American Society of Hematology

Minority Medical Student Award Program

The application for the Minority Medical Student Award Program is now available. The deadline for submission of applications is February 1, 2017.

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP), part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, is an 8- to 12-week research experience for students from the United States and Canada in their early years of medical school. As part of this experience, students collaborate with an ASH member who serves as their research mentor. Program participants are also paired with an ASH member who serves as a career development mentor throughout the participants' medical schooling and residency.

At the end of the research experience, students present their findings at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology Presentations at the ASH annual meeting. After the research year, the students remain involved with ASH throughout medical school and residency to keep them engaged in the study of hematology and to help them gain valuable knowledge in the field. In addition, students who participate in this program may apply to the program for a second summer research experience.

Read the ASH press release about the 2016 MMSAP recipients.

Program Benefits

Participants receive the following support:

  • A stipend of $5,000 to support participants during their summer research experience.
    • A $2,000 allowance for travel to the ASH annual meeting held in early December.
      • $1,000 for attending the annual meeting
      • $1,000 for a short presentation about the research experience at a special reception
    • Complimentary subscriptions to Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, as well as The Hematologist, the Society's newsletter, during medical school and residency years.
    • The guidance of a research and career-development mentor.
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    Application AvailableAugust 17, 2016
    Request a Mentor Application DeadlineOctober 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m., PST
    Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., PST
    Award Winners NotifiedLate March 2017
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    Eligibility Requirements

    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.

    Applicants must be in enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school program and be citizens or permanent residents of the contiguous United States or Canada. Those 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 research students.

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    Application Process

    Request a Mentor:

    • Applicants can request ASH's assistance in finding a mentor by submitting a Request a Mentor form in the online awards system.


    • Completed application form
    • Three letters of recommendation
      (current/alumni MMSAP participants must submit four letters of recommendation)
      • All letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead:
        1. Letter from the dean of your medical school
        2. Letter from an advisor or medical school instructor
        3. Letter of endorsement from your research mentor
        4. Current/Alumni MMSAP Participants Only: Letter from your career development mentor
    • Flexible Option Applicants Only: A completed ASH 12 month flexible research schedule.
    • Applicants must identify a research mentor on the application; the research mentor must be a member of ASH.
      • If needed, ASH will assist applicants with finding a research mentor through the request a mentor process (summer applicants only) .
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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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    Prospective Mentors

    ASH is recruiting research and career development mentors for the MMSAP. In order to serve as a research mentor, one must be an ASH member who can assume the responsibilities of overseeing the MMSAP participant's work and progress. Career development mentors are ASH members who are available to provide professional guidance, career development, and positive role modeling.

    Volunteer to be a MMSAP mentor

    Mentor Responsibilities

    Research Mentors

    MMSAP research mentors are ASH members who will assume the responsibilities of overseeing the participant's work and progress. Research mentors receive an allowance of $2,000 for supplies for each research experience and an allowance of $1,000 for attendance at the ASH annual meeting. The research mentor's responsibilities are primarily to:

    • Assist the medical student with the completion of the program application.
    • Aid the participant in the establishment of their 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 at the annual Promoting Minorities in Hematology event during the ASH annual meeting.
    • Attend the annual Promoting Minorities in Hematology event during the ASH annual meeting in the year of the participant's research experience.
    • Encourage a career in hematology.

    Career Development Mentors

    Career development mentors are ASH members who must be available to participate for the duration of the program. Participants will be paired with a career development mentor by the Society's Committee on Promoting Diversity. For the purpose of this program, mentoring is defined as the process of guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others. The key roles of a mentor include, but are not limited to, providing intellectual growth and development, career development, professional guidance, advocacy, and positive role modeling.

    Career development mentors receive a $1,000 stipend for traveling to the ASH annual meeting with the student. In addition, the career development mentor receives an additional $1,000 stipend each time he/she travels to the ASH annual meeting with the student during the student's remaining years of medical school and residency.

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    Corporate Support

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    Questions or requests for additional information regarding the MMSAP can be directed to the ASH Awards Department at or by phone at 202-776-0544. back to top