Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)

Donating to 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 UT Arlington 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.

During this spring event, the Graduate School in conjunction with the Maverick Speaker Series, invites a prominent guest lecturer to share their experiences in academia and research. Past lecturers have included author Barbara Ehrenreich and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin. The 2011 keynote speaker is scientist and comedian Bill Nye, best known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy."

Graduate education is a critical driver for academic research, a crucial initial stage in the development of technologies and processes that, once commercialized, can help spur economic development, create the industries and jobs of the future, and improve national defense and homeland security. Graduate students form the university's and the nation's research workforce, helping faculty in the lab turn their ideas into useful discoveries. This experience helps graduate students become researchers in their own right who will make significant contributions after they graduate. ACES highlights UT Arlington's commitment to student research.

ACES investment opportunities include corporate sponsorships, visiting judges, underwriting of the awards dinner and reception, and honoraria for guest lecturers.


Jennifer Hawthorne
Senior Associate Director of University Development
Office of Development
UT Arlington
Box 19198
701 S. Nedderman Dr., 421 Davis Hall
Arlington, TX 76019-0198
(817) 272-7057

David J. Silva, PhD
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Graduate School
UT Arlington
Box 19167
701 S. Nedderman Dr., 333 Davis Hall
Arlington, TX 76019-0167
(817) 272-5164