American Society of Hematology

HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation)

The ASH HONORS Award will contribute to the development of the next generation of hematologists by supporting talented medical students and residents to conduct hematology research. The award program has the following objectives:

  1. Support the conduct of hematology research by medical students and residents.
  2. Introduce medical students and residents to the hematology research community.
  3. Encourage medical students and residents to continue research careers in hematology.

The HONORS Award is intended for medical students and residents (residents are defined as trainees who have not yet entered a hematology-related training program) in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with an interest in hematology research. The award will provide the recipient with a $5,000 stipend to conduct either a short hematology research project for a maximum of three months, or a longer hematology research project between three and 12 months. The stipend will be distributed in installments, the last of which is dependent upon the receipt of the final report submitted by the recipient. All recipients will also receive $1,000 each year for two years to support attendance at the ASH annual meeting.

Timeline

Applications are dueFebruary 21, 2014
Notification of awardsMay 2014
Travel Award check requests form due for first ASH Annual MeetingOctober 15, 2014
Short project final report dueOctober 1, 2014
Long project final report dueAugust 1, 2015
Travel Award check request form due for second ASH Annual MeetingOctober 15, 2015
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Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be members of ASH in good standing at the time the application is submitted and remain members of ASH in good standing for the duration of the award funding period. Please see our membership page for more information or contact customerservice@hematology.org.
  • Submit a complete application form.
  • Be an MD or DO medical student in an LCME (or its equivalent) accredited institution in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Be enrolled in an ACGME or RCPSC (or their equivalent) accredited training programs in the United Stated, Canada, or Mexico and not yet entered into a hematology-related training program.
  • Be enrolled and active in an educational program at the time of application and for the duration of the award term.
  • Be working on a hematology project (i.e., adult hematology, pediatric hematology/oncology, hematopathology, blood banking/transfusion medicine), in either laboratory research or clinical investigation for the duration of the award term.
  • Have a research mentor who is a member in good standing of ASH at the time the application is submitted and remain a member of ASH for the duration of the HONORS Award term.

Fellows, graduate students (including medical students who are in a combined medical or scientific masters program), MD/PhD students, PhD students, medical students, or residents who have already earned a PhD in a biomedical field, and individuals not enrolled in an educational program are ineligible for the HONORS Award.

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Home Mentor Responsibilities

Each applicant will need to select a research mentor at the institution where the research is being performed. The research mentor will be an active ASH member who will oversee the progress and work of the award recipient. Mentors will assist in completing the program application, aid the recipient in his/her research, and ensure that the recipient meets all deadlines including those of the award summaries.back to top

Application Process

The application deadline for the ASH HONORS Award has passed.

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • The file should be named in the following format: HONORS Award Last name-First name Application 2014.pdf
  • Only ONE submission will be accepted. No updates, revisions, changes, or additions will be accepted or considered.
  • All submissions MUST include the required documents listed below, in the order below, and be submitted as one PDF file to be accepted or considered.
    • Complete HONORS Award Application Form
    • Trainee Biosketch- Standard NIH format (4 page limit)
    • Mentor Biosketch- Standard NIH format (4 page limit)
    • Mentor Letter of Support (1 page limit at 12 point font with .5 inch margins)
    • Personal statement of applicant outlining career development plan, significance of hematology regarding future career, and impact of HONORS Award (2 page limit at 12 point font with .5 inch margins)
    • Research Proposal (all six requirements combined cannot exceed a 2 page limit at 12 point font with .5 inch margins)
      1. Scientific Question
      2. Background to Project
      3. Proposed Method
      4. Anticipated Results
      5. Expected Timeline (Date the trainee will complete his/her work on the project)
      6. Significance
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Application Evaluation

Each eligible application will be reviewed by the study section based on the following criteria:

  • The proposed research project’s relevance to hematology.
  • The interest the applicant has in hematology and likelihood hematology will be chosen as a specialty.
  • The quality of the research project.
  • The mentorship available and provided to the trainee.
  • Qualifications, experience, and level of involvement of the trainee for their level of education.

No more than one award will be granted at each level of training (i.e., medical student or resident) for any given institution.

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Award Amount

Research Award Funds

The institution at which the award recipient will conduct his/her project will receive $5,000 to use to support the award recipient's work on a hematology-relevant research project.

Research awards will be paid directly to the participating institution of the home mentor, not to the mentor or the recipient. Research awards are intended to defray the cost of the recipient’s contributions to the research project. Funds can be used to provide the trainee a stipend and any supplies for the purposes of conducting the research. Indirect costs (i.e. facilities and administration costs) are not allowed for any ASH HONORS Award.

Annual Meeting Travel Funds

ASH will offer travel awards to recipients of the HONORS Award to attend the ASH annual meeting for two years starting the year the award is received.

