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James Scholar Program

Class of 2023 James Scholar Graduates

The James Scholar for Independent Study Program (JS/ISP) focuses on supporting and refining research skills among medical students as they develop into clinical physicians. The James Scholar Program is designed to support medical student researchers during their M2-M4 years, with research projects culminating in high-level activities, such as presentations at abstracted scientific conferences and academic meetings as well as publication of research papers.

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There is no formal application form. Students submit documentation in PDF format, satisfying the requirements listed in the information packet as their application.

Applications will be reviewed by a James Scholar committee made up of UIC faculty. Select students may be invited for an in-person interview with those same committee members.

Based on a review of the application and the personal interview, James Scholars will be selected.

Informational meetings

  • Aug 24, 2023 @ 8:00am
  • Aug 30, 2023 @ 10:30am
  • Sept 18, 2023 @ 5:30pm


  • Application Due Date: October 6, 2023 @ 12 pm Central Time
  • Interviews: TBA
  • Applicants Notified of Results: Dec 8, 2023

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Students interested in applying to be James Scholars should actively be engaged in research at the time of application as well as be in good academic standing. Research activities should be with academic faculty, having initiated these activities in the summer prior to their M2 year. Applicants should have an established relationship with the faculty member who can serve as a mentor over the course of program participation.

Application Scoring

This is a breakdown of the points system and how each applicant is measured.

Worth 10 points

Prior research experience should be highlighted.

Worth 15 points

Five points for each of these categories, 1 page:

  • Summary of interest in research.
  • Detailing how participation will affect professional development.
  • Plan for continuity of research.

Worth 5 points

150 words or less.

Worth 50 points

Materials not to exceed 5 pages. References listed as the last page, does not count toward the 5 page limit. Margins not smaller than ½ an inch, and minimum 12 point font.

  • Literature Review
  • Current Level of Collaboration
  • Proposed Methods
  • Relevant Analytic/Evaluation Strategies
  • Anticipated Results
  • Planned Outcomes & Outputs
  • Sustainability into Professional Career

Worth 15 points

Letter of support from your research mentor, 1-2 pages. The letter should cover:

  • Summary of Collaboration
  • Role in Supporting Student
  • How Project Extends Previous Work

Worth 10 points

In-person interview.

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