American Society of Hematology

Minority Medical Student Award Program

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The application cycle is now open through January 15, 2018.

Felicia Austin "The MMSAP gave me an opportunity to conduct research with very little experience. The mentorship received during the program is something that is not offered everywhere." Felicia M. Austin, 2015 MMSAP Participant

Are you a minority medical student who has an interest in research and is thinking about specializing in hematology? The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is your chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor.

The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP is designed to introduce minority medical students to hematology and hematology research through one of the following research experiences:

  • Summer research experience for minority medical students between their first and second year of medical school, to be conducted during the summer break (8-12 weeks) with a laboratory- or clinically-based hematology investigator.
  • Flexible research experience for minority medical students in their first, second, or third year of medical school, to be completed over the course of a year (approximately 320-480 hour commitment).
  • Yearlong research experience for minority medical students in between their first and second, second and third, or third and fourth year of medical school. Participants will take a year off from medical school to engage in research full-time.

After the research experience, students attend the ASH annual meeting, which takes place each year in December, to present their research findings at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology Presentations and Reception. Participants may apply for a second research experience and are encouraged to remain involved with ASH throughout medical school and residency to continue on the path to a career in hematology.

Read the ASH press release about the 2017 MMSAP recipients.

Program Benefits

Participants receive the following:

  • A stipend to support their research experience
  • A $1,000 travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting
  • $1,000 after the ASH annual meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event
  • Complimentary ASH membership throughout medical school and residency, which includes subscriptions to Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, and The Hematologist, the Society's newsletter
  • The guidance of a research mentor and a career-development mentor
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Application and Request a Mentor Form AvailableAugust 1, 2017
Request a Mentor DeadlineNovember 15, 2017
Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2018
Award NotificationEarly March 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as a group of people from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada. This includes 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. Applicants are asked to self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool.

Applicants must be in enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school program and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. Applicants who are within their first or second year of medical school may apply as summer research students, while those within their first, second, or third year of medical school have the option of applying as flexible or yearlong research students.

All research projects must be conducted in the contiguous United States or Canada.

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Application Process

Please use the following resources to help guide you through the application process.

Application Requirements

Request a Mentor and Application Instructions:

Applicants must identify a research mentor on their application; the research mentor must be a member of ASH.

  • Request an ASH Mentor
    • If you need ASH's assistance in finding a research mentor, you can submit a Request a Mentor form in the online awards system through November 15, 2017.

    Once the Request a Mentor form is received, applicants will be contacted by a member of the ASH Committee on Promoting Diversity to discuss research interests and provide assistance identifying potential research mentors. The following documents must be sent to the ASH member who will assist with the matching process:

    • CV or biosketch (Standard NIH format)
    • Personal Statement

All applications must be submitted through the ASH online awards system and must include the following to be considered complete:

  • MMSAP Application Form
    • Completed application form
    • Research proposal (3 page limit with the option of 1 additional page of references)
    • Personal Statement
    • Applicant CV or biosketch (Standard NIH format)
    • Mentor biosketch (Standard NIH format)
    • Three* letters of recommendation should be submitted on official letterhead and uploaded in a PDF format
      • Letter from the dean of your medical school
      • Letter from an advisor or medical school instructor
      • Letter of endorsement from your research mentor

Flexible option applicants only: A 12-month timeline/research schedule that shows how the applicant plans to integrate the research project with his/her coursework/clinical rotations over the course of the year.

*Previous recipients of an MMSAP award must also submit a letter of recommendation from their career development mentor.

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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the Committee on Promoting Diversity. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Research (Academic Potential)
  • Leadership/Service
  • Research Mentor/Proposed Project
  • Interest in Hematology

Applicants selected for participation and their mentors will receive official notification of acceptance by late March.

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ASH is seeking members to serve as research and career development mentors for the ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program. Volunteer to be an MMSAP mentor and help shape the future minds of hematology.

Research Mentors

MMSAP research mentors are ASH members who will assume the responsibilities of overseeing the participant's work and progress. Research mentors receive a $2,000 allowance for supplies for each research experience and a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the ASH annual meeting with the student.

The research mentor's responsibilities are primarily to:

  • Assist the applicant with the completion of the program application
  • Aid the participant in the establishment of his/her research experience following award disbursement
  • Complete and submit an evaluation form describing the research experience and providing suggestions regarding program enhancements
  • Assist in the preparation of a short presentation of the participant's research which the participant will present at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event at the ASH annual meeting
  • Attend the ASH annual meeting and the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event in the year of the participant's research experience
  • Encourage the student to continue to explore hematology as a career option

Career Development Mentors

MMSAP career development mentors are ASH members who are available to provide professional guidance, career development, and positive role modeling to participants for the duration of the program. Career development mentors receive a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the ASH annual meeting with the student. The mentor receives this stipend each year that he/she travels to the ASH annual meeting with the student during the student's remaining years of medical school and residency.

Participants will be paired with a career development mentor by the ASH Committee on Promoting Diversity.

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Corporate Support

For more information about supporting the MMSAP, visit ASH's Corporate Support page.back to top


For questions about the MMSAP or requests for additional information, contact the ASH Awards Department at or by phone at 202-776-0544. back to top