The Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award (MGSAAA) is the third component of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative following the Minority Medical Student Award Program and the ASH-AMFDP. The goal of the Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award is to attract and/or retain minority PhD students to the field of hematology through the ASH annual meeting. At this meeting, students will have the opportunity to hear the latest advances in hematology-related research, and interact with ASH leadership, senior researchers, and minority physicians, scientists, and students.
About the Program
Students who are selected for the Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award will already be conducting hematology-related research, and must submit an abstract to the annual ASH meeting that is accepted for oral or poster presentation.
Students will be encouraged to remain involved with ASH throughout graduate school, in an effort to keep them engaged in the study of hematology.
Recipients are eligible to apply for additional Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Awards in subsequent years, as long as they are still eligible.back to top
Participants will receive the following financial support:
Participants will also receive complimentary online subscriptions to Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, as well as The Hematologist, the Society's newsletter, during all of their remaining graduate school years.back to top
For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada, including American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples. Thus, applicants must self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool.
In addition, applicants must be:
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- Enrolled in a graduate-level course of study at a school or institution in the U.S. or Canada leading to a PhD degree. Applicants must be within the first five (5) years of their PhD program.
- Engaged in research under the direction of an ASH member.
- An author on an abstract submitted to the ASH annual meeting that is accepted for poster or oral presentation. Please note that priority is given to first and senior authors.
- Students pursuing their masters are not eligible.
To be considered for a Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award, you must submit the following:
- An abstract to the ASH annual meeting in the Graduate Student category. Applicants must review the rules for abstract submission to submit their abstract online. Abstracts must be submitted by the deadline in early August.
- A Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award Program application, which must be submitted online. Please note that the application deadline is one day after the ASH Abstract deadline.
- Letter of endorsement from Research Mentor/PI (required).
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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification
Abstracts submitted to the ASH annual meeting will be scored by the appointed abstract reviewers through the regular abstract review process. Abstracts will not be flagged as being from minority PhD students at any point through the abstract review process.
Program applications (not abstracts) will be reviewed by the Committee on Promoting Diversity. A copy of each abstract, as well as its score, will be provided to Committee members in the course of their review.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
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- Research (academic potential)
- Interest in hematology
- Quality of the Abstract
Anyone meeting the eligibility requirements set forth above can submit an application. The review of the Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award applications is based solely on the scientific merit of the abstract submitted and quality of the applicant. However, in fairness to award programmatic balance, participants are not eligible to receive a Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award and an ASH annual meeting abstract achievement award in the same year.back to top
View the 2016 Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award Winners
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Visit ASH's Corporate Support
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Questions or requests for additional information regarding the Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award can be directed to ASH Awards at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 202-776-0544.
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