James Scholar Program for Independent Study

The James Scholar Designation is given to students formally identified by their colleges as honor students. They are granted certain privileges to facilitate their education. Criteria for admission, retention, and graduation are established by the individual colleges. Designation by the University as a James Scholar recognizes students of extraordinary ability and achievement. It entitles students to certain academic privileges and charges them with the responsibility for seeking sustained intellectual achievement throughout their undergraduate medical program. In addition, they are encouraged to pursue individual scholarly interests through independent study and research projects.

The James Scholar Program for Independent Study within the College of Medicine was established in 1967. Admission criteria are left to the particular regional sites, but requirements for graduation are set by the College of Medicine. The James Scholar Program for Independent Study at the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria began in 1973.