Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in ACES?

Current UT Arlington students from any discipline are encouraged to submit abstracts for ACES. Presenters must be enrolled at UT Arlington during the semester in which ACES is held.

Who will be in the audience?

Each presenter will be judged by a panel of faculty and alumni who will be in the audience. In addition, faculty, staff and students from UT Arlington regularly attend the symposia. Friends and family members may attend as well. We encourage you to invite sponsors and others from the general community, especially if they have assisted you with the project or in some manner have helped you to realize your educational goals. Since the audience will be so diverse, members of the Organizing Committee of ACES ask that you prepare your remarks for a general but well-educated audience.

How do I find out the time of my presentation?

Oral presenters will receive an email stating the exact time and location of their presentation and the schedule is posted on the ACES website prior to the event. Poster presenters should be on hand during the judging period and throughout the day to interact with visitors. Visit the Poster Presentation Guidelines page for more information.

May I change my presentation time?

Unfortunately, due to the high number of presentations, the presentation schedule is not flexible. Time changes for presentations are not allowed. If you are unable to attend during your scheduled presentation time, please email to cancel your presentation.

May I submit more than one abstract to the symposium?

No, students may submit only one abstract. If you have been involved in several projects please choose the one which best demonstrates your originality and creativity.

Do I have to have final results, or may I present on a work in progress?

It is acceptable to submit an abstract that describes a work in progress. If you are presenting a work in progress, make sure you address in your presentation your results to date and your future directions for the project.

Does the research or creative project have to be one that I completed here at UT Arlington?

Increasingly, UT Arlington students are completing projects in collaboration with public and private agencies here and abroad. However, each studentís abstract must be sponsored by a faculty mentor employed by UT Arlington.

What if I had a lot of help on the project? Could I list others as co-authors?

Yes, you may. However, faculty mentors should be listed on the space provided on the abstract form. The first author listed is the one responsible for the following: preparation of the abstract, all correspondence with the Organizing Committee, and presentation of the work on ACES day. If an award is made, the first author will receive it.

Are there any special events taking place at ACES this year?

Yes! Please check the ACES website for pre-ACES workshops and events and for information regarding this yearís keynote speaker.

Is there something I could do to help with ACES this year?

Certainly! More information about volunteering for ACES will be available when the site is revised in January 2008 for ACES 2008. Please check back then.

Is there a workshop that I can attend to improve my presentation?

Yes, there is. There are sessions tailored for ACES presenters but are open to the public.

Elements of Effective Poster Presentations
by Dr. Raymond Jackson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
100 Nedderman Hall
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Oral Presentations
by Dr. David Silva, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Professor of Linguistics
100 Nedderman Hall
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
3 - 4 pm

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