Special Services and Programs
Assistance in Grants/Proposals
The Office of Sponsored Projects can enroll students in the data base "The Community of Science" which provides funding alerts and information. Through the learning laboratory at the university's Knowledge Center, the Graduate School makes available "Winning Grants," a series of 10 audio-visual lectures dealing with all aspects of developing proposals and contracts to potential sponsors.
The Graduate School provides special teachin-skills training for teaching assistants through the course GRAD 701: College Teaching, a zero (0) credit course offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Graduate Student Association
Graduate student participation in university affairs is encouraged through the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association (GSA). Students have representation from each academic unit offering advanced degree programming. The GSA has voting representation on the Graduate Council and cooperates with the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). The GSA president attends Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents meetings. While social activities are provided by the GSA, the organization is structured to help improve academic and service programs for graduate students. The GSA sponsors invited speakers who discuss a wide variety of topics, helps fund graduate students who present papers at professional meetings and promotes graduate student participation in campus and community affairs as well as regional and national scholarly meetings.
Graduate Teaching Fellow Award
Nominations for the university's outstanding graduate teaching fellow are made by individual departments, colleagues and students at the beginning of spring semester. Nominees must be serving in their second year as a graduate teaching fellow at the university and must have completed at least 18 credits of graduate work. The finalists' student teaching evaluations are carefully reviewed and classroom observations are made before an award is presented. Monetary awards are given to the winners.