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ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative

The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) was created in 2003 to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities training in hematology-related fields and to increase the number of minority hematologists with academic and research appointments.



Minority Recruitment Initiative Programs

The Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award (MGSAAA) is designed to attract and/or retain minority PhD students to the field of hematology through the ASH annual meeting.

The Minority Hematology Graduate Award (MHGA) provides support and offers exposure to academic hematology for doctoral students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school.

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is designed to offer an introductory mentored biomedical research experience to students in medical school.

The Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) provides support for minority resident physicians in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program to conduct hematology focused research.

The Minority Hematology Fellow Award (MHFA) encourages junior researchers to pursue careers in academic hematology by providing research funding and mentorship over a two-to-three year period.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASH-AMFDP) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority scholars from the field of hematology with academic and research appointments.

Featured Spotlight

Dr. Laura Michaelis interviews Dr. Rayne Rouce about her work with children as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, in the lab, her work with advocacy and promoting diversity in health care, and her passion for music that has led to a rap career inspiring youth.

Featured Spotlight

2018 ASH President Dr. Alexis Thompson has a conversation with Dr. Melody Smith about Dr. Smith's experience navigating the ASH career development and leadership pathways to help inspire aspiring hematologists and inform them of all the resources available through ASH.

Photos From Past Events


ASH would like to acknowledge the following companies for the educational grants provided in support of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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Upcoming Deadlines

August 31, 2023
ASH Global Research Award
Letter of Intent Deadline