The Kenyon Summer Digital Scholarship Program provides opportunities for faculty members to pair with exceptional students who will assist in the development and conversion of faculty research into a digital storytelling format over the course of a summer. We see digital storytelling as a means by which important scholarly insights and findings can be shared with an audience much wider than the usual small community of peers who share one’s research interests, and we imagine that short but compelling multimedia versions of a scholar’s work will propel a faculty member’s insights or findings into a larger conversation—bringing the humanities to the general public. This summer program will support digital methods for sharing faculty scholarship, such as media-rich websites, podcasts, video series, or visualizations and is funded by Kenyon College and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The faculty member and student should collaborate on writing and submitting the proposal for the Summer Digital Scholarship Program, with advice from the CIP regarding the plan for hosting and support of the digital stories produced. The team conducts their work over an 8-10 week period in the summer, at the end of which the student member of the team submits an abstract of approximately 200 words describing the project and results. Additionally, summer scholars present their projects at either the research poster session during Family Weekend in October or the “Celebrating High-Impact Practices at Kenyon” (CHIPs) Showcase the following Spring.
The current fellowship award is $4,000 per student, plus provision of on-campus housing. Students not requiring on-campus housing are not eligible for additional remuneration.
Each team will be able to purchase up to $500 in materials, supplies, and/or equipment to support the research project. Any materials, supplies, and equipment will become the property of the College and remain with the department or Center for Innovative Pedagogy after completion of the research project. All expenses must be approved by the faculty mentor and submitted with original invoice or receipt to the administrative assistant in the Center for Innovative Pedagogy no later than the last day of October following the summer project. Funding for student conference travel may be requested through the Provost’s Student Research Grant program.
A complete proposal consists of:
1. Summer Research Cover Sheet
2. Project Description: clear, concise description of the goals, methodology, and hosting and support needs of the proposed project (target length 1000-2000 words); by email attachment to email@example.com (.doc, .docx, or .pdf).
3. Faculty statement: brief letter from faculty mentor addressing qualifications of the student to successfully complete the project by indicating whether grant funds may be available to support the student stipend and expense budget; by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (.doc, .docx, .pdf).
The student member of the research team is responsible for completing parts 1 and 2, while the faculty mentor completes part 3 and submits it directly. Awards will be announced on or before March 6, 2018. Notification will be my email, copying the faculty mentor. A student may not accept this award if he or she is participating in another summer research program or has on-campus summer employment.