2018 Research Certification cohort

Graduate College Research Certification

Research Certification 2019-2020 Cohort

The Graduate College Research Certification (GCRC) is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate and select undergraduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to initiate, conduct, and successfully conclude research projects. Once accepted into the program, participants must be actively working on a research/creative/scholarly activity. Students must also complete a minimum of 6 approved campus workshops, attend all mandatory cohort meetings, present their research/creative/scholarly activity, and then complete their culminating experience which is a research portfolio. There are three components to the research portfolio: 1.) scholarly research statement; 2.) self-reflection of the research/creative/scholarly activity during the program duration; and 3.) Individualized Development Plan (IDP). The GCRC workshops are designed to foster intellectual discussion of ethical issues in conducting research, as well as to provide insight and training on best research practices. The GCRC is a collaborative effort between the Office of Research Integrity, UNLV Libraries, UNLV Writing Center, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Professional Development Committee of the Graduate Council, GPSA, and the Graduate College.

This is a medallion-qualifying program for UNLV graduate & professional students. For additional information, please see the Graduate College Medallion Program website.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 GCRC Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate Students

In order to participate in the program, graduate students must:

  • have completed at least one semester of graduate studies at UNLV by program start date.
  • currently be enrolled.
  • be in good academic standing in a graduate degree program.

Undergraduate Students

In order to participate in the program, undergraduate students must:

  • be in good standing in the UNLV Honors College and/or UNLV Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Programs and/or be graduates of the UNLV Graduate College Grad Rebel Advantage Program
  • have completed a minimum of 90 credits with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • currently be enrolled.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will begin accepting applications the week before the spring semester begins. There is no application fee. The application package consists of:

  • The GCRC Application for Admission
  • Statement of Intent, which addresses the following question: Why do you believe that gaining skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective researcher will help you obtain your professional and career goals? One page minimum.
  • CV/resume

The completed application packet is due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. It must be submitted to the Graduate College Welcome Center (GTW 200). Once applications have been reviewed and approved, accepted GCRC applicants will receive an email confirmation of admission to the GCRC via their Rebelmail account.

Program Requirements

All program requirements need to be completed in full by the student in order to complete the program, receive a certificate of completion, and have the GCRC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.

  • Once accepted into the program, participants must be actively working on a research/creative/scholarly activity throughout program duration.
  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a meeting at the end of the academic year.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 6 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms.
  • Undergraduate students in the GCRC program must submit to and present their research/creative/scholarly activity at either a university-level research forum or a professional conference.
  • Graduate students in the GCRC program must present their research/creative/scholarly activity in the Rebel Grad Slam.
  • GCRC students must complete all components of the research portfolio, which include:
    • Scholarly Research Statement
    • Individual Development Plan (first draft will be due during the fall semester)
    • Self-reflection of the research/creative/scholarly activity during the program duration
  • Students must submit the GCRC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester in order to receive credit for workshops attended during the respective semester. For the fall semester, the form should be submitted by study week. For the spring semester, the form should be submitted by the final cohort meeting when the research portfolios are presented. This form must be submitted even if no workshops were completed during the semester.
  • Students must submit the GCRC Completion Form and the GCRC Workshop Attendance Form as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented.
  • Finally, GCRC students must submit their research portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). They will provide feedback on another program participant’s portfolio. In addition, they will also receive written feedback from a program participant as well as general feedback from a Graduate College Faculty Fellow.
    • Portfolios need to be submitted by: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    • Written evaluation of another program participant needs to be submitted at the final meeting

Research Presentation Requirements

Undergraduate students in the GCRC program must submit to and present their research/creative/scholarly activity at either a university-level research forum or a professional conference. Graduate students in the GCRC program must submit to and present their research/creative/scholarly activity at the Rebel Grad Slam.

University-Level Research Forums

Undergraduate GCRC students in the McNair program may opt to present at the McNair Scholars Forum. All undergraduate student participants may also choose to present at the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Rebel Grad Slam

Graduate students in the GCRC must present their research/creative/scholarly activity at the Rebel Grad Slam. If they cannot present at this venue, then they may fulfill the research presentation requirement by presenting at a professional conference (please see below for additional information). However, they need to receive prior approval from the program manager.

