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
Bill Nye

Image of Bill Nye.

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Bill's fascination with how things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he headed for Seattle and work as an engineer at Boeing. It was in Seattle that Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Bill made a number of award winning shows, including the show he became so well known for, "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 28 Emmys in five years. Bill is still active in television, currently hosting "Stuff Happens" and working on an upcoming project, "Solving for X."

AT A GLANCE: Bill Nye is a graduate of Cornell with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins. Bill is currently the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, the world's large space interest organization.

Link: More about Bill Nye

Events with Mr. Nye

Keynote Address
Wed., March 23, 2011
8:00 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The ACES keynote speaker is included in the Maverick Speakers series and is generously funded by the Office of the President, the College of Science and the Office of Graduate Studies.

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.