UNLV Graduate Students Advocate for Graduate Education, Funding in Washington, D.C.

From left: Katelyn DiBenedetto (Anthropology), Maria Ramos Gonzalez (Mechanical Enineering), Daniel Mast (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Jeff Eggleston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Valarie Burke (Sociology).

Jan. 6, 2018


Five UNLV graduate student, including Jeff Eggleston, who is completing his degree within the Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences department, traveled to Capitol Hill January 3 to thank elected officials for their support on the tax reform bill and to advocate for graduate student funding.

The students met with Congressman Mark Amodei’s staff, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and a staff member, Senator Dean Heller’s staff, Representative Ruben Kihuen’s staff, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s staff, and representatives from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

“I was glad to provide a voice for graduate education and its importance, especially for UNLV,” said Eggleston. “I believe this experience was very successful on a multitude of fronts, but mostly relative to the need of continued support for current graduate students and ensure future graduate students have similar support and opportunities.”

Prior to the trip, the group researched different topics and prepared to ensure they made the most of their meetings. The conversations – often 20 to 30 minutes – covered everything from federal funding of graduate education and loan forgiveness programs to DACA and the importance of diversity in graduate education.

There are talks of UNLV students traveling to Washington, D.C. and speaking with elected officials every semester, according to the students.