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.

Medical student Daniel Houston
Jul. 26, 2023

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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Jun. 9, 2023

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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May. 23, 2023

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

environmental portrait of student Zachary Billot
May. 9, 2023

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

A student adjusts the arm of another student playing a computer game.
Apr. 21, 2023

 A UNLV occupational therapy student takes a unique approach for his capstone project.

environmental portrait of UNLV Goldwater scholarship recipients
Apr. 13, 2023

Undergraduates Vesper Evereux and Faria Tavacoli selected for the Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most coveted STEM awards in the country. 

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Mar. 21, 2023

Junior Jaron McCully achieved his dream of studying abroad by spending two semesters in Japan.

Daun’Lee Warren
Feb. 15, 2023

When Daun'Lee Warren's father told her she could be 'whatever you put your mind to,' she dreamed of becoming a doctor.

two female students studying at an outdoor table
Nov. 7, 2022

Ingrid Perez is among thousands of first-generation students at UNLV carving out their own path to success.

smiling young woman working in a science lab
Nov. 1, 2022

UNLV professor leads the way for first-gen doctoral student Meena Ejjada to attend prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting. 

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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Sep. 15, 2023

President Emerita Carol C. Harter, who broke down barriers while building up UNLV's status as a research institution, passed away at age 82.

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Jul. 31, 2023

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

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Jul. 24, 2023

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.

Jacob Altholz, MD
Jun. 28, 2023

Dr. Jacob Altholz's selection for NASA Aerospace Medicine clerkship leads to a unique research opportunity at the space center in Houston, Texas.

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May. 15, 2023

Nikki Deville discovered a passion for public health after taking a global health elective course that put her on a whole new path. 

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May. 8, 2023

Nursing’s dean of research has amassed a long list of achievements for her groundbreaking findings on cardiovascular disease.

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Apr. 26, 2023

The team is leading the way as the first of its kind on any campus in Nevada.

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Apr. 25, 2023

Manoj Sharma receives Community Engagement Award for his work to provide access and delivery of health care to marginalized groups.

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Mar. 20, 2023

The pediatric dentist was once a difficult patient herself. Now she's committed to serving children, particularly those who are neuro-atypical.

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Feb. 14, 2023

A polymer created by a longtime chemistry professor can lower the risk of fires when used as a component of lithium-ion batteries.

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Nov. 15, 2022

UNLV's new chief diversity officer on her immigrant experience, and the inspiration she finds in her rescued greyhounds.

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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Sep. 21, 2023

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.

man with arm tattoos standing in front of medical emergency facility
Sep. 19, 2023

The ER doctor and Integrated Health Sciences Alumnus of the Year shifted from baseball to medicine after a shoulder injury.

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Sep. 14, 2023

Jumping into extracurricular activities as a student leads Hospitality College Alumna of the Year to vice president role at Wynn Resorts.

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Sep. 12, 2023

U.S. District judge uses lessons learned from her distinguished career to mentor and inspire UNLV's next generation of jurists.

close up collage of three young students' faces
Aug. 3, 2023

The rare feat speaks to former students’ determination and the quality of UNLV's degree program.

young students in lab coats working on science projects
Jun. 13, 2023

Competition brings the state’s best and brightest STEM students to campus.

woman in doctoral graduation gown and cap with stoll decorated with Native American and UNLV school symbols
May. 10, 2023

Longtime nurse Lisa Pacheco becomes first Native American to graduate with a doctorate in public policy from UNLV.

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Mar. 10, 2023

Physicist Elizabeth Donley tackles the challenge of precisely redefining the second.

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Mar. 6, 2023

Elise Pearlstine — wildlife biologist, perfumer, author, alumna — discusses the complex and storied relationship between humans and fragrant plants in her newest book.

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Jan. 23, 2023

The UNLV alum turned his interest in technology into a career helping to make admissions and online business processes more efficient.

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Jan. 9, 2023

He never intended to fall for photography, but after this UNLV alum found out what it was like to take a good shot during an elective class — he was hooked.

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Nov. 28, 2022

This entertainment engineering and design alum knows all the tricks when it comes to keeping UNLV’s website accessibility-friendly.

poised young woman stands in front of desk that has Las Vegas' Raiders paraphernalia on it
Oct. 25, 2022

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law alumna blazes trails as president of the Las Vegas Raiders.