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Graduate Research Certification

The Graduate Research Certification (GRC) is a year-long professional development program that provides graduate, professional, and select undergraduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to initiate, conduct, and successfully conclude research projects. Students will strengthen their skills by attending workshops that foster intellectual discussion of ethical issues in conducting research and best research practices, presenting their research/creative/scholarly activity, completing a culminating experience, and more. The GRC 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate Students

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

  • 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 accept applications between March 5 and July 15. There is no application fee.

Graduate Student Application Process

The 2022-2023 Online Graduate Research Certification Application can be found on The Grad Rebel Gateway. Please log in to the Grad Rebel Gateway and click on The Grad Academy tab to apply.

Please be prepared to provide the following information when completing your Graduate Research Certification Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address 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? Please limit the response to a single page.
  • Endorser Name
    • You will identify the name and email address of a faculty member. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in the program.

Undergraduate Student Application Process

The 2022-2023 Online Graduate Research Certification Application can be found online. The application cannot be saved and must be completed and submitted in one sitting.

Please be prepared to provide the following information when completing your Graduate Research Certification Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address 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? Please limit the response to a single page.
  • Endorser Name
    • You will identify the name and email address of a faculty member. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in the program.

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 GRC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.

  • Program requirements will be submitted through the Graduate Research Certification WebCampus Course. Participants will be added to the course in August.
  • 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 Cohort Meeting in August; (2) a Mid Cohort Meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) and, a Final Cohort Meeting at the end of the academic year. Please note that students will be put on program probation after one cohort meeting absence and the second absence may lead to program separation.
  • Students must watch 1 mandatory GRC workshop and submit a one-page (single or double spaced) summary.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 5 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms.
  • Undergraduate students in the GRC 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 GRC program must present their research/creative/scholarly activity in the Rebel Grad Slam.
  • GRC students must complete all components of the research portfolio, which include:
    • Scholarly Research Statement
    • Strengths Assessment Self-Reflection (additional information below)
    • Self-reflection of the research/creative/scholarly activity during the program duration
  • Finally, GRC 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). GRC Participants will receive general feedback from a faculty member. 

Research Presentation Requirements

Undergraduate students in the GRC 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 GRC program must submit to and present their research/creative/scholarly activity at the Rebel Grad Slam.

University-Level Research Forums

Undergraduate GRC 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 GRC 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 gradacademy@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 gradacademy@unlv.edu

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GRC.
  • 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 GRC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.
  • Please note that students may only participate in 2 of the following Graduate College programs during the academic year:
    • Post-Graduate Career Pathways
    • Teaching Certification
    • Research Certification
    • Mentorship Certification/Rebel Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)

Workshop Policies

  • These workshops are free.
  • No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GRC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GRC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GRC 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, GRC 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.
  • GRC 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 2022-2023 GRC cohort:

  • Introductory Cohort Meeting: Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Mid Cohort Meeting: Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • The Grad Academy: Welcome Social & Mixer, Friday, September 30, 2022, 10-3 p.m., University Gateway Building, Room 268 (Optional but Highly Recommended)
    • Join us to meet your fellow Grad Academy participants; learn about the spaces available to you as graduate students; ask program questions; and, grab a bite and win swag!
  • The Grad Academy: End of Year Celebration, Tuesday, May 16, 10-3 p.m., University Gateway Building, Room 268 (Optional but Highly Recommended)
    • Join us to celebrate your accomplishments; ask program questions; learn about new Grad Academy opportunities; pick up your completion certificates; and, grab a bite and win swag!

Fall 2022 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate 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.

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Workshop Summary Options

Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered

The Graduate College will be hosting Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered for current The Grad Academy program participants. Please drop by on any of the following Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., to ask us any questions you might have or just to check your progress:

Strengths Assessment

Research shows that knowing and using your strengths:

  • Promotes self-reflection
  • Accelerates growth and development
  • Leads to higher career engagement 
Assignment

This assignment is due by Friday, December 9, 2022.

  1. Visit High5 test website and take your strengths assessment. 
  2. Save a copy of your results
  3. Write and submit a 1-2 double spaced page self-reflection
    1. Was there any part of your results that you already knew about yourself?
    2. Did you learn something new about yourself?
    3. How can knowing your strengths benefit your student and professional career?
  4. Submit your assessment results and self-reflection via WebCampus.

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.