ASA awards prestigious Beranek Scholarship to Kieren Smith
Kieren Smith, a graduate student in architectural engineering, has received the Leo and Gabriella Beranek Scholarship in Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).
The Beranek Scholarship is a $30,000 award that is given to support graduate study in the fields of architectural acoustics and noise control. First awarded in 2016, it is given annually to a student who is a U.S. citizen enrolled at a university that offers a graduate degree program in those fields. Smith is the first Nebraska student to receive this award.
Smith is advised by Lily Wang, professor of architectural engineering. Their current research project is evaluating how room comfort parameters, including acoustics, affect student achievement in K-12 classrooms. In addition to working on this project, Smith is also doing independent analysis of how these parameters fluctuate during the school day.
Smith said this award is “an incredible blessing.”
“It has allowed me to avoid debt in obtaining my graduate degree and the financial flexibility and peace of mind to make long-term research plans as I transition from my M.S. to my Ph.D.,” said Smith. “Because of the flexibility and peace of mind this scholarship has given me, I have been able to devote time to developing research ideas for the rest of my graduate study and beyond. I am excited about what the future brings and I am grateful for this springboard into my academic research career.”
Smith plans to pursue a doctorate and then transition into a career that will include research into acoustics and noise. This scholarship, Smith said, will provide opportunities that make put that goal in sight.
“With this scholarship, I will take the experiences that I obtain and help further the field of architectural acoustics and noise control.”
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