James Scholar Program for Independent Study
The James Scholar Program for Independent Study is an honors research program for all College of Medicine campuses. It was established in 1967 and started in 1973 on the Peoria campus. Students work closely with a mentor for three to four years on a specific research project, and those who meet all the milestones graduate with the James Scholar distinction. The research projects may be in the domains of clinical, basic science, education, public health research or innovation.
Admission to this program happens in the fall of the M2 year, at which time the students should have found a mentor and developed a research proposal. Applications are reviewed by the James Scholar Committee, and selected candidates will be notified by October of the M2 year.