Civic engagement means developing the critical knowledge and practical skills needed to be aware and active participants in our communities, whether they are local, state, national or global. The Graham Civic Scholars 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 as part of their investigation of 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.

Spring 2015                                                                                                                                    
The Bob Graham Center will select 50 students to study food insecurity in Florida during spring 2015 semester. This year, the Center has aligned its program topic with the Dean of Students Office's Common Reading Program and accompanying events. Read more about the 2015 Graham Civic Scholars Program on food insecurity. Of the 50 students selected, 10 will be selected to plan and implement a service learning project, and three students will be provided financial support to write a senior thesis or public policy proposal on the issue. The application deadline for the project is Wednesday, Jan. 21. Research must be completed by Wednesday, April 8. For more information, please contact Dr. Emma Humphries at


Spring 2014                                                                                                                                                      
The Bob Graham Center selected 50 students to study aging physical infrastructure in an assigned Florida county or Regional Planning Council and write a report. Additionally, two students are currently working on public policy proposals and another is working on a GIS project to document aging infrastructure concerns. We anticipate that their work will be completed by January 2015. View a spreadsheet of results and read the cumulative report.

Policy Reports and Proposals

Mitigating Saltwater Intrusion Through Everglades Restoration: A Policy Proposal for the Florida Legislature
by Rachel Reiss (posted February 10, 2015)

Fundling the Florida Department of Transportation
by Luke Killam (posted on February 23, 2015)

Spring 2013                                                                                                                                                   
The Graham Center commissioned 50 undergraduate students to conduct research on Florida’s water resources and the ways in which Florida’s counties are addressing issues related to water supply. Read the cumlative report and view the interactive map.

Fall 2011                                                                                                                                                          Building on the success of the 2011 summer research project, the BGC expanded its Civic Scholar program to tackle the important issue of families experiencing homelessness. A group of 100 Civic Scholars representing 36 different majors were selected for the Families and Homelessness Project. Scholars examined the plight of families that are homeless in Florida and assessed how individual counties respond to this issue. They then identified the top problems with their designated county’s approach to the issue and proposed possible solutions. Read the report.

Summer 2011                                                                                                                                                 
The BGC selected approximately 70 students to evaluate the preparedness of Florida's counties for a biological terrorist attack. Learn more.