The research and initiatives developed at UT institutions are life-changing and world-altering for all of humanity. That's why we truly are the Universe of Texas.

Please come early and join us for pre-symposium education opportunities.

Discovery Sessions

2:00 p.m.

You may choose to attend one of the following sessions. Shuttle busses will depart the Erwin Center at 1:30 p.m. to take you to your session.

Character Counts

At The University of Texas at Austin, those who don the Longhorn uniform must also be of sound character. In this session, learn more about the character-building program that has garnered national attention.

Charlie Strong
Head Coach-Football


Safety, Seriously

UT institutions are responsible for protecting more than 300,000 students, patients, faculty, staff and visitors. Join UT’s chief protectors as they discuss how they keep campuses safe, even when they’re halfway across the world.

The University of Texas System Police


______ has requested to follow you

Someone has asked to follow you on social media. Is that a good thing? This UT Dallas alum will help you understand the ever-changing world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. No matter your age, you can engage in social media.

Sam Stanton
Chief Experience Officer at


The Annual Meeting & Symposium

3:30 p.m.

After a State of the System address from Chancellor McRaven, you will hear from the doctors, scientists and researchers from UT institutions across the state that are making a global impact through their work. 

Turning the Tables on Cancer

Ron DePinho, M.D.
James Allison, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Immunology
Ernest Hawk, M.D.
Division Head for Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences

Learn how doctors and researchers at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center are launching a multi-pronged attack on cancer that includes helping to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

Outsmarting an Outbreak

David Callender, M.D.
President, UT Medical Branch
David Lakey, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Population Health, UT Health Northeast
Thomas Geisbert, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, UT Medical Branch

Meet some of the brave and brilliant scientists and doctors who are combatting the spread of dangerous and deadly infectious diseases.

Building a Global Firewall


Greg White, Ph.D
Director, Center for Infrastructure Assurance
& Security, UT San Antonio
Bhavani Thuraisingham, Ph.D
Executive Director, Cyber Security Research & Education Institute, UT Dallas
Ann Quiroz Gates, Ph.D.
Director, Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence,
UT El Paso
Suzanne Barber, Ph.D
Director, Center for Identity, UT Austin

Learn about the top cyber security programs at UT institutions that are grooming future cyber warriors to protect our identity, our bank accounts and our nation.

Chancellor's Council Reception

5:30 p.m.


All parking will be at Erwin Center and shuttles will be provided to off site venues.