RAMP 2018-2019 Cohort

Graduate College Rebel Research and Mentorship Program

RAMP 2019-2020 Cohort

The Graduate College Rebel Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable research/scholarly/creative skills and mentorship skills, respectively. Undergraduate students work closely with doctoral or MFA graduate student mentors on a research/creative/scholarly project. This allows the undergraduate student firsthand experience with conducting research as well as personal and academic support on an individualized level. Students will also have the opportunity to attend workshops that are specifically designed to increase their knowledge of graduate education and professional development. This program enables the student to develop skills critical to professional career goals and/ or graduate school. Graduate students will learn how to mentor a student. One requirement for participation in the Rebel RAMP is that the graduate student also participates in the Mentorship Program. If they are accepted into RAMP, they will automatically be enrolled in the Mentorship Program. By having undergraduate students and graduate students work together with faculty member oversight, this program will more broadly help to foster a strong campus-wide scholarly community. The Rebel Research and Mentorship Program is co-sponsored by the Graduate College, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and CSUN. Partners include: The Office of Undergraduate Research.

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 2019-2020 RAMP Cohort.

Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Students

  • Must be a doctoral or MFA student who is enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program.
  • Must be either actively working on or starting a research/creative/scholarly project.
  • Must have completed one academic year of a doctoral or MFA program at UNLV.
  • Have an interest in serving as a mentor to an undergraduate student.
  • Minimum 3.5 overall GPA.
  • Must have the approval of your faculty advisor.
  • Must participate in the entire length of the program from the start of the Fall 2019 semester (Monday, August 19, 2019) to the end of the Spring 2020 semester (May 11, 2020).

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Students

  • Have an interest in conducting research or working on a creative/scholarly project.
  • Must be enrolled at UNLV as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits per semester).
  • Must have completed at least 60 credit hours at the time the program begins. Students must have at least a full academic year left in order to participate in the RAMP.
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Need to remain in good academic standing throughout the year-long participation in the program.
  • Must participate in the entire length of the program from the start of the Fall 2019 semester (Monday, August 19, 2019) to the end of the Spring 2020 semester (May 11, 2020).

Application Process for Graduate Students

Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at gradrebel@unlv.edu by Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Rebel RAMP Application.

The application packet includes:

  1. Completed and signed application
  2. CV or resume
  3. One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty advisor. The letter should address:
    • Reasons for why the graduate student would make a strong mentor.
    • How the mentorship program will assist the graduate student with their future career trajectory?
    • How the mentorship program will assist the graduate student with progression through their current degree plan?
    • Indicate research support.
  4. Read UNLV’s Student Conduct Policy. Agree to abide by its policies and check appropriate box on the application form.
  5. Single-spaced, one-page maximum letter of interest which includes:
    • What is the title of the research/creative/scholarly project? Please provide a brief description of the project.
    • What are the specific responsibilities of both you and the undergraduate student mentee on the research/creative/scholarly project?
    • What will be the end product of your collaboration with the undergraduate student mentee (e.g., article, poster presentation, paper presentation, etc.)?
    • Why would you like to be a mentor to an undergraduate student in the RAMP?
    • If your project requires IRB approval, please note whether you already have IRB approval or if it is a new project pending IRB approval at the time you submit the application. If you already have IRB approval, a copy of document must be included in your application package. If you do not yet have IRB approval, discuss the timeline for getting it. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to provide a copy of the IRB approval document. Any project that requires IRB approval must have it before August 1, 2019. This includes submitting a modification to your IRB protocol that includes the undergraduate student mentee. Failure to gain IRB approval or add the undergraduate student mentee to the IRB protocol will result in your dismissal from the program.

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, RAMP applicants will receive an email confirmation of your admission into the Rebel RAMP program via your Rebelmail account. This email will also contain additional information on the program.

Application Process for Undergraduate Students

The application process includes:

  1. Interested students that meet the eligibility requirements must first examine the graduate students and their associated research/creative/scholarly projects that have been chosen to participate in the Rebel RAMP. This information can be found above. Please look over this information thoroughly, as you will be expected to note in your proposal the individual(s) and research/creative/scholarly project(s) that you are most interested in working with and why.
  2. Please submit a completed application package 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-Rebel RAMP Application.

