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The John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-legal Studies provides opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with faculty members as full participants in the design and execution of a socio-legal studies research project. A primary component of the program is the public presentation of the summer scholar's work at the conclusion of the research project.
A good proposal will be clear and understandable to a reader who is not an expert or even particularly knowledgeable in your field of inquiry. It will avoid unnecessary jargon in favor of demonstrating a sophisticated and nuanced approach to the issues presented therein. Be sure to proof-read it and submit it in a form that shows that you appreciate the fact that your receipt of an award is based largely upon the impression that your proposal will make upon the selection committee.
A good proposal will demonstrate that the applicant has given substantial thought to the faculty member's invitation and taken reasonable steps to inquire about and investigate what the assistantship would entail. The proposal should show that you are a good match for the opportunity and will clearly benefit from it. Be sure to proof-read it and submit it in a form that shows that you appreciate the fact that your receipt of an award is based largely upon the impression that your proposal will make upon the selection committee.
A good proposal will be clear and understandable to a reader who is not an expert or even particularly knowledgeable in your field of inquiry. Assume that members of the selection committee have no knowledge about the nonprofit with which you hope to do an internship. Your proposal should inform the committee of the reasons that your application should be favorably received and this opportunity funded for you. Be sure to proof-read it and submit it in a form that shows that you appreciate the fact that your receipt of an award is based largely upon the impression that your proposal will make upon the selection committee.
The current fellowship award is $4,000 per student plus provision of on-campus summer housing. Recipients of the fellowship may not pursue or accept other employment during the 9 week research term.
Selection of recipients for the competitive summer fellowships will be made by a committee comprised of the Director of the John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program and other faculty teaching within the Law & Society program as appropriate.
The four primary criteria for selection are;
Proposals are to be written and submitted by the student member of a student/faculty research team. Complete applications for a summer research award must include the following:
The Adams Summer Legal Scholars Program is unique in that it was designed to encourage original socio-legal research and scholarship by undergraduates in a liberal arts setting. The program pursues this goal by funding summer fellowships for Kenyon College students in a variety of academic contexts. There are three distinct tracks through which potential Summer Legal Scholars may participate in the Program.
Track 1 funds students who undertake a comprehensive project examining a socio-legal topic under the guidance and direction of a member of the Kenyon faculty. This track has been the route that some students pursuing departmental honors projects have taken; it gives them hands-on experience utilizing social science research methods as well as a head start in compiling data for their projects.
Track 2 funds students who are invited to serve as research assistants for faculty undertaking research that has some socio-legal component or dimension. Students gain research experience working on the faculty member's project, performing the customary tasks assigned to capable undergraduate research assistants.
Track 3 funds students who serve as interns at a nonprofit agency or organization in which the student will examine the role or impact of law upon the mission and effectiveness of the nonprofit.
In addition to the $4,000 fellowship paid to each Summer Legal Scholar, the program provides stipends to the faculty mentors up to $2,500 depending upon the track that the student follows as well as the number of students mentored. Those faculty members who have been invited to serve as a mentor or are otherwise considering making such a commitment should become familiar with the following list of expectations and responsibilities.
Students may apply for assistance in meeting the costs of research, including presenting results at a conference. If these requests are funded, any materials, supplies, and equipment will become the property of the College and remain with the sponsoring faculty member's department or the Law and Society Program. An estimated budget must be prepared and submitted with each proposal. Costs for equipment and materials, travel for meetings and interviews, access to archives, cost for copying, or conference travel, if appropriately invoiced and receipted in the Accounting Office and approved by the faculty mentor, may not exceed $500.
Students awarded fellowships for the preceding summer are required to submit an electronic copy of the final comprehensive paper that serves as the research project's concluding report. Submit the paper electronically via email to Ric Sheffield, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Legal Scholars, depending upon their mentors' preferences, will present their research at a public talk before the end of the semester immediately following their summer research experience. Ordinarily these presentations will occur during Family Weekend.
The students are encouraged to submit their final papers for publication in an undergraduate journal for legal studies. Some possible venues for submission include the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, culr.weebly.com and the Dalhouse Journal of Legal Studies, www.djls.org.
Students who successfully complete a summer socio-legal research project in accord with program and project requirements and who are endorsed by their faculty mentor will have this summer research experience specially noted on their transcript.
"Exploring Law" has been designed as a discussion course with a series of mini-research assignments. This course focuses upon the role and contributions of sociology and the social sciences to the conceptualization of law and legal policy-making. The course materials will draw upon research performed primarily within the context of the American civil and criminal justice system. We will also examine some prevalent notions about what "law" is or should be, "legal" behavior and practices, and justifications for resorting to law to solve social problems. This course, while stimulating students' thinking about the relationships between and among individuals, social agencies, and the legal institutions and actors who are empowered within societies to make and enforce law, is intended to provide exposure and insight to a variety of research methodologies employed within the law and social science field. Through the use of mini-research assignments, it is hoped that students will gain an appreciation for the complexity and far-reaching impact that the social sciences have upon social policy and legal policy making as well as the difficulty of determining or "measuring" "law" and its impact. This course is highly recommended for students selected for the Summer Legal Scholars program.
Students awarded a summer research scholarship whose research involves the use of human subjects, must apply to the Kenyon College IRB for review of their research protocol. Information about IRB application may be found on the IRB web page. Be sure to go to Information for Researchers and pay special attention to "Advice to Students" and "Summer Scholars." IRB applications should be submitted well in advance of the start dates of your program and research.