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Annual Meeting Event

An orientation breakfast for the award recipients will be held at the ASH annual meeting. During the breakfast, members of the Committee on Training and the Trainee Council will be available to discuss specific areas of research as well as give award recipients advice on specific meetings, sessions, abstracts, or posters at the annual meeting which may be related to their area of interest.back to top

Award Terms

  • Receipt of a HONORS Award does not include or require an ASH annual meeting abstract submission.
  • If selected for an award, the trainee will agree to cite support from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in any publication or poster describing research conducted during the award period.
  • Research award funds cannot be deferred and are non-transferable.
  • No-cost extensions may be requested by a recipient if needed. A letter must be submitted by the mentor in writing to the Committee on Training's Awards Subcommittee chair asking for a no-cost extension. It will be at the discretion of the Awards Subcommittee and the study section chair to approve of the request. Any requests should be mailed to ASH with attention to the Training Department or emailed to training@hematology.org.
  • The HONORS Award is intended for medical students and residents in the United States, Canada, or Mexico to conduct hematologic research.
  • Any visa and citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the HONORS Award are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • All funds must be used to provide the award recipient a stipend and any supplies for the purposes of conducting the research submitted in the application. Indirect costs (i.e. facilities and administration costs) are not allowed for any ASH HONORS Award. Violation will result in the revocation of the award funds.
  • Research awards may also be used for the student or resident to shadow a hematologist at the discretion of the mentor.
  • Short project (up to three months) awardees are required to submit a final report of their work at end of the project. Once the report is received and reviewed, the second installment of the award will be mailed to the institution. The final report is due October 1, 2014.
  • Long project (three to 12 months) awardees are required to submit a final report of their work at the end of the project. Once the report is received and reviewed, the second installment of the award will be mailed to the institution. The final report is due August 1, 2015.
  • Recipients will be eligible for a $1,000 travel award to attend the ASH annual meeting for the year they receive the award and a $1,000 travel award for the year following the year they receive the award. If the recipient cannot attend the annual meeting he/she will need to notify ASH, in writing. Regardless of whether the recipient attends the first annual meeting, each recipient will also be eligible for the travel award for the year following the year after the award is received. If the recipient is unable to attend the year he/she receives the award, he/she may request, in writing, for the award to be deferred for one year. If the recipient is unable to attend the ASH annual meeting the year following the award no deferment may be made.
  • The travel award is non-transferable.
  • Travel awards will only be issued to those attending the ASH annual meeting and are intended to reimburse recipients for some of the costs associated with attending the ASH annual meeting (i.e., flight, hotel, incidentals). Recipients will also receive complimentary registration for ASH annual meeting for each of the two years they attend. Award recipients will be responsible for making arrangements for travel and hotel for each meeting. For each meeting, travel costs over and above the $1,000 may be reimbursed from the research support award, at the discretion of the mentor.
  • Travel awards will be made payable to the award recipient and checks will be picked up on site at the annual meeting. Recipients are required to complete a Travel Award check request form and submit to ASH by October 15, 2015. Checks that are not picked up on site at the annual meeting will not be mailed and the recipient forfeits the money.
  • Travel award funds for recipients in the United States are taxable. Recipients will be sent an IRS 1099 – MISC and are responsible for any taxes associated with receiving the travel award. ASH does not give tax advice; any questions regarding the award’s taxability should be directed to a tax professional.
  • Applicants and awardees of the 2014 program will be surveyed on their progress. All applicants will be asked to complete a survey at time of application. Survey responses will not be used by the study section in relation to the application review. For those who are chosen for the award a survey will be sent upon project completion. Follow-up surveys will be sent once a year following the completion of the award until a specialty is chosen. By accepting the award the applicant agrees to answer all survey requests.
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Award Reports

Short project (up to three months)

All participating trainees are required to submit a final report of their work at the end of the project. Once the report is received and reviewed, the second installment of the award will be mailed to the institution. The final report is due October 1, 2014.

Trainees may not send ASH annual meeting abstract submissions as their final report. Guidelines for the final report should be strictly adhered to.

Long project (three to 12 months)

All participating trainees are required to submit a final report of their work at the end of the project. Once the report is received and reviewed, the second installment of the award will be mailed to the institution. The final report is due August 1, 2015.

Summaries

All information on the form will need to be completed and a mentor's signature will be required at the bottom of the form. Once ASH staff receives the report forms they will forwarded on to the Committee on Training's Award Subcommittee chair for review and approval. All final reports will need to be approved before the second installment of the award is given.

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Questions

If you have any questions or require any additional information regarding the HONORS Award, please contact training@hematology.org. back to top