The application package consists of:

  1. Completed and signed application
  2. CV or resume
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UNLV tenure-track faculty member or university administrator
  4. Single-spaced, one page maximum letter of interest which addresses:
    • What are your research or creative interests?
    • What are your academic and career goals?
    • Why are you interested in your chosen area of study?
    • Why are you interested in working with the chosen graduate student(s)?
    • How will participating in the RAMP help you reach your goals?
  5. Prior to being accepted into the program, students must be willing to have an interview with the faculty advisor of the potential graduate student mentor if the faculty advisor requests an interview.

Once your application has been reviewed and approved (including having an interview with the faculty advisor, if applicable), RAMP applicants will receive an email confirmation of your admission into the Rebel RAMP program via your Rebelmail account. This will contain information regarding the project and graduate student you will be working with and additional information on the Rebel RAMP.

Requirements for all Participants

  • A research proposal, which has been approved by the faculty advisor, must be submitted by Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • The Individual Development Plans must be submitted in the fall semester (additional information below).
  • Attend all mandatory meetings
  • Complete the Monthly Progress Report (details explained at the Introductory Meeting) that must be submitted on the first Friday of every month.
  • Complete all Qualtrics surveys for program evaluation
  • The graduate student must successfully complete all requirements for the Mentorship Certification.
  • Undergraduate student mentees must attend a minimum of 4 workshops sponsored by the Graduate College and/or the Office of Undergraduate Research during the program duration. Mentees must submit the RAMP Mentee 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 meetings. This form must be submitted even if no workshops were completed during the semester.
  • Together, the undergraduate student mentee and the graduate student mentor must co-present their research/scholarly/creative activity at both the Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum and the Office of Undergraduate Research Symposium. Additional details will be provided at the cohort meetings.
  • Together, the undergraduate and graduate student must submit an abstract to a local, regional, or national conference to present the findings of the research/creative/scholarly project. Conference travel sponsorship for both students is available pending funding approval (please see the drop-down header 'Conference Travel Sponsorship' for additional details).
  • Prior to the start of the program on Monday, August 19, 2019, all students who will be conducting research with human subjects must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course on “The Protection of Human Subjects.”

Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the Rebel RAMP.
  • Both the undergraduate student mentees and graduate student mentors must attend all four cohort meetings and any additional meetings deemed necessary.
  • If a student is not in good standing in his/her degree program, or if s/he creates any problems as a participant in the Rebel RAMP, s/he may be removed from the program at the discretion of the Graduate College Dean.
  • Undergraduate students may choose to take a research class (3 credits) either for one or both semesters during their participation in the Rebel RAMP. If they take a class, they will need to work 12-15 hours per week on the research or creative project. If they do not take the class, they will need to work 5-10 hours per week.
  • Failure to turn monthly progress reports on-time (without prior permission from program manager) could impact the stipend and/or conference travel sponsorship.

Benefits

  • Involvement in creating a strong campus-wide scholarly community.
  • Graduate students gain valuable skills associated with mentorship. They will also complete the Mentorship Certification, which will be noted on their transcripts.
  • Undergraduate students gain experience participating in research/creative/scholarly projects. This will allow them to gain critical skills necessary for professional career goals and/ or graduate school. In addition, they will have personal and academic support from both their graduate student mentor and the faculty advisor.
  • Graduate student mentors will each receive a $750 access award each semester (pending funding approval). Please note: You must have a current FAFSA 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 award can take between 4-6 weeks after the Graduate College Student Services Team has confirmed that you have completed program requirements for the semester.
  • Participants are eligible for conference travel sponsorship pending funding approval (please see the drop-down header 'Conference Travel Sponsorship' for additional details).
  • Participate in a University-level Research Symposium.

