James Scholar Program
If you have questions, contact Jodi Whitlock, Medical Education Program Coordinator in the Office of Curricular Affairs at 312-996-5751 or [email protected]. The program director is Dr. Lisa Razzano at [email protected].
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.
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.
All complete applications will be reviewed by a James Scholar committee made up of UIC faculty. Select students will 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.
James Scholar Selection Criteria:
1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), prior research experience should be mentioned
2. Personal statement (detail how being in the program will affect professional development)
3. Project Abstract
4. Summary of research project
5. Recommendation letter
Scoring to 100 points:
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Prior research experience should be highlighted.
Five points for each of these categories:
150 words or less.
Summary of Research Project
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.
Letter of support from your research mentor, 1-2 pages.
James Scholar Timeline:
August 21, 2019 – Fall Information Session (M1)
August 28, 2019 – Fall Information Session (M2)
January 13, 2020 – Application Submissions Due
February 2020 – Interview Day
March 2020 – Applicants notified of results
October 2020 – Fall progress reports due
Dr. Lisa Razzano ([email protected]) Director of the James Scholar Program.
Jodi Whitlock ([email protected] – 312.996.5751) Medical Education Program Coordinator, Curricular Affairs.
Email all components of the completed application to Jodi by the application deadline.