Aggies Commit to Excellence Scholar (ACES)

The Aggies Commit to Excellence Scholar (ACES) program will fund up to 10 undergraduates from all majors to engage in high impact learning and research experiences under the mentorship of TAMUG Faculty in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The purpose of ACES is to empower all students and encourage underserved student populations to engage in research, as well as offer professional and leadership skills development to foster their interest and aptitude towards pursuing a graduate degree.

ACES students will receive a $1,000 stipend per semester and renewal from the Fall to Spring semester will depend on successful recommendation of the Faculty sponsor and demonstration of appropriate progress. Additional funds for travel to present research findings at a local or national meeting may be made available upon request (up to $500). Supported students will be required to conduct Faculty sponsored research for a minimum of 90 hours per semester, minimum 180 hours for two semesters. Recipients will be expected to present project results at the TAMUG Student Research Symposium (Spring 2017), TAMUS Student Pathways Symposium (Fall 2016) and/or other profession conference.  A maximum of one student application per Faculty member will be considered (under exceptional circumstances such as a collaborative project or a limited number of Faculty sponsors, more than one student per professor may be considered). Selection of students will be based on meeting the eligibility criteria listed below, the quality of the narrative, and letters of support from the Faculty Sponsor.

Congratulations!

2016-2017 Aggies Commit to Excellence Scholars


Jaime Albach MARB '17

Benjamin Miner MARR '17

Jesus Duran Ramirez MARB '17

Michelle Nguyen MARB '18

Aubree Jones MARB '17

Randall Teague MARB/OCRE '18

Kathryn Kunz MARB/MARF '17

Cheyanne Theis MARB/MARF '17

Ella McIntire MAST '18

Katie Westmoreland MARB '17

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior (not graduating prior to May 2017)
  • Be registered full-time
  • Have an Overall GPA > 2.8 (TAMUG)
  • Demonstrate intention to pursue graduate school (in application narrative)
  • Intend to graduate from TAMUG
  • Be available to work a minimum of 10 hours/week on the project
  • Have a Faculty sponsor

Individuals from underserved populations1 are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals already conducting research with a faculty sponsor are also encouraged to apply.

Faculty sponsor must agree to:

  • Assist the student in developing a meaningful research project
  • Provide a high impact learning experience
  • Provide laboratory space (field work is also acceptable), equipment and supplies
  • Meet with the student on a regular basis to monitor project progress
  • Assist student in all aspects of the preparation of a poster and oral presentation (i.e., including data analysis and interpretation)
  • Promote student co-authorship on resulting publication(s), as appropriate

Benefits to the student:

  • Engage in a meaningful research experience
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills
  • Gain graduate school preparation
  • Build a professional network through TAMUG Faculty sponsorship and lab groups
  • Become an ACES Peer Mentor
  • Potential for a peer reviewed publication(s)
  • Belong to a Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars and Fellows


1Underserved populations include, but are not limited to: African-Americans, Asian/Asian-Americans (including Native Hawaiians, and/or Native Pacific Islanders), Hispanic Americans, Native American/Alaska Natives, individuals with disabilities/abilities; non-traditional students; veterans; and/or individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.