Program Proposal

  • Proposal length: maximum three-pages, single-spaced
  • Proposal should include the following information:
    • Research or creative project title
    • Brief project description
    • Project's intended goals
    • Specific responsibilities of both the graduate and undergraduate students
    • Project’s end product (e.g., conference presentation, article, etc.)
    • Anticipated timeline for accomplishing goals (table format or written out)
    • Number of hours/ week the undergraduate student is expected to work
    • Describe any prep work that the undergraduate student will need to do (e.g., reading articles)
    • Brief discussion on a local, regional, or national conference outside of UNLV that both students will submit an abstract for and attend if the abstract is accepted (include name of the conference, where it is being held, when the abstracts are due, and conference dates)
  • Proposal must be approved by the faculty adviser prior to it being submitted
  • Prior to the proposal being submitted, all members involved in the project (graduate student mentor, undergraduate student mentee, and faculty adviser) must sign the Rebel RAMP Proposal Signature Document.
  • Proposal and the Rebel RAMP Proposal Signature Document must be submitted electronically to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at gradrebel@unlv.edu by Friday, September 6, 2019.

Conference Travel Sponsorship

For in-state conference travel, undergraduate and graduate students will both receive a $500 Access Grant (pending funding approval). For out-of-state conference travel, undergraduate and graduate students will both receive a $1000 Access Grant (pending funding approval). These grants will be awarded after the students have attended and presented together at a local, regional, national, or international conference. Graduate and undergraduate students must each submit the documents listed below as a single PDF to gradrebel@unlv.edu within one month of returning from the conference.

Please note: You must have a current FAFSA form on file. If you owe money for current or prior terms, the award funds will be applied towards that balance. Disbursements can take between 4-6 weeks after you submit your paperwork to the Graduate College.

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Copy of the Conference's Letter of Acceptance
  3. Copy of the Abstract in the Program Book
  4. Photo of both at the conference

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule for Mentees

The below workshops fulfill the undergraduate mentee workshop requirement. As a reminder, mentees must attend a minimum of 4 workshops sponsored by the Graduate College and/or the Office of Undergraduate Research during the program duration. 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.

There are currently no workshops at the moment. Please check back soon.

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.

Assignment

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.

There are 2 parts to this assignment:

  1. Graduate student mentor/undergraduate student mentee: We would like your mentee to fill out the self-assessment and goal development guides. You will meet with your mentee to review and revise their IDP as needed and discuss their professional and career goals, as well as what you both would like to see in the mentorship relationship over the next year. Both you and the mentee need to sign each of the documents.
  2. Primary advisor/graduate student mentor: The graduate student mentor will also complete both of the guides and set-up a meeting with their primary advisor/mentor to review and revise the IDP as needed. Both you and the primary advisor/mentor need to sign each of the documents.

Please submit both assignments as a a single PDF via email to gradrebel@unlv.edu.

During the spring semester, you and your mentee will revise the documents as needed and submit an updated version to us as part of the mentorship portfolios (due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020).

Resources

Program Forms

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 2019-2020 Rebel RAMP cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Monday, August 19, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., SU 211
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 22, 2019, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., GTW 268
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, GTW 269
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m., GTW 268 & 269

Past Cohorts

Selecting a Mentor/Mentee

There are two ways that a mentor/mentee can be selected:

  1. The graduate student and undergraduate student have already been working together prior to deciding to be in the Rebel Research and Mentorship Program. The graduate student submits their application first. If they are accepted to the program, then the undergraduate student may apply to work with them.
  2. The undergraduate student examines the graduate student PowerPoints and notes on their application who they would like to work with. If minimum program qualifications are met, we will send the undergraduate student application to the graduate student. We recommend that the graduate student and undergraduate student meet to make sure they are a good pair for the program.

If multiple undergraduates apply to work with a graduate student, we will send the applications to the graduate student for them to review (so long as the minimum program qualifications are met). The graduate student and faculty adviser will then select the undergraduate student who they would like to work with during the program duration (this process could involve interviews).

Hear from Past Participants

“The RAMP program can change you and if you put in the work it will. Because of this program, I had the opportunity to present at conferences in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA on research that I truly care about. I learned about my field, research, clinical work, and myself. The graduate college, my mentor, and advisor helped me in more ways than I could have ever imagined and because of them I will continue my studies at UNLV in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.”

RAMP Undergraduate Fellow, Cohort 2017-2018

“Experience with mentoring will be highly advantageous for my planned future career in academia.”

RAMP Graduate Fellow, Cohort 2017-2018