Research Opportunities

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service is a community of students, scholars and citizens who share a commitment to training the next generation of public and private sector leaders for Florida, the United States and the international community. Senator Graham founded this Center as a means of going beyond the classroom and giving students insight into the nuts and bolts of political leadership. To that end, the Bob Graham Center offers research opportunities for undergraduate students. You are not required to minor in public leadership to take advantage of these.

Graham Civic Scholars engages students in researching issues of critical importance to Florida and its sixty-seven counties. Students work under the supervision of Graham Center staff in conducting in-depth interviews and intensive research on the topics.  The culminating event of the program is a round-table gathering of students where they tackle the issues and offer solutions and strategies on the topics that were examined during the semester.

Reubin Askew Scholars comprise a cohort of juniors, selected on the basis of their commitment to community service and civic engagement. Expectations are that these students have already distinguished themselves in leadership and community service and that they will be preparing themselves for a life of public service. Those selected for this program take several courses in public policy, receive intensive leadership training, and work with a mentor to help prepare them for a life of public service.