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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 2019-2020 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 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
  • 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 the endorsement of a full-time faculty member or academic advisor


Applications are only accepted once a year. We will begin accepting applications the week before the spring semester begins. Acceptance in the Grad Rebel Advantage Program is competitive. Complete applications, including a faculty/advisor endorsement, must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The completed application packet must be submitted via email to Once applications have been reviewed and approved, accepted Grad Rebel Advantage applicants will receive an email confirmation of admission to the program via their Rebelmail account. These decisions take up to a month from the application submission deadline.

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 mandatory Grad Rebel Advantage kick-off event
  • Attend the mandatory Grad Rebel Advantage commencement event
  • Attend two of the three mandatory 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)
  • Attend a minimum of 6 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 6). Failure to complete this minimum will make you ineligible to receive the Grad Rebel Advantage scholarship.
  • Attend one (1) major campus research event
  • Attend one (1) campus cultural event
  • Have an appointment with an academic advisor to plan your program completion (fall or spring)
  • Have at least one appointment with the Writing Center to work on a paper, writing sample, publication, or letter of application (fall or spring)
  • Attend the four (4) mandatory cohort group mentorship sessions (one at kick-off event, one other in fall, one in spring, and one at the commencement event)
    • Common project to culminate - 5-minute presentation to pitch graduate school
    • Fall Cohort Meeting
    • Spring Cohort Meeting

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.

Fall 2019 Event & 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 Fall 2019 Event & Workshop Schedule will be available in early August.

Event Title Date Time Location
Active Reading: How to Effectively Interrogate Text Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:00pm
Amargosa Room
How to Effectively Prepare Manuscripts for Publication Monday, October 28, 2019 3:00pm
Amargosa Room
Brookings: Analyzing Patterns of International Migration in the era of Globalization and Preparing for a Career in Public Policy with Dany Bahar, PhD Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2:00pm
Room 268
Understanding Internships: With Employers & University Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:00pm
Eureka Room
How to Effectively Review Manuscripts for Publication Friday, November 1, 2019 3:00pm
Amargosa Room
Rebel Grad Slam Finals and Reception Friday, November 1, 2019 4:00pm
Auditorium and lobby
Present Your Findings: Presentation Development Monday, November 4, 2019 2:30pm
Room 254
Present Your Findings: Presentation Development Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:30am
Room 254
How to Effectively Create Research Posters Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:00pm
Amargosa Room
Link-Up with LinkedIn Workshop Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:00am
Present Your Findings: Presentation Development Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:15am
Room 254
Presentation Skills: Writing a Public Talk & Getting Over Public Speaking Workshop Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00pm
Room 268
Take a Break: Self-Care Tuesday, November 12, 2019 11:30am
Room 254
Take a Break: Self-Care Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:15am
Room 254
Nuts and Bolts of Funding: Internal and External Source Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:00pm
Room 205
Investing Smart Workshop Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:00pm
GPSA Commons (LLB 2141)
Cultivating Healthy Habits: Working Smarter & Being Less Stressed Workshop Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:00pm
Room 268
Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, November 22, 2019 9:00am
Ballroom, 2nd Floor
6th Annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A Celebration of Graduate Student Research Friday, February 28, 2020 4:00pm
Auditorium & Lobby
Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30am
Graduate Showcase Friday, April 10, 2020 4:00pm
Auditorium and Lobby
Grad Rebel Advantage Commencement Event Friday, May 1, 2020 9:00am

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 Forms

All forms for program feedback (e.g., End of the Fall Semester Program Feedback and Final Program Feedback Forms) must be completed. We strongly encourage you to complete workshop and event feedback forms. You feedback is invaluable and helps us plan workshops/events for future semesters.

Mid-program Progress Form

Before winter break in December, Grad Rebel Advantage students will receive a survey to complete showing that they met all fall requirements. Please use the mid-program progress form to keep track of your attendance and requirements. On completion and approval of the survey, students will be eligible to receive the first half of their scholarship.

Program Completion Form

Grad Rebel Advantage students must submit a program completion survey form by Friday, April 24th 2020 to earn their spring scholarship and Grad Rebel Advantage honor cord. In addition to completing all of the requirements for the program, students must be in good standing, enrolled full-time, and have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students must complete the program in the academic year they are admitted, unless approved otherwise due to an approved university leave of absence.

Please use the Completion Workshop Form to keep track of your progress. You will be emailed a survey link to input your completion report in April.

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


  • Please complete the application in full by Friday, June 14, 2019. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate College Welcome Center (GTW 200).

Program Requirements

  • Attend & participate in the Grad Rebel Advantage Program kick-off on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 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

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