THE JURY PROJECT
The Junior Gaines Fellow's Jury Project requires the conception and presentation of a project that enhances the civic culture of a community: UK's campus, Lexington, or the Fellow's hometown. The focus may be further afield: projects enhancing the culture of communities regionally, nationally, or internationally.
The project should either add value to a community or solve a problem in a community. The object is to design and carry out the project whenever possible, or to build support for large-scale projects requiring significant, long-term community investment. Volunteering may be a part of the project, so long as the volunteer time is spent in service of the project's larger design. Projects should have specific goals and measurable outcomes; they should be sustainable (unless the project is specifically designed as a single event). Projects have been so compelling that they have resulted in real, positive change within the community.
Sample jury projects include
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's director of student services (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.
Junior Fellows work on their Jury Projects for several months, making presentations of their work to their juries in the middle of spring semester. The following schedule may be adjusted; any changes will be announced during Tuesday meetings (Tuesdays 4-5pm).
Project proposals due for workshop—October 6, 2015
Jury participation agreements—November 3, 2015
Project updates due to all jurors—December 1, 2015
At least one additional meeting with jurors—individually or as a group, by February 2, 2016; a progress report written with an eye to planning the final presentation and establishing its date is due on this day.
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(s) in the month of February and the first week of March (can be scheduled earlier, but must occur no later than 3/04/16).
Jury Project Formal Presentation at Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars—April 27, 2016.