Grad Rebel Advantage 2022

Grad Rebel Advantage Program

The yearlong Grad Rebel Advantage program demystifies graduate school at UNLV or elsewhere, guiding UNLV undergraduate students in deciding if graduate school is right for them, helping them be more competitive applicants for their dream program, and preparing them to be successful in graduate school. The program offers workshops and professional development opportunities as well as mentorship, often provided in specialty pods that cluster students with similar experiences or interests and pair them with mentors who share their experiences or interests. 

“This program was so helpful toward getting into graduate school. I tell EVERYONE I know about this program, especially first-generation students. I would not be where I am without the Grad Rebel Advantage program.” 

-Ayla Gelsinger, 2020-21 Grad Rebel Advantage participant

Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement

  • 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
  • $100 Grad Rebel Advantage scholarship for participants who fulfill all program requirements. ($100 will be dispersed after the Spring semester to all participants that complete the program). Please note: You must have a current FAFSA form or the Alternate 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

This program is open to current UNLV undergraduate students who:

  • Are currently enrolled 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 begin 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

This program is open to current UNLV graduate students who:

  • 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

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between May 6 and September 15, 2024. There is no application fee.

Interested students should complete the 2024-2025 Online Grad Rebel Advantage Mentee Application (link to be provided on May 6). The application cannot be saved and must be completed and submitted in one sitting.

Please be prepared to provide a brief statement of interest when completing your Grad Rebel Advantage Mentee Application that covers why you are interested in the program and highlights your current grad school and career goals.

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between May 6 and September 15, 2024. There is no application fee.

The 2024-2025 Online Grad Rebel Advantage Mentor Application will be available through 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 submit a Letter of Interest when completing your Grad Rebel Advantage Mentor Application. The Letter of Interest should address the following statement: Describe why you are interested in serving as an Advantage Mentor. Please limit the response to a single page.

Students will have two semesters to complete the following program requirements. The typical time commitment per semester is 10 hours. Program requirements will be submitted through the Grad Rebel Advantage WebCampus Course. Participants will be added to the course in August.

  • Attend the four (4) Mandatory Cohort Group Mentorship Sessions:
    • Grad Rebel Advantage Kick-off (Thursday, September 21, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Zoom)
    • Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement (Monday, April 29, 9 - 10:30 a.m., SU Ballroom)
    • Fall Cohort Meeting (Date set by Mentor)
    • Spring Cohort Meeting (Date set by Mentor)
  • Attend one (1) Mandatory Workshop each semester (2 total; Mandatory workshops will be available for viewing via WebCampus):
    • Everything You Need to Know About Academic Options After Your Bachelor's Degree
    • Strategies for Graduate Success: Applying to and Thriving in Grad School
    • 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 two (2) Elective Workshops each semester (4 total): 
    • Visit the Elective Workshop Schedule Tab for semester options OR
    • 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 will count as 1 Elective Workshop.)
  • Attend one (1) Major Campus Research Experience
  • Attend one (1) Campus Cultural Experience
  • Attend three (3) Mandatory Campus Appointments:
    • Appointment with an Academic Advisor (discuss program completion)
    • Appointment with the UNLV Writing Center (work on a writing piece, writing sample, publication, etc.)
    • Appointment with one of the following units: Office of Undergraduate Research (discuss how to get involved with research on campus); Graduate College Recruitment & Admissions Team (discuss prospective grad programs and application requirements); Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine Admissions Team (discuss medical school application requirements); Boyd School of Law Admissions Team (discuss law school application requirements)
  • Complete all program assessments (surveys/feedback forms)

Please note:

  • 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.
  • Requirements used to fulfill one category may not be used toward another.
  • Students graduating during the fall semester must email gradrebeladvantage@unlv.edu to obtain approval to complete the program in one semester.

Program Requirements

  • Attend & participate in the Grad Rebel Advantage Program kick-off
  • Attend the Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement Event at the end of the spring semester
  • 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
  • Complete all program assessments (surveys/feedback forms)

Attend 2 Mandatory Mentor Meetings:

  • Monday, September 18, 2023, 4-5:00 p.m., via Zoom
  • Friday, January 5, 2024, 4-5:00 p.m., via Zoom

Program Scholarship

Graduate student mentors will each receive a $250 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.

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.

