RAMP 2018-2019 Cohort

Graduate College Rebel Research and Mentorship Program

RAMP 2018-2019 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 and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 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 Monday, February 25, 2019. 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 Friday, September 6, 2019. 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

  • The undergraduate student and graduate student mentor must submit a proposal, which has been approved by the faculty advisor, by Friday, September 6, 2019.
  • 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
  • Together, the undergraduate student mentee and the graduate student mentor must co-present their research/scholarly/creative activity at one of the University-level Research symposiums.
  • Together, the undergraduate and graduate student must try and 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 three cohort meetings and any additional meetings deemed necessary.
  • The graduate student must successfully complete all requirements for the Mentorship Certification.
  • 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.

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 stipend each semester (pending funding approval).
  • 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 7, 2018.

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 following documents as a single PDF to gradrebel@unlv.edu within one month of returning from the conference:

  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

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 2018-2019 Rebel RAMP cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Monday, August 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Student Union (SU) 207
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 30, 2018, 2 p.m.–3 p.m., Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) 1010
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Student Union (SU) 205  

Past Cohorts