Graduate College Research Certification

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. 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 Responsible Conduct of Research Training sponsored by 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.

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 GCRC Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate Students

Graduate students must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at UNLV and currently be enrolled and in good academic standing in a graduate degree program to be eligible to participate in the program.

Undergraduate Students

Any UNLV student who is a recognized member in good standing in the UNLV Honors College and/or the UNLV Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Programs, and has completed a minimum of 90 credits with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, is eligible to participate in the GCRC. In addition, Grad Rebel Gateway Program participants are also eligible to participate in the GCRC and must follow Grad Rebel Gateway Program requirements.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. There is no application fee. The application package consists of:

The completed application packet is due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. It must be submitted to the front office of the Graduate College (FDH #352). 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

  • 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; (2) a meeting at the end of Fall semester; and (3) 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. These workshops are free. GCRC students may only get credit for GCRC workshops by registering for them, signing-in when they attend, and submitting the GCRC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester. Please note that participants may not just show up to a workshop, participate, and then get credit for the GCRC. Workshops typically change each semester. Examples of the types of GCRC sessions offered include:
    • RefWorks Workshop
    • Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism
    • Organizing a Writing Circle
    • General Ethical Responsibilities in Research
    • Mentor/ Training Responsibilities
    • Tips and Tricks to Successfully Write and Publish a Journal Article
  • Undergraduate students in the GCRC program must also 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 or a professional conference.
  • Finally, GCRC students must submit and present their research portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/early May). The portfolio will be comprised of two pieces: a scholarly Research Statement and a statement about their research/creative/scholarly activity experiences. The latter statement will include: a brief overview of the research/creative/scholarly activity; how the research/creative/scholarly activity improved over the year; and how the research/creative/scholarly activity benefited the GCRC student for both their student and professional goals.

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 either the Rebel Grad Slam or a professional conference.

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 are encouraged to 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).

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 this culminating experience 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 this culminating experience 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.
  • Once admitted, GCRC students will need to successfully complete 6 GCRC workshops within one year (program duration). No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCRC may be counted toward the program.
  • Students may only get credit for GCRC courses that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the GCRC. 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. They are also free.
  • 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 end of the semester meeting when the research portfolios are presented.
  • The research portfolio must be submitted by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
  • All GCRC participants must attend the final cohort meeting to present their research portfolios.
  • Students must submit the GCRC Completion Form, the GCRC Workshop Attendance Form, and proof of conference attendance (see the tab Research Presentation Requirements) as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented in order to complete the program, receive their certificate of completion, and have the GCRC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.
  • 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.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2018-2019 GCRC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, December 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.

Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule

You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance.

Program Forms

Resources for the Research Process