Event Title Date Time Location
Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Information Session Thursday, January 25, 2024 3:00pm
In-Person at the Shadow Lane Campus or Virtually via Zoom
Career Assessments & BluePrint 2.0 Friday, January 26, 2024 12:00pm
219 - Student Union (SU) & Zoom
Success Series: Starting the Semester Strong & Exploring Campus Resources Tuesday, January 30, 2024 1:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
Masters Degree in Communication Studies Information Session Tuesday, January 30, 2024 2:00pm
Virtual
Leadership 101 Tuesday, January 30, 2024 2:00pm
205
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV: Admissions Information Session Tuesday, January 30, 2024 5:30pm
Online
Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback Wednesday, January 31, 2024 9:00am
Webinar
Big Data & Sustainability: Research and Community Impact Wednesday, January 31, 2024 12:00pm
Virtual
Self Care 101 Friday, February 2, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual
The Do's and Don'ts of Getting a Job Monday, February 5, 2024 3:00pm
Room 2204
Crafting Your Professional Profile: Tailoring for Success Friday, February 9, 2024 12:00pm
Room 207 and virtually via Zoom
Virtual: MBA Program Overview Monday, February 12, 2024 5:30pm
Online
Chasing Dreams: Part 1, Setting Goals Thursday, February 15, 2024 11:00am
Graduate College, Second Floor
Gather Rooms 268 and 269
Virtual: Healthcare Administration and Public Health Information Session Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:30pm
Online
Success Series: Test Taking Strategies Tuesday, February 20, 2024 2:00pm
Arbitrating Sports, Politics & Human Rights: Who Decides? Thursday, February 22, 2024 5:30pm
Financial Strategies for College Friday, February 23, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual
Educational Policy and Leadership M.Ed. Program: Virtual Information Session Monday, February 26, 2024 4:30pm
Virtual Event via Zoom
Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) Recruitment Mixer Monday, February 26, 2024 5:30pm
HOS 434
Chasing Dreams: Part 2, Action Plans Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:00am
Graduate College, Second Floor, Gather Rooms 268 and 269
Success Series: Communication Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:00am
Virtual
Success Series: Discovering Me + Self Care Tuesday, March 5, 2024 12:00pm
Virtual
How to Make Bad Plots Tuesday, March 5, 2024 12:00pm
Graduate College, 2nd Floor, Gather Room 269
Stress Management Tuesday, March 5, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual
4 Ways to Manage Your Health - Ways to Get Physically Active Wednesday, March 6, 2024 10:00am
208C
The Importance of Gender Pronouns Thursday, March 7, 2024 12:00pm
Hybrid Workshop:
Student Union Room 208
Virtual
Educational Policy and Leadership M.Ed. Program: Virtual Information Session Monday, March 25, 2024 4:30pm
Virtual Event via Zoom

Mandatory Workshops

Event Title Date Time Location
OUR: Research Literacy: Active Reading: How to Effectively Interrogate Text Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
Everything You Need to Know About Academic Options After Your Bachelor’s Degree Thursday, September 28, 2023 11:00am
Virtual
Grad School Prep: Overview of the Graduate School Application Process Tuesday, October 31, 2023 3:00pm
Virtual
Choosing and Being Chosen: How to Select a Graduate Program & Get Them to Select You Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:00pm
Virtual
Strategies for Graduate Success: Applying to and Thriving in Grad School Tuesday, February 6, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual
Grad School Prep Series: Mastering the Grad School Interview Process Workshop Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:00pm
Virtual
Grad School Prep Series: Crafting your Letter of Intent Thursday, March 7, 2024 3:00pm
In person at the University Gateway Building
(Second Floor, Gather Rooms) and Virtual via Zoom
The Grad School Roadmap: Acceptance to Graduation Tuesday, March 26, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual

Campus Research Experiences

Event Title Date Time Location
OUR: Research Literacy: Active Reading: How to Effectively Interrogate Text Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
OUR: Research With Human Subjects and the IRB Process Tuesday, October 3, 2023 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: All Things Lab Safety Wednesday, October 4, 2023 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: What is Your Story? Inspiring Undergraduate Researchers Thursday, October 12, 2023 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Harnessing the Power of Chat GPT Ethically Wednesday, October 18, 2023 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium Info Session Monday, November 6, 2023 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Letter of Recommendation Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Undergraduate Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:00pm
Virtual
Rebel Grad Slam: 3-Minute Thesis Competition - Semi-Final Rounds Thursday, November 30, 2023 9:00am
Philip J. Cohen Theatre
Rebel Grad Slam: 3-Minute Thesis Competition - Finals Round and Reception Friday, December 1, 2023 4:00pm
Auditorium and Lobby/Courtyard
Webinar: Collaborative Research: A Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada Case Study Monday, January 22, 2024 3:30pm
Online
OUR: What is Research? Understanding the Research Process Monday, February 12, 2024 2:30pm
Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom
OUR: What is Your Story? Inspiring Undergraduate Researcher Testimonials Tuesday, February 13, 2024 1:00pm
Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom
Success Series: Study Skills, Note-taking, and Reading Strategies Tuesday, February 13, 2024 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research With Human Subjects and the IRB Process Wednesday, February 21, 2024 1:00pm
Virtual Event via Zoom
OUR: Undergraduate Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Monday, February 26, 2024 2:30pm
Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom
OUR: Letter of Recommendation 101 Tuesday, February 27, 2024 2:30pm
Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom
OUR and Career Services: Research to Resume Thursday, March 7, 2024 2:30pm
Room 382 and Virtual via Zoom
OUR: Research Ethics Monday, April 1, 2024 1:00pm
Room 108 and Virtual via Zoom
Research Bites: How to Create a Podium or Lightning Talk Monday, April 1, 2024 3:00pm
Virtual and In-person
Research Bites: How to Create a Research Poster Tuesday, April 2, 2024 4:00pm
Virtual and In-person
26th Annual GPSA Research Forum & Inspiration, Innovation, Impact Event Saturday, April 6, 2024 8:00am
The event begins in the Student Union Ballrooms. Presentations will take place in additional rooms throughout the day.

