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Jury Projects


The focus of a Junior Gaines Fellow's Jury Project is local and immediate: the conception and presentation of a project that might enhance the civic culture of Lexington or the Fellow's hometown, if it is nearby.

The project could be a design to revitalize a particular portion of a neighborhood, or an interactive website or organization dedicated to a community concern. It could be a proposal for a museum or commemorative space honoring a person, group, or tradition here in Lexington; it could be a documentary that captures those people's activities and thoughts for posterity. The object is to conceive and design the project, and to carry it out whenever possible. Projects have been so compelling that they have resulted in real, positive change within the community.

Sample jury projects include

  • planting community gardens at the Gaines Center and elsewhere on campus
  • developing a bicycle safety curriculum for elementary schools
  • founding The Diversity Project to fund a scholarship and create an internationally collaborative quilt honoring diversity
  • founding and publishing literary magazines such as Shale, UK's undergraduate literary journal in English and world languages
  • proposing and funding an expansion of a performing arts center in Western Kentucky.
  • See a list of more jury projects in the documents section below.


Our jury project is based on an idea borrowed from the College of Design where presentations before a panel of jurors are a regular part of the curriculum. The jury advises the Fellow during the research and planning stages of his or her project and then participates in its evaluation. Juries typically consist of one UK juror (a faculty or staff member), one community member not formally affiliated with UK, and the Junior Fellow's senior mentor. The Gaines Center director or associate director also serves as a juror. A description of jurors' responsibilities and juror agreement form may be found at the bottom of this page (single document).


Junior Fellows work on their Jury Projects for several months, making final presentations of their work in the middle of spring semester.

Jury participation agreements due—October 22, 2013

At least one meeting with jurors—individually or as a group—by November 26, 2013

Jury Project Progress Report due to Director (share with jurors) November 26, 2013

At least one additional meeting with jurors—individually or as a group—by January 21, 2014

Complete drafts of written portion of Jury Project due to jury one week prior to presentation

Jury Project Presentations scheduled at mutual convenience of Jury and Fellow in the month of February (can be scheduled earlier, but must occur no later than 2/28).