The Bob Graham Center offers research opportunities for undergraduate students. You are not required to minor in public leadership to take advantage of these.
This program 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.
Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated 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 significant civic project between their junior and senior years.
The University Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at the University of Florida to the exciting world of academic research. In the program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method. A competition is held each spring within participating colleges and centers for the University Scholars awards that includes a $1750 stipend. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project, under the guidance of a faculty member. The University Scholars Program serves as an exceptional capstone to the academic careers of UF students. The Bob Graham Center selects one University Scholar each year whose research focuses on public policy or is otherwise related to civic participation and engagement. Only 200 students from all disciplines are selected through a competitive process to participate in this program.
The Haskell Faculty and Student Awards program offers three UF faculty a research award of $3,000 each for an essay produced in concert with an undergraduate on a major public policy issue facing society. Essays should advance public understanding of this issue and be published in the public sphere. Proposals are welcome from all academic units on campus.
An additional $1,500 in research funding will be awarded to the undergraduate student that takes a meaningful research role on the project and be acknowledged as a co-author or contributor.
Examples of previous Haskell Faculty Research Award-winning essays include Dr. Sharon Wright Austin and Taisha Saintil's op-ed in the Gainesville Sun discussing the future of Amendment 4 -- felon disenfranchisement -- in the state of Florida: https://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20190204/sharon-d-wright-austin-and-... as well as Dr. David Kaplan and Christopher Cuevas' research on Florida algal blooms: http://news.ufl.edu/2019/03/fla-attitudes-on-algal-bloom/.