Graduate College Rebel Research and Mentorship Program

Graduate College Rebel Research and Mentorship Program

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.

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 2022 semester (Monday, August 29, 2022) to the end of the Spring 2023 semester (Saturday, May 13, 2023).

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 2022 semester (Monday, August 29, 2022) to the end of the Spring 2023 semester (Saturday, May 13, 2023).

Application Process for Graduate Students

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between March 5 and July 15. There is no application fee.

The 2022-2023 Online RAMP Mentor Application can be found on 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 provide the following information when completing your RAMP Mentor Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address the following questions:
      • 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 the 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 3, 2022. 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.
  • Endorser Name
    • You will identify the name and email address of your faculty advisor. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in 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

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between March 5 and July 15. There is no application fee.

The 2022-2023 Online RAMP Mentee Application can be found here. The application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting. 

Please be prepared to provide the following information when completing your RAMP Mentee Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address the following questions:
      • 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 a graduate student? If you already have a graduate student identified and you are both applying for RAMP, please indicate that in this section. 
      • How will participating in the RAMP help you reach your goals?
  • Endorser Name
    • You will identify the name and email address of a faculty member. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in the program.

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 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.

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. Both the graduate and undergraduate student can submit their applications to work together in RAMP. Please note that each student must submit their own application and indicate who they will be working with.
  2. If either the graduate or undergraduate applicant do not have a partner in mind, they can still submit an application. Our team will review applications and make matches based on interests. We recommend that the graduate student and undergraduate student meet.

Requirements for all Participants

Requirements for both the Graduate & Undergraduate Participants

  • Program requirements will be submitted through the Research & Mentorship Program (RAMP) WebCampus Course. Participants will be added to the course in August.
  • A research proposal, which has been approved by the faculty advisor, must be submitted by Friday, September 30, 2022 (please see the Program Proposal tab below for instructions).
  • The Strengths Assessment Self-Reflection must be submitted by Friday, December 9, 2022.
  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an Introductory Cohort Meeting in August; (2) a Mid Cohort Meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) and, a Final Cohort Meeting at the end of the academic year. Please note that students will be put on program probation after one cohort meeting absence and the second absence may lead to program separation.
  • Complete the Monthly Progress Report that must be submitted on the last day of each month. 
  • 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 student mentee and the graduate student mentor 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 Conference Travel Sponsorship tab for additional details).
    • Students will be asked to submit their Research Conference Plans via WebCampus.
  • Complete all Qualtrics surveys for program evaluation.
  • Prior to the start of the program on Monday, August 29, 2022, 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.”

Requirements for only Graduate Participants

Requirements for only Undergraduate Participants

  • Undergraduate student mentees must attend one mandatory workshop and a minimum of three elective workshops sponsored by the Graduate College and/or the Office of Undergraduate Research during the program duration. Mandatory workshops will be available for viewing via WebCampus.

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 2022-2023 Rebel RAMP cohort:

  • Introductory Cohort Meeting: Monday, August 22, 2022, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Mid Cohort Meeting: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • The Grad Academy: ​Mixer & Trivia Night, ​Thursday, December 1, 5-6:30 p.m., University Gateway Building, Room 268 (Optional but Highly Recommended)
    • Join us to mingle with your fellow Grad Academy participants​ and compete in Trivia Night! Food and drinks will be provided. The winning ​team will earn prizes!
  • The Grad Academy: End of Year Celebration, Tuesday, May 16, 10:00-3:00 p.m.,University Gateway Building, Room 268 (Optional but Highly Recommended)
    • Join us to celebrate your accomplishments; ask program questions; learn about new Grad Academy opportunities; pick up your completion certificates; and, grab a bite and win swag!

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 via WebCampus.
  • Prior to the proposal being submitted, the Faculty Advisor must submit this brief RAMP Proposal Form.

Strengths Assessment

Research shows that knowing and using your strengths:

  • Promotes self-reflection
  • Accelerates growth and development
  • Leads to higher career engagement 
Assignment

 This assignment is due by Friday, December 9, 2022.

  1. Visit High5 Test website and take your strengths assessment
  2. Save a copy of your results
  3. Write and submit a 1-2 double spaced page self-reflection
    1. Was there any part of your results that you already knew about yourself?
    2. Did you learn something new about yourself?
    3. How can knowing your strengths benefit your student and professional career?
  4. Submit your assessment results and self-reflection via WebCampus. 

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 via WebCampus. 

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 scholarship funds will be applied towards that balance. Disbursements can take between 4-6 weeks after you submit your paperwork to the Graduate College.

Please note your Travel Conference must be completed by June 2, 2023.

  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 2022 Workshop Schedule

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.

Event Title Date Time Location
OUR: What is Research? Understanding the Research Cycle Tuesday, September 6, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Ethics Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Best Undergraduate Research Mentee Practices Monday, September 12, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: How to Navigate the Digital Information Landscape Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Literacy: Organizing and Managing Sources Thursday, September 15, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Literacy: Active Reading: How to Effectively Interrogate Text Tuesday, September 20, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
GC: Building Your Brand: Leveraging Online Platforms To Get Noticed Tuesday, September 20, 2022 6:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Literacy: Data Origins and Metadata Thursday, September 22, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
GC: Towards Educational Equity and Transformation Friday, September 23, 2022 12:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Literacy: Data Life Cycle Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Literacy: Data Visualization Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
GC: Assertiveness Training and Conflict Management Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:00pm
Room 260
OUR: All Things Lab Safety Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
GC: Effectively Communicating Your Research, Creative, and Scholarly Work Tuesday, October 11, 2022 12:00pm
Virtual
OUR: What is Your Story? Inspiring Undergraduate Researchers Wednesday, October 12, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Writing: The Abstract Tuesday, October 18, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Writing: How to Write a Literature Review Monday, October 24, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Writing: The Results, Discussion, and Conclusion Wednesday, October 26, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Research Writing: Research Proposal and Grants Tuesday, November 1, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
OUR: Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Letter of Recommendation Tuesday, November 8, 2022 2:30pm
Virtual
OUR: Are You Research Ready for Grad School? Thursday, November 10, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
GC: Finding a Postdoctoral Scholar Position Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:00pm
Virtual
OUR: How to Effectively Create Posters Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
GRA: Communicating Professionally Tuesday, November 15, 2022 4:00pm
Virtual

Workshop Summary Options

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Research & Mentorship Program. (Please note only undergraduate students are required to complete workshops for RAMP). To receive credit for a workshop, click on the workshop recording you would like to watch, write a 1-page summary (single or double-spaced), and submit the summary via WebCampus. 

Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered

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:

Program Forms

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 $500 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 scholarship funds 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
  • 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.

Past Cohorts

“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