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The Graduate School reopens with limited hours.

In accordance with state and NSHE policy, the University of Nevada, Reno is moving into Phase 2 of recovery. Beginning June 8, the Graduate School office will be open on a limited schedule from 10 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday. However, all services and meetings are still encouraged to be completed remotely when possible. Document submission is electronic only. All staff, students, and visitors will be required to follow the latest  University policies and procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Graduate School COVID-19 updates

Curious about graduate classes?

With remote class formats and no minimum credit or program enrollment, applying for graduate special status is a great way to take classes, gain knowledge to support your career, or prepare to transition to a degree program. 

Learn more about becoming a graduate special

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Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the AP News story

Supreme Court decision for LGBTQ+

We celebrate the Supreme Court's historic decision that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. We stand in support of our LGBTQ+ community—students, faculty and staff—and recognize the struggles that have been fought, in most recent history, since the Stonewall Uprisings of 1969. We encourage our faculty and staff, advocates and allies, to join Diversity & Inclusion’s LGBTQ+ Task Force and our students, The Center, Every Student, Every Story’s Pride Collaborative.

Supreme Court decision for DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the decision that the Administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation. Even though the Supreme Court’s decision is provisional and does not remove the uncertainty that young immigrants have lived with, it is a major victory for DACA recipients, allies, and our campus community.

For DACA and community resources relating to immigration, we want to continue directing you to our University Social Services Coordinator, Jahahi Mazariego, connected to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX at or (775) 682-8984. The UNLV Immigration Clinic continues to provide free consultations for DACA assistance to all NSHE students and their families.

Seven NSF fellowship awards for Ph.D. students

University students received seven 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards. Congratulations to all award recipients! Read more about student research.

  • Lauren Bartels, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Ph.D
  • Lauren Benedict, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D.
  • Tara Christensen, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D.
  • Madeleine Lohman, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D.
  • Lauren Mazurowski, Civil & Environmental Engineering Ph.D.
  • Rocio Olvera, Integrative Neuroscience Ph.D.
  • Keely Rodriguez, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D.
  • Mariana Webb, Hydrologic Sciences Ph.D.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association is a tremendous resource for all graduate students, providing awards, need-based services, social and academic clubs, and terrific camaraderie across campus. 

Graduate School news

James Simmons holds a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout at Summit Lake

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake in far northern Nevada

University collaborates with tribe to protect the longest self-sustaining population of trout

Thale Cress plant

Plant tissue engineering improves drought and salinity tolerance

Research in College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources addresses future population growth and food shortages

Satellite imagery of a plume of smoke covering a vast swathe of California

“Our lives should not be sacrificed this easily”: Camp Fire tragedy leads to new wildfire research

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Hamed Ebrahimian a $2 million grant to develop novel wildfire risk assessment and mitigation tools.

The Graduate School is committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for the entire campus community. The Graduate School works to promote graduate education and strengthen academic excellence by attracting, advancing and retaining a diverse graduate population.