James Scholar Program for Independent Study

James Scholar Program 


Application Deadline: October 10, 2016.

If you have questions, contact Terra Clark, Medical Education Program Coordinator in the Office of Curricular Affairs at 312-996-5751 or tclark27@uic.edu. The program director is Dr. Lisa Razzano at razzano@uic.edu.




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. Good academic standing (promotion to M2 year means you’re in good academic standing)
2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), prior research experience should be mentioned
3. Personal statement (detail how being in the program will affect professional development)
4. Project Abstract
5. Summary of research project

6. Recommendation letter

7. Interview


Scoring to 100 points:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Prior research experience should be highlighted.


5 points

Personal Statement


Five points for each of these categories:


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

15 points

Project Abstract

150 words or less.


5 points

Summary of Research Project

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 11 point font.


  1. 1.1. Literature Review
  2. 2.2. Current Level of Collaboration
  3. 3.3. Proposed Methods
  4. 4.4. Relevant Analytic/Evaluation Strategies
  5. 5.5. Anticipated Results
  6. 6.6. Planned Outcomes & Outputs
  7. 7.7. Sustainability into Professional Career


50 points

Recommendation letter

Letter of support from your research mentor, 1-2 pages.


  1. 1.1. Summary of Collaboration
  2. 2.2. Role in Supporting Student
  3. 3.3. How Project Extends Previous Work

15 points


In person interview

10 points


James Scholar Timeline:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – Fall Information Session

Monday, October 10, 2016 – Applications due

Tuesday November 1, 2016 – Interview Day (morning)

Friday November 4, 2016 – Applicants notified of results

April 2017 – Spring research progress reports due

October 2107 – Fall research progress reports due



Dr. Lisa Razzano (razzano@psych.uic.edu) Director of the James Scholar Program.

Terra Clark (tclark27@uic.edu – 312.996.5751) Medical Education Program Coordinator, Curricular Affairs.

Email all components of the completed application to Terra by the October 10 deadline.