Student Stories

We have more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UNLV. Whether it’s achievement in academics, contributions to research, or mentoring and advocating for others, these Rebels are making things happen.

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2024 UNLV Student Service Award winner Makayla Franklin inspires Black pride and representation on campus through Afrikan Black Coalition Conference.

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International student Shangjia Zhang lands a highly competitive NASA grant and UNLV graduate fellowship.

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Gustavo Moreno explores new methods for power generation at the Center for Energy Research.

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Billot, a senior in the Honors College pursuing double majors in political science and environmental studies, moves to the final interview stage for world's most prestigious graduate scholarship.

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Safiyya Bintali will attend Educause’s annual conference and network with technology professionals to further her IT career goals.

Medical student Daniel Houston

Daniel Houston founded student-led group Medical Students for Disability and Chronic Illness at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV.

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Jessica Grifaldo, the only UNLV student to receive the award this year, credits Life Sciences professor Eduardo Robleto for encouraging her to pursue research.

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A featured role on Amazon Prime show gives Chiara Cala a platform to raise awareness about student mental health resources.

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Zachary Billot is the first student in UNLV history to receive the nationally-competitive award. 

Faculty/Staff Stories

UNLV is home to more than 3,000 faculty and staff who are focused on student achievement, teaching, research, and service.

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2024 Service-Learning Award recipient Rachel Anderson combines passions of community service and teaching for new legal clinic.

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Public Health professor Erika Marquez receives 2024 Community Engagement Award for her work breaking down barriers to reach marginalized communities.

Dr. Lyanna Joy LaFredo

Dr. Lyanna Joy LaFredo, who has practiced medicine for 16 years, has a particular interest in children’s development and mental health.

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Professor Frank Rudy Cooper earns American Association of Law Schools' C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award for outstanding law educators.

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The Student Affairs head focuses on fostering upward mobility on campus and in the community.

Heather Boakye-Wenzel, MD

A childhood malarial infection inspired Heather Boakye-Wenzel 'to become a doctor to help people ... to make people feel better.'

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President Emerita Carol C. Harter broke down barriers while building up UNLV's status as a research institution.

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IT technician and manager of the computing Help Desk for Athletics named a 2023 Classified Employee of the Year.

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After a decade of working at UNLV, this Classified Staff of the Year Award winner has become the go-to person for the Lee Business School's dean's office.

Alumni Stories

UNLV is proud to have more than 140,000 alumni working and contributing to their communities in 50 states and more than 75 countries worldwide.

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Although sports law wasn't his initial goal, Justin Carley has risen up as general counsel and senior VP for the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Architect Aaron Malmedal leads the design of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix’s pit building.

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Alumna Rosedaveia Howell is the first UNLV recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's Minority Scholarship.

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As Southern Nevada’s image as a mecca for professional sports continues to grow, so too do employment opportunities for UNLV graduates. 

Audrey James rides in the first car in the Homecoming Parade.

Audrey James was one of the few African Americans in UNLV's earliest classes and a lifelong educator.

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The School of Public Health's Alumna of the Year has used her many roles in the medical field to better understand the needs of patients and bring equity to her practice.

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The College of Engineering's Alumnus of the Year led state legislative efforts that helped to expand learning and future career opportunities for K-12 students.

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Nursing's Alumna of the Year opens free-standing birth center to provide a home-like environment for women in labor.

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Boyd Law's Alumna of the Year fled Peru and left behind a career in dentistry to help others on a similar path by becoming an immigration lawyer.