James Scholar Honors Program


Since at least the 1950’s the University of Illinois has encouraged outstanding undergraduate students by offering participation in the James Scholar Honors Program. At present, each college has a James Scholar Honors Program for their undergraduate students.

The programs are named for Edmund J. James, the fourth president of the University of Illinois. James believed scholarship and research are fundamental to human progress. In the years of his presidency (1904-1920), he brought world-class scholars and researchers to the campus and fostered a sense of community among faculty and students. His achievements helped to transform the University of Illinois into a campus of international importance.

School of Social Work James Scholar Honors Program

In the School of Social Work, we value exploration in its many forms. This spirit of discovery is built into our James Scholar Honors Program, as our high-achieving students explore their many passions, interests, and talents. Dr. Jan Carter-Black, BSW Professor and James Scholar Coordinator, will work to create opportunities for BSW honor students to conduct individual research projects. The research projects pair students with a faculty mentor who have similar research interests.

Who can become a James Scholar?

  • Continuing DGS students who are not already James Scholars may self-nominate with a 3.60 cumulative Illinois GPA.
  • All qualified students will receive an email invitation from the Honors Director at the start of the semester.
  • James Scholar students who transfer into DGS from other colleges on campus maintain their honors designation, assuming all requirements were met through their previous college.