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 2021 semester (Monday, August 23, 2021) to the end of the Spring 2022 semester (Saturday, May 14, 2022).
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 2021 semester (Monday, August 23, 2021) to the end of the Spring 2022 semester (Saturday, May 14, 2022).
Application Process for Graduate Students
Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between May 15 and June 30. There is no application fee.
The 2021-2022 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:
- 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, 2021. 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 May 15 and July 15. There is no application fee.
The application process includes:
- 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.
- The 2021-2022 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:
- 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 the chosen graduate student(s)?
- 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:
- 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.
- 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).
Requirements for all Participants
- Prior to the start of the program on Monday, August 23, 2021, 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.”
- A research proposal, which has been approved by the faculty advisor, must be submitted by Monday, September 20, 2021.
- The Strengths Assessment Self-Reflection must be submitted by Friday, December 10, 2021 (additional information can be found under the Strengths Assessment tab below).
- Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a 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 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 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).
- The graduate student must successfully complete all requirements for the Graduate 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.
- Program requirements will be submitted through the RAMP Canvas Course. Participants will be added to the course in August
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com by Monday, September 20, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org within one month of returning from the conference.
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 3, 2022.
- Cover Sheet
- Copy of the Conference's Letter of Acceptance
- Copy of the Abstract in the Program Book
- Photo of both at the conference
Fall 2021 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.
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, and submit the summary to email@example.com. Please be sure to include these workshops on the Workshop Attendance Form you will submit at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.
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:
- Tuesday, September 7, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, October 19, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, December 7, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, January 25, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, February 22, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, March 15, 4-5 p.m., Webex Link
- Tuesday, April 12, 4-5 p.m., Webex Lin
Research shows that knowing and using your strengths:
- Promotes self-reflection
- Accelerates growth and development
- Leads to higher career engagement
This assignment is due by Friday, December 10, 2021.
- Visit High5 Test website and take your strengths assessment
- Save a copy of your results
- Write and submit a 1-2 double spaced page self-reflection
- Was there any part of your results that you already knew about yourself?
- Did you learn something new about yourself?
- How can knowing your strengths benefit your student and professional career?
- Submit your assessment results and self-reflection to firstname.lastname@example.org
All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved.
Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2021-2022 Rebel RAMP cohort:
- Introductory Meeting: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
- End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
- Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
- Final Cohort Meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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