James Scholar Program

Selected students will be provided the opportunity to participate in the James Scholar program, an honors program in research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

Outstanding students are encouraged to expand their intellectual curiosity, take self-direction in learning and support their pursuit of a research project in an area of interest in medicine. James Scholars must meet stringent entrance criteria, demonstrate increased academic rigor and complete a research project.

Completion of the James Scholar program is a significant achievement that is recognized at graduation.

Criteria for Admission

  • Completion of the application process. All students are welcome to apply for the program, but a maximum of 25% of the class will be selected, based on the James Scholar committee’s review of applications.
  • Good academic standing.
  • A high level of maturity and self-motivation.
  • Interest in pursuing problems in greater depth than possible in conventional studies.

James Scholar Program Handbook

The James Scholar Program Handbook will be updated soon!

Philosophy of an Honors Program

The aim of an honors program is to challenge the best students to the limits of their capacity by matching them with experienced faculty who share their interests. Encouragement and opportunity are needed to assure that the brightest students will be challenged during their education in becoming competent physicians.

For more information contact:

Office of Research
tel. (815)395-5733