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Grad Rebel Advantage Program

The Grad Rebel Advantage program provides annual cohorts of UNLV undergraduate students with mentorship, workshops, and professional development opportunities designed to build their base of knowledge about educational options after the bachelor’s degree and prepare them for graduate study. The program has selected 100 students to participate in the inaugural cohort in academic year 2018-2019, and 100 undergraduates per year after that. Each Grad Rebel Advantage participant will be expected to participate in a number of workshops and activities throughout the year, and they will each receive a $600 scholarship to help pay for the time that they spend in the program and reward their full participation. The Grad Rebel Advantage Program will help prepare UNLV undergraduate student participants for graduate studies, whether at UNLV or elsewhere.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Grad Rebel Advantage Program Cohort

Program Benefits

  • Special workshops, events, activities, and mentorship to prepare undergraduates for possible future graduate study
  • The opportunity to enroll in graduate-level courses (for students with at least a 3.00 GPA) either for undergraduate credit or to hold for future graduate credit
  • The opportunity to complete the Graduate College Research Certification after you have fulfilled all Grad Rebel Advantage Program requirements
  • $600 Grad Rebel Advantage scholarship for participants who fulfill all program requirements. ($300 will be dispersed after the Fall semester to all participants that complete the first half of the year-long program requirements; if Fall semester requirements are not met, students can continue in the program for Spring, but, then would only be eligible for the $300 in Spring.) 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 funds will be applied towards that balance. Disbursement of the scholarship can take between 4-6 weeks once we have confirmed program requirements for all participants have been met.
  • Honor cord that may be worn at commencement to signify status as a Grad Rebel Advantage program graduate
  • Grad Rebel Completion Certificate
  • A Grad Rebel Advantage T-shirt
  • Opening and closing events with meals
  • Gain valuable skills associated with mentorship

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to current UNLV undergraduate students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credits per semester) during their Grad Rebel Advantage year
  • Are in good standing with the University
  • Have completed 60 or more credit hours at the time that they apply to the program
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Have a faculty member or academic advisor complete the bottom section of the Grad Rebel Advantage application prior to submission 
    • Applications can either be submitted by the student or by the faculty that endorses the application 
    • Please note that a Letter of Recommendation is not required

Admissions

Acceptance in the Grad Rebel Advantage Program is competitive. Complete applications, including a faculty/advisor endorsement, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at GradRebelAdvantage@unlv.edu by Friday, April 30, 2021. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Grad Rebel Advantage Application.

Athletes' Grad Rebel Advantage

Are you an undergraduate student athlete considering grad school? Learn more about the Athletes' Grad Rebel Advantage program.

For more information, please email GradRebelAdvantage@unlv.edu.

Veterans' Grad Rebel Advantage

Are you an undergraduate student veteran considering grad school? Learn more about the Veterans' Grad Rebel Advantage program.

For more information, please email GradRebelAdvantage@unlv.edu.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 overall GPA throughout participation in the program. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program.

Students will have two semesters to complete the following program requirements:

  • Attend the four (4) mandatory cohort group mentorship sessions:
    • Attend the mandatory Grad Rebel Advantage kick-off event (September 4th, 2020; 9:00-11:30am)
    • Attend the mandatory Grad Rebel Advantage commencement event (April 30th, 2021; 9:00-10:30am)
    • Fall Cohort Meeting
    • Spring Cohort Meeting (3-Minute Presentation)
  • Attend two of the four mandatory workshops (Note: *if you attend more than two, you can use them toward your 5 required elective workshops):
    • Grad School 101: Everything you need to know about academic options after your bachelor's degree
    • Undergraduate to Graduate Workshop
    • Choosing and Being Chosen: How to Select a Graduate Program & Get Them to Select You (Only Available Fall Semester)
    • Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Active Reading Workshop
  • Attend a minimum of 5 elective workshops for the program duration - these workshops are in addition to the 2 mandatory ones. The workshops below fulfill the requirements for the Grad Rebel Advantage Program. Please note, you must attend a minimum of 2 each semester (but you are required to complete at least 5). Failure to complete this minimum will make you ineligible to receive the Grad Rebel Advantage scholarship.
    • Fall Workshop Schedule will be available in early August.
    • Academic Success Center: Make an appointment to meet with a coach to help identify your needs or to work one-on-one with a success coach.
      This appointment would count as one workshop. In order to receive credit for this option please have the success coach email Gradrebeladvantage@unlv.edu
  • Attend one (1) major campus research event
  • Attend one (1) campus cultural event
  • Attend 3 Mandatory Campus Appointments

Note that requirements used to fulfill one category may not be used toward another.

Disclaimer: While new requirements will not be added, the names of some of the workshops, events, and other offerings may change and a schedule will be posted by early August.

Spring 2021 Elective Workshop Schedule

The workshops and events below will help fulfill the requirements for the Grad Rebel Advantage Program. You must RSVP for all workshops/events at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop/event below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. To determine which requirement the workshop/event fulfills, please click on it. The description will include this information.

The Spring 2021 Event & Workshop Schedule will be available in late January.

