On Being a James Scholar – Carey Dachman, B.S., M.D.

September 5, 2012

As an undergraduate, I attended the University of Illinois—and I’m still proud today to say I was a James Scholar.

The James Scholar Honors Program is named after Edmund J. James, the school’s fourth president, who helped bring the university into the international spotlight by inviting world-class academics to participate in campus programs during his tenure. James believed that scholarship and research were essential to human development, and it is this fundamental principle today that continues to allow high-achieving students to explore their passions, their talents, and the potential of their future contributions.
Being a James Scholar is demanding. Students are admitted based on academic achievement and are required to complete two honors courses each academic year, maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. The benefits, however, make it all worthwhile. James scholars have the opportunity to participate in research projects and work individually with faculty members, which can lead to future prospects and valued relationships. Smaller classes, along with social and educational events, create an enriched and unique total experience. Those who excel can ask for nothing more, and should accept nothing less.

Dr. Carey Dachman is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.


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