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Haskell Faculty Research Award

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 at UF.

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. The student will receive $750 at the beginning of the project and the remainder at the end of the project.

Proposals must be submitted to the Bob Graham Center by Sept.15, 2019. A faculty committee drawn from the Graham Center Faculty Affiliates will select the award recipients and will be announced on Oct.15.

Highlights of the 2018-19 Haskell Scholars

  • The efforts of Haskell Scholar Chris Cuevas and his faculty mentor David Kaplan have been featured in a University of Florida news release, UF public perception survey shows high level of concern over algal blooms in Florida waters. The study is providing a better understanding Florida voters’ perceptions of algal bloom issues and shows that a vast majority of Florida residents are concerned about algal blooms regardless of political, socioeconomic or racial differences.
  • An essay published in the Washington Post by Lauren PearlmanHere’s How President Trump Could Really Celebrate the Fourth of July, was developed with the research provided by Haskell Scholar Elizabeth Ingersent. The essay reviews the issue of statehood for Washington, D.C. and argues that President Trump should support an upcoming bill before the before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
  • Haskell Scholar Taisha Saintil and her faculty mentor Sharon Austin published an essay in the Gainesville Sun titled Should Amendment 4 be delayed? which examines the pros and cons of delaying the implementation of Amendment 4, a recently passed state constitutional amendment restoring the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida that have completed their sentence.

How to Apply

Proposals should include the following:

  1. a one-page description of the proposal and its relevance;
  2. half-page biographical sketches for both faculty member and undergraduate student;
  3. a target publication for the work, such as a newspaper, public journal or public-square platform such as the Conversation.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by Sept. 15 to Sherry Feagle at

The results of each project should be completed within a year and published on a non-academic platform. Undergraduate student partners should be acknowledged as co-authors or contributors. Copies of the essays should be submitted to the Graham Center no later than Sept.15 of the following year.

The essays will be highlighted on the website of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

Faculty and students who have previously received an Askew Fellows award on the same or similar topic are not eligible.