Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)

About ACES

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that occurs in late March. ACES showcases the best of our students' research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.

Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, army recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, engineering. They have presented works of art, literature, music, and stage performances. ACES is truly an interdisciplinary event in which any student from any program can participate.


In addition to the standard ACES awards, presentations and posters that students submit as being relevant to sustainability also will be eligible to win additional sustainability awards. Presenters who want to be eligible for this additional category should make certain that the appropriate box is checked when submitting an abstract.

Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Toobin

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A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country's most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time, including the O.J. Simpson trial, the Kenneth Starr investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and the disputed Florida recount of the 2000 presidential election. One of the closest watchers of the 2006 Martha Stewart trial, his accounts of the case for CNN and The New Yorker were among the most well-balanced and thorough.

AT A GLANCE: Toobin received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Link: More about Jeffrey Toobin

Events with Mr. Toobin

Faculty Roundtable
Wed., March 24, 2010
Location and time: TBA

Keynote Address
Wed., March 24, 2010
8:00 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The ACES keynote speaker is generously supported by
the Office of the President, and the Maverick Speakers Series.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at (voice). Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.