Campus Cultural Experiences

Event Title Date Time Location
My Professional Origin Story: UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield Wednesday, October 4, 2023 11:30am
Auditorium and Available on Vimeo
Brian Burkhart - Climate Hope Through the Land: An Indigenous Framework for Decolonial Hope During Climate Chaos Thursday, November 2, 2023 7:30pm
Room 101
UNLV Art Walk Friday, November 3, 2023 5:00pm
Alt Breaks Lite - Indigenous Restoration Saturday, November 4, 2023 9:00am
Registered participants will receive meet-up information after they have registered to attend on the Involvement Center.
Pathways to Deanship: Women in Higher Education Speaker Panel Wednesday, November 8, 2023 11:30am
Faculty Center (Room 240) and Virtual via Zoom
We Belong! First-Gen Strong! National First-Generation Day Celebration Wednesday, November 8, 2023 1:00pm
Music in Las Vegas: Panel Discussion and Conversation with Authors Friday, November 17, 2023 5:00pm
Room 110
The Power of Cultural Competency: Unlocking the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion Saturday, November 18, 2023 12:00pm
Virtual
My Professional Origin Story: UNLV School of Nursing Interim Dean Imelda Reyes Monday, December 4, 2023 11:30am
Auditorium and Livestreamed via YouTube
Woofs & Wellness Wednesday, January 24, 2024 11:30am
Amargosa Room
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, January 25, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, February 8, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
UNLV Symphony Orchestra: Strauss - "Ein Heldenleben" Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:30pm
My Professional Origin Story - Constance Brooks Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:30am
Hybrid. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art auditorium and livestream
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, February 22, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
UNLV Jazz: Joe Williams Scholarship Concert - Tribute to Marlena Shaw Sunday, February 25, 2024 3:00pm
UNLV Wind Orchestra: The President's Concert Thursday, February 29, 2024 7:30pm
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, March 7, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
UNLV Chamber Music Society: Bookends II, featuring Bill Bernatis Thursday, March 7, 2024 7:30pm
Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, March 21, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Student Success Summit 2024 Monday, March 25, 2024 8:30am
Ballroom
Structural Violence in the Industrial Era United States Monday, April 1, 2024 11:30am
Room 114
Bright Light City Bassoons Presents The Eras Concert Monday, April 1, 2024 5:30pm
Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, April 4, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)
University Forum Lecture Series - "They Forget, We’re People Too": Revisiting the 1969 Uprising in West Las Vegas Thursday, April 4, 2024 7:00pm
Room 101
Global Thursday: Culture and Conversation Thursday, April 18, 2024 4:00pm
Room 135 (Student Diversity Programs Lounge)

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

Mandatory Workshops

Elective Workshops

Research Experiences

Cultural Experiences

  • 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.

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:

No events scheduled at this time. Please check again soon.

2022-2023

  • Rebecca Jimenez
  • Viviana Bautista
  • Kalen de la Garza
  • Tzitlalli Rivero
  • Hieu Nguyen
  • Paula Ramirez
  • Nadia Sheik Yosef
  • Hannah Giberti
  • Alexia Morales
  • Tanner Richardson
  • Dillon Brouwer
  • Yajaira Rodriguez

2021-2022

  • Cassedy Walker
  • Charlene Gonzales
  • Mae Ling Catayong
  • Arely Fuentes-Retolaza
  • Nallely Lozoya
  • Lanessa Shirley
  • Rachel Wuester
  • Rachel Lucero
  • Jerrell Parrish
  • Kaila Seidler
  • Nghi Vu
  • KayLee Freitas
  • Joi Jones
  • Reedell Aragon
  • Fitsum Ayele
  • Sabrina Dittus
  • Lilian Hernandez
  • Jessica Nguyen

2020-2021

  • Simon Lamsal
  • Brittney Rench
  • Ambree Schoetker
  • Arissara Lavangnananda
  • Alejandro Rodriguez Lambeida
  • Yuria Mann
  • Michael Saladino
  • Nathalie Martinez
  • Hannah Barti
  • Tracy Fuentes
  • Keva Francis
  • Jennipher Chung
  • Allen Lai
  • Angelina Daniels
  • Anne Savage
  • Ruby Valencia
  • Emily Carter
  • Trinity Puno

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

Each year, we ask our Grad Rebel Advantage Mentees to prepare a 3-minute elevator pitch, answering the question "Why am I a good candidate for graduate school?" The winners of each cohort win a Graduate College application waiver and are asked to present at Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement. In addition to the presenters who will present in person, another group of equally accomplished undergraduate students have recorded their presentations, and they are available below to view.

Co-sponsors: Academic Advising, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Consolidated Students of UNLV, Student Engagement & Diversity
Partners: Office of Undergraduate Research, Academic Success Center, Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach, Graduate & Professional Student Association, The Intersection, University Libraries, Military & Veteran Services Center, UNLV Writing Center, Career Services, Involvement Center, Office of Admissions, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, Pre-Professional Advising Center

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