Event Title Date Time Location
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Monday, January 25, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
What is Research? Understanding the Research Cycle Monday, January 25, 2021 1:00pm
Online Webinar
MBA Information Session and Application Workshop Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
How to Write Abstracts and Annotations Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
How to Navigate the Digital Information Landscape Monday, February 1, 2021 1:00pm
Online Webinar
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
A Guide to Research and Documentation Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
All Things Lab Safety Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:00am
Online Webinar
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Thursday, February 4, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Taking the Side Roads: How to Adapt to Virtual Times Monday, February 8, 2021 2:30pm
Virtual
Taking the Side Roads: How to Adapt to Virtual Times Tuesday, February 9, 2021 11:30am
Virtual
How to Write a Research Literature Review Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:00am
Online Webinar
Introduction to Research Data Lifecycle Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
Avoid Running Out of Gas: How to Take Care of Yourself Tuesday, February 16, 2021 11:30am
Virtual
Nuts & Bolts of Internal Funds: CAEO Programs and Resources Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:00pm
Online Webinar
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
MBA Information Session and Application Workshop Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:00pm
Online Meeting
Avoid Running Out of Gas: How to Take Care of Yourself Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:00pm
Virtual
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Monday, February 22, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
Undergraduate Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Monday, March 8, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Strong Letter of Recommendation Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
Dual Degree MBA/HOA Information Session Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences and Publications Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:00am
Online Webinar
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
Data Visualization Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:00pm
Online
MBA Information Session and Application Workshop Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Best Practices for Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationships Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:00am
Online Webinar
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Monday, March 29, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
Watch Out for Roadblocks: How to Find Motivation & Avoid Procrastination Monday, March 29, 2021 2:30pm
Virtual
Watch Out for Roadblocks: How to Find Motivation & Avoid Procrastination Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:00pm
Virtual
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:00pm
Online Meeting
Ask for Directions: How to Communicate Effectively Monday, April 5, 2021 2:30pm
Virtual- Webex Events (See Admission Information Below)
Ask for Directions: How to Communicate Effectively Tuesday, April 6, 2021 11:30am
Virtual
Graduate School: What You Should Know in Your Junior Year Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:00pm
Online
Grad School 101 & Paying for Grad School Tuesday, April 6, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Ask for Directions: How to Communicate Effectively Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00pm
Virtual
How to Effectively Create Posters Thursday, April 8, 2021 2:30pm
Online Webinar
UNLV Graduate School Applications 201 Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:00pm
Online Meeting
Fuel Up: Revisiting Goals & Taking Care of Yourself Monday, April 12, 2021 2:30pm
Virtual
Fuel Up: Revisiting Goals & Taking Care of Yourself Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:30am
Virtual
Fuel Up: Revisiting Goals & Taking Care of Yourself Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00pm
Virtual

Summary Options

Please remember in order to receive credit you must write a one-page summary & submit it via Canvas. 

Mandatory Workshops: 

Elective Workshops: 

Research Events: 

Cultural Events: 

Event & Mandatory Workshop Schedule

Mandatory Workshops

Cultural Events

Research Events

Workshop and Event Policies

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

Additional Forms

Program Feedback Surveys & Assessments

All program feedback surveys and assessments must be completed and will be available on your Grad Rebel Advantage Canvas course.

Please check out this Grad Rebel Advantage Spring Checklist to help you keep track of your progress.

For any questions or concerns, please email gradrebeladvantage@unlv.edu.

Grad Rebel Advantage Mentors

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed at least one year of graduate studies at UNLV by program start date
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 graduate credits while serving as a mentor in both fall and spring semesters
  • Be in good academic standing in a graduate degree program

Application

  • Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at gradrebel@unlv.edu by Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Grad Rebel Advantage Mentor Application.

Program Requirements

  • Attend & participate in the Grad Rebel Advantage Program kick-off; Sept. 4, 2020, 9-11:30am via Webex. 
  • Attend the Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement Event at the end of the spring semester; April 30, 2021, 9-11:00am.
  • Advise a cohort of 8-15 undergraduate students accepted to the program (send students emails regarding graduate education & the program, answer their questions, etc.)
  • Host one cohort meeting in the fall semester & one in the spring semester with the undergraduate students

Program Scholarship

Graduate student mentors will each receive a $150 program scholarship each semester (pending funding approval). 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 program scholarship will be applied towards that balance. Disbursement of the program scholarship can take between 4-6 weeks after the Graduate College Student Services Team has confirmed that you have completed program requirements for the semester.

3-Minute Presentation Winners

2019-2020

  • Corey Johnson
  • Davenia Boothe
  • Haven Neiman
  • Judith Fuentes Retolaza
  • Lidia Wossen
  • Aaron Cheng
  • Allison Crawford
  • Drewmel Darby
  • Sharon Williams
  • Emily Gelbart
  • Zantana Ephrem
  • Alvaro Cabonero
  • Nicholas Tower
  • Bibiana Lopez

2018-2019

  • Fatima Azari
  • Rose Adkins
  • Richard Van
  • Marlena Gatlin
  • Guadalupe Ortiz
  • Serrina Nasrollahi
  • Selena Sanchez-Giancola
  • Anna-Lena Vigil
  • Ingrid Zarate
  • Mayra Arzate
  • Caroline Farah
  • Sarah Flood
  • Phillip Edwards

Program Co-Sponsors and Partners

This program is a collaborative effort between the Graduate College and a number of campus co-sponsors and partners. Co-sponsors include: Academic Advising, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Student Engagement & Diversity. Partners include: Office of Undergraduate Research, Academic Success Center, Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach, Graduate & Professional Student Association, The Intersection, University Libraries, UNLV Writing Center, and Career Services.

Camisha Fagan and other participants of the 2018-19 Grad Rebel Advantage Program

"For me, the application process for graduate school was exhausting, and imposter syndrome hit me at every turn. But it's also a growing process. I learned that I have to be my #1 fan at the end of the day. It also helped to stay connected to loved ones and friends (if you're able to) as they help keep you grounded throughout the process. It's a lot of work: mentally, emotionally, financially. Make sure to exhaust all resources available on campus. The Grad Rebel Advantage program was one resource that helped tremendously. This process isn't easy, but it will be worth it in the end."

Camisha Fagan, 2018-19 Grad Rebel Advantage participant