamp’s current activities for ASA include chairing the Committee on International Liaison and being active as a member of several ASA committees. In 2011-2012 she was ASA Vice President. Currently, she is Vice-President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) and since 2013 a member of the board of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA). Dr Schulte-Fortkamp is a Distinguished International Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE USA). In 2010, she was awarded the Hear the World Foundation Award and in 2012 she was the recipient of the European Soundscape Award.


Prof Jian Kang
Professor of Acoustics at University College London, United Kingdom

Professor Jian Kang holds Chair in Acoustics at the Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment, University College London, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Acoustics, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration. He chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise and the EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes, and he is President-Elected of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration. He has worked in environmental and architectural acoustics for 30+ years, with 80+ research projects, 800+ publications, and 90+ engineering/consultancy projects. He is a recipient of the Advanced ERC Grant Award, currently working internationally on developing Soundscape Indices.


Maurice Yeung
Vice-Chair of ASA ESEA

Maurice is the charter member of the East and South-East Asia Regional Chapter of Acoustical Society of America and is currently the Vice-Chair. He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics and Macau Institute of Acoustics; and a Member of the Acoustical Society of China. Maurice is an Engineer by profession. He is an active member in the engineering field as well as in the acoustician circle both overseas and in Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental noise planning and assessment; and the development of noise-related policies in Hong Kong. He retired from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2017 and he is now still supporting EPD specifically on a number of projects deploying “acoustics windows” as noise mitigation designs to tackle environmental noise.