Professional Conference

If graduate students cannot participate in the Rebel Grad Slam, then with permission, the students may present their research/creative/scholarly activity at a professional conference in their field in order to fulfill the presentation requirement. In order to obtain permission, please email gradrebel@unlv.edu.

Undergraduate students who cannot participate at a university-level research forum can, with permission, present their research/creative/scholarly activity at a professional conference in their field in order to fulfill the presentation requirement. In order to obtain permission, please email gradrebel@unlv.edu.

Program participants must submit a copy of the conference acceptance letter and a copy of the conference program showing their name and presentation, along with a signed GCRC Completion Form, to the Graduate College by the time the research portfolios are presented at the end of the spring semester.

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GCRC.
  • Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort.
  • All cohort meetings are mandatory.
  • If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GCRC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.

Workshop Policies

  • These workshops are free.
  • No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCRC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GCRC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GCRC workshops that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GCRC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
  • GCRC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. If you miss a cohort meeting, without prior permission, you may be removed from the program.

Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2019-2020 GCRC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., SU 211
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, December 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., GTW 268
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., GTW 268
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m., GTW 268

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College Research Certification. You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. A full list of the workshops offered this semester can be found on the Graduate College Student Workshop Calendar.

GCRC Events

Event Title Date Time Location
Workshop: Citation Manager Showdown Friday, September 6, 2019 2:30pm
Amargosa Room
Rebel Grad Slam Workshop Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:00am
Room 2141 (Graduate Commons)
Lightning Presentation Workshop Friday, September 13, 2019 1:00pm
Room 2141 (Graduate Commons)
Graduate Writing Workshops Friday, September 20, 2019 10:00am
Room 207
IRB Workshop Friday, September 20, 2019 1:00pm
Graduate Commons (LLB 2141)
Engaging Policymakers & Establishing Dialogue Around Research Workshop Monday, September 23, 2019 4:00pm
Room 208A
Workshop: Starting from Square One Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00pm
Graduate Commons Conference Room
Identifying External Funding Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:30pm
Eureka Room
Active Reading: How to Effectively Interrogate Text Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:00pm
Amargosa Room
Responding to Reviewer Comments Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:30pm
Graduate Commons
Writing for Publication: Part 1 Tuesday, October 29, 2019 12:00pm
Amargosa
Graduate Writing Workshops: Writing Abstracts & others Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00am
Room 207
Finding Local Data Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:30pm
Eureka Room
Graduate Writing Workshop: Writing for Publications Friday, November 15, 2019 10:00am
207
ResearchGate, Authors' Rights, and You Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00am
Pioche Room

Individual Development Plan

For both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, an Individual Development Plan (IDP):

  • Promotes self-reflection
  • Assesses current strengths, skills, and interests
  • Helps you to plan for skills that you would like to develop in order to meet both academic and professional goals
  • Serves as an important communication tool between you and your advisors and mentors regarding your career goals and skills you possess and would like to learn

IDPs are a living document that you should revisit periodically to update and refine as your goals shift, and to record accomplishments and progress.

Academic and professional organizations around the country are beginning to use IDPs for both student training and career development. For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now requires them as part of their annual reports for funded postdocs and graduate students.

Assignment

The first draft of the IDP is due Monday, December 2, 2019. Please complete the Skills Assessment Guide first, followed by the Goal Development Guide. Once you have completed these two documents, please meet with your primary advisor/mentor to review the IDP and revise as needed. Both you and the primary advisor/mentor need to sign each of the documents. Please submit them as a single PDF via email to gradrebel@unlv.edu.

During the spring semester, you will revise the documents as needed and submit an updated version to us as part of your research portfolios (due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020).

Resources

Program Forms

Resources for the Research Process

Past Cohorts

Participating in Multiple Programs

Students are allowed to participate in multiple programs each academic year. However, the requirements for each program must be completed in full. We will allow one workshop to overlap for multiple programs if: 1.) there is justification that the workshop makes sense for multiple programs; and 2.) the student has asked the program manager in advance.