THE GAINES FELLOWSHIP JURY PROJECT THE JURY PROJECT As a major part of the Gaines Fellowship Program, each student is required to undertake a jury project during the junior year of the Fellowship. Fellows are asked to design and, whenever possible, implement a project that enhances the community in some way (by adding value, solving a problem, filling a need). Fellows must combine research, community analysis, and imagination in support of a project that is presented to a jury in writing and orally. Jury members serve as mentors during the design phase (fall semester and the beginning of spring semester) and as evaluators of the project midway through spring semester. A list of prior jury projects may be found on the Gaines Center’s website. The Gaines Program’s 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. Jury members are selected in consultation with Gaines Center director of student services. The four-person jury is typically made up of one “gown” individual, a UK faculty or staff member or administrator; one “town” individual, someone who is not directly affiliated with UK; the Fellow’s senior mentor; and the Gaines Center’s director of student services. THE FELLOW'S RESPONSIBILITY THE JURY’S RESPONSIBILITY Each Fellow or small team of Fellows is responsible for selecting the project’s focus and providing a prospectus for it; for carrying out the research, site analysis, and project design and for keeping records of those activities; for meeting with jurors to obtain advice and feedback throughout the duration of the project; for presenting the final project to the jury; and for responding to the jury’s comments and questions during the presentation. The final project consists of The jury oversees and guides the Fellow’s preparation of the project. Although the bulk of the responsibility for the project is the Fellow’s, jurors should offer advice and constructive criticism to the Fellow throughout the course of the project, with the goal of helping the student structure the project so that it may be implemented and have a positive impact in the community for which it is designed. Such advice should be directed to methodology, critical commentary in the field, site analysis, and organization of the proposal or presentation. (1) a well-written essay of some seven to ten pages that creates an argument for the project based upon research, lays out the goals of the project, and explains how the project serves those goals; and (2) demonstrative materials such as a wellprepared model that might be put on public display, mock-ups or actual copies of a publication, a visual report or archive (e.g., PowerPoint or website) documenting actions serving the community according to the project rationale. The Fellow is also responsible for keeping in regular contact with his or her jurors (scheduling mutually convenient meetings, providing progress reports or drafts of work to the jury members, etc.). The Fellow should spend approximately 40-45 hours on the jury project; the jury project is worth one hour of the four-hour course Gaines seminar course given in the spring. Jurors are asked to meet with the Fellow twice before the final presentation in mid-spring, though more frequent meetings may be scheduled at times that are mutually convenient for the juror and Fellow. The time commitment for jurors is approximate: two consultation meetings (typically 1 hour or less) and one presentation meeting in February (typically 1 hour). The Gaines Center and its Fellows are grateful for any additional time given to communicating about the project by phone, email, or in person. The jury evaluates the project based on the general criteria given below. The jury project grade is worth 1 credit hour and is factored into the overall grade for HMN 302 (a four-hour course), which is assigned at the end of the spring semester. Jury project guidelines and sample evaluation forms are available on the Gaines Center’s website, http://www.uky.edu/academy/jury-projects. Appropriateness of the project to its intended purpose and site or community (including the sustainability of the project, when appropriate). Does the project enhance the community? Does it have the intended impact? Etc. Effective creation of a humanistic context or environment and research (use of historical or literary allusions, reference to existing or previous examples, comparisons with similar projects elsewhere, evidence-based rationale for project design, etc.) Overall quality of presentation, usefulness of the essay, effectiveness of other demonstrative materials. The jurors also consider the Fellow’s handling of the process of creating the jury project (scheduling meetings, mature handling of constructive criticism, keeping in regular contact with jury, submitting essay a week in advance of the presentation, etc.). THE SCHEDULE Project proposals due—September 30, 2014 Jury participation agreements due—October 14, 2014 At least one meeting with jurors—individually or as a group—by November 18, 2014 Jury Project Progress Report due (share with jurors)—November 25, 2014 At least one additional meeting with jurors—individually or as a group—by January 20, 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 2/27). Jury Project Formal Presentation at Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars—date TBA I have read and agree to the above guidelines. Jury member’s name and email (please print): Jury member’s signature and date: Fellow’s name and contact information (please print): Note to Gaines Fellow: Please fill out the information above before asking your Juror to sign the agreement form, and then return the signed copy to the Gaines Center director of student services.