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.
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.
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.
Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Research Certificate Application.
Please note that the application deadline has been extended to April 29 due to COVID-19 impacting student's ability to obtain letters of recommendation and signatures in a timely manner.
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. 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Communication Certification
- 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.
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:
- Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 1, 2020 10-11:30 a.m., GTW 268
Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2020-2021 GCRC cohort:
- Introductory Meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m. GTW 268
- End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, December 4, 2020, 2-3:30 p.m., GTW 268
- Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., GTW 268
- Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 30, 2021 10-11:30 a.m. GTW 268
Spring 2020 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 for the Research Process
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.