Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you to all of the presenters!

Graduate Dean's Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentor Award

Kenneth Roemer, English

Outstanding ACES Faculty Mentor

Kevin Schug, Chemistry


Vice Provost's Award for Excellence in Abstract Writing

Vice Provost's Award for Excellence in Abstract Writing
Name:
Mohammadreza Mehdizadeh (Material Science Engineering)
Title: Facile Preparation of a Novel Family of Strong Surgical Adhesives
Faculty Mentor(s): Jian Yang


Graduate Sustainability Award

Graduate Sustainability Award ($200)
Name:
Jayme Walton (Biology)
Title: The Effects of Mineland Reclamation on Turtle and Frog Communities in North Central Texas
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Laura Gough (BIOL)


Undergraduate Sustainability Award

Undergraduate Sustainability Award ($200)
Name:
Steven Nunez (Architecture)
Title: Harvesting the Rain; A Proposal for Storm Water Management and its Re-Use on the University of Texas at Arlington Campus
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Donald del Cid (Architecture)


Women's and Gender Studies Student Excellence Awards

Women's & Gender Studies - Graduate
Name:
Mylynka Kilgore Cardona (History)
Title: Alexine Tinné: a Dutch Lady in Search for the Source of the Nile
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Imre J. Demhardt (HIST)

Women's & Gender Studies - Undergraduate
Name:
Alexandra Schiller (Psychology)
Title: Influence of estrogen on cocaine reward
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Linda Perrotti (PSYCH)

Women's & Gender Studies - Undergraduate
Name:
Katelyn Jaynes (English)
Title: Textual Ambiguities in William Dunbar's "Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo"
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. K. Gustafson (ENGL)

Women's & Gender Studies - Undergraduate
Name:
Amy Tuttle (English)
Title: “Do You Think I May One Day Escape?”: The Symbolic Order and the Production of the Ambivalent Mother As Represented In Stephen Daldry’s The Hours
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Penelope Ingram


Undergraduate Poster Presentation

President's Poster Award ($200)
Name:
Alexandra Schiller (Psychology)
Title: Influence of estrogen on cocaine reward
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Linda Perrotti (PSYCH)

Provost's Poster Award ($100)
Name:
Lindsey Dornberger (Biology)
Title: Colony Collapse Disorder Dynamics in Apis mellifera
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Kojouharov (MATH), Dr. Grover (BIOL), Dr. Kribs-Zaleta (MATH)

Graduate Dean's Poster Award ($50)
Name:
Sarah E. Hardee (Biology)
Title: Learning to Survive: Learning Outcomes-Based Assessment of the Emerging Scholars Program in Freshmen Chemistry
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Kevin A. Schug (CHEM)

Honorable Mention ($25)
Name:
Tony Nguyen (Chemistry)
Title: Preliminary Studies on a Conserved Mutant Variant, E109N in F420-Cofactor Dependent Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Kayunta Johnson-WInters

Honorable Mention ($25)
Name:
Felicia Wallace (Linguistics)
Title: Chain Devoicing in Cayuga
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald (Linguistics)


Undergraduate Morning Oral Presentation

President's Award ($200)
Name:
Crystal Jamaica (Civil Engineering)
Title: Harvesting Seismic Energy for Emergent Use after Major Earthquakes
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Shih-Ho (Simon) Chao

Provost's Award ($100)
Name:
Leslie Rice (Undeclared)
Title: Reproductively Disabled: An Examination of Infertility as a Disability, 1990-2008
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Sarah Rose

Graduate Dean's Award ($50)
Name:
Sean Pierce (Computer Science Engineering)
Title: Malware Configuration Protection Mechanisms
Faculty Mentor(s): (Matt Wright CSE)


Undergraduate Afternoon Oral Presentation

President's Award ($200)
Name:
Joshuah Beach-Letendre (Biology)
Title: Are increasing global temperatures allowing fungi to devastate sea fan corals?
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Laura Mydlarz (BIOL)

Provost's Award ($100)
Name:
James Bourbeau (Physics)
Title: Developing of a Fast Timing System for the ATLAS Forward Proton Detector
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Andrew Brandt (PHYS)

Graduate Dean's Award ($50)
Name:
Nicolas Miranda (Music)
Title: The Legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. George Chave (Music)


Graduate Poster Presentation

President's Poster Award ($200)
Name:
Denise Cauble (Nursing)
Title: Pediatric Tonsils: Potential Window on Pollution
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Patricia Newcomb (NURS), Dr. Andrew Hunt (GEO)

Provost's Poster Award ($100)
Name:
Lori McLain Pierce (Linguistics)
Title: Improving Spanish Diphthongs through Syllabification Instruction
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick (Linguistics & TESOL)

Graduate Dean's Poster Award ($50)
Name:
Catherine Spann (Psychology)
Title: Where’s My Car? Brain Activity Predicts Successful Memory for Car-Parking Location
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Heekyeong Park (Psychology)

Honorable Mention ($25)
Name:
Roshni Iyer (Biomedical Engineering)
Title: Novel drug delivery strategies for Atherosclerosis treatment via Angioplasty balloons
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr.K.T.Nguyen(BE), Dr.S.Banerjee(Cardiology)

Honorable Mention ($25)
Name:
Vijayalakshmi Murali (Biomedical Engineering)
Title: Multi-layer Microparticles as Diagnostic tools for Prostate Cancer
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. K.T. Nguyen (BE)


Graduate Morning Oral Presentation

President's Award ($300)
Name:
Benjamin Johnston (Biomedical Engineering)
Title: Bridging the gap: biosynthetic nerve implant (BNI) for regeneration of nervous tissue following peripheral nerve injury.
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Mario I. Romero-Ortega (Biomedical Engineering)

Provost's Award ($200)
Name:
Samuel Yang (Chemistry)
Title: Mesh Screen Affinity Materials for Drug Discovery Using Transmission Mode Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry
Faculty Mentor(s): Kevin A. Schug (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Graduate Dean's Award ($100)
Name:
Colin Jenney (Psychology)
Title: Sociodemographic and Lifestyle Risk Factors of Weight Gain and Obesity Among Undergraduate Students
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. A. Liegey Dougall (PSYC)

Honorable Mention ($50)
Name:
Giacomo Ghidini (Computer Science Engineering)
Title: Improving the energy efficiency of wireless sensor networks: A Markov chain-based duty cycling scheme
Faculty Mentor(s): Prof. Sajal K. Das (CSE)

Honorable Mention ($50)
Name:
Matthew Steffenson (Biology)
Title: Size and behavior mechanisms that affect predation ability in wolf spiders (Hogna helluo)
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Dan Formanowicz (BIOL)


Graduate Afternoon Oral Presentation

President's Award ($300)
Name:
Wendy Okolo (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Title: Aircraft Lateral Trim Using Internal Fuel Transfer & Differential Thrust in Formation Flight
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Atilla Dogan (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Provost's Award ($200)
Name:
Ryan Hall (Physics)
Title: Nano-Crystal Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet for Radiation Detection
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Wei Chen (PHYS)

Graduate Dean's Award ($100)
Name:
Young-Sik Seo (Electrical Engineering)
Title: A Design of Integrated Circuit and Batteryless Wireless Sensing Platform for Biomedical Applications
Faculty Mentor(s): Jung-Chih Chiao

Honorable Mention ($50)
Name:
Uday Tata (Electrical Engineering)
Title: A microfluidic system to assess cancer metastasis risks
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr.J.C Chiao (EE)

Honorable Mention ($50)
Name:
James Dunning (Communications)
Title: When 'Oops, Sorry' Isn't Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. T. Christie (COMM)