The Graduate Rebel Ambassadors Program

Ambassadors are highly visible members of the Graduate College team helping to build a strong graduate student Rebel community and strengthen ties between the Graduate College and alumni and community members.

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 2021-2022 Grad Rebel Ambassadors

Eligibility Requirements

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

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

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between March 5 and June 1. There is no application fee.

The 2021-2022 Online Grad Rebel Ambassadors 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 Grad Rebel Ambassadors Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address why you would like to be a Graduate Rebel Ambassador and the skills or traits you will bring to the program. 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.

Once applications have been reviewed, we will invite the strongest candidates for an interview. From here, we will select students to become our new cohort of ambassadors. If you are selected, you will be notified through your RebelMail and announced to the campus shortly thereafter. Please contact the Grad Academy at gradrebel@unlv.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Program Requirements

The primary role of the Grad Rebel Ambassadors is to serve as the official graduate student representatives for the Graduate College. As such:

  • Ambassadors will be expected to attend all mandatory meetings/ training sessions.
  • Ambassadors must attend a minimum of two events in the Fall semester.
  • Ambassadors must attend a minimum of three events in the Spring semester.
  • Participation in the Rebel Grad Slam is mandatory for all ambassadors. The only exception is if an ambassador applies to and is accepted to participate in the Graduate Showcase (although we still encourage you to participate in the Rebel Grad Slam).
  • Program requirements will be submitted through the Grad Rebel Ambassadors Program Canvas Course. Participants will be added to the course in August

Program Benefits

This program allows you to be an active member in building a strong graduate community at UNLV. It will also help with professional development, including strengthening leadership, communication, and networking skills. The program enables ambassadors to be engaged with local community members, and to be advocates on behalf of graduate education. In addition, Graduate Rebel Ambassadors who successfully fulfill their required responsibilities will be awarded a $500 program scholarship at the end of each term.

Please note: You must have a current FAFSA form or the Alternative Need Determination Form on file. If you owe money for current or prior terms, the award funds will be applied towards that balance. Disbursement of the access grant can take between 4-6 weeks after we have confirmed completion of program requirements.

Program Policies

Once admitted, all participants will need to complete all of the requirements. If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the program, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean. Please be familiar with UNLV's Student Conduct policies.

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 2021-2022 Grad Rebel Ambassadors:

  • Introductory Meeting: Friday, August 27, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Friday, January 21, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 22, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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:

Past Cohorts

Hear from Past Participants

  • As Bryant McGill said, "We love most those who we serve most." "I love UNLV more now and feel more invested after having served as an ambassador. I would not have thought to be a donating alumni to the graduate college before this experience but I plan to do so now.  I hope to also continue attending events on my own as an alumni."
  • "Grad Rebel Ambassadors allowed me to feel pride in my university and the Graduate College, to meet new people in other colleges and make friends, and to experience first-hand all the amazing things the students at UNLV do."
  • "The Grad Rebel Ambassadors Program has pulled me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to the larger UNLV community that I would not have taken the chance to interact with had I not join this passionate group of individuals." 
  • "For me, being a graduate student ambassador has been an enriching part of my overall UNLV experience. I've enjoyed getting to know so many other graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators and has been a great way to feel involved and contribute something to this exciting place."