Minority Medical Student Award Program
The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) 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 American Society of Hematology (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 2014 MMSAP recipients.
Participants receive the following support:
- A stipend of $5,000
- $2,500 at the start of the research experience, $1,250 during the middle, and $1,250 at the completion of the 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
|Request a Mentor Deadline||January 2, 2015|
|Application Deadline||March 10, 2015|
|Award Winners Notified||Late April 2015|
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, Innuit, and First Nation Peoples. Thus, applicants must self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool.
Applicants must be within their first or second year of medical school, enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school programs and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
Request a Mentor:
- If you are interested in applying for the ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program but do not have a research mentor, you may request to be matched with a mentor. To make your request, please complete the Request a Mentor Form.
Interested applicants in the MMSAP are also encouraged to independently seek out a research mentor and submit an application. For answers to questions, please email@example.com.
- 2015 application
- List of institutions where MMSAP participants have conducted summer research projects
- Note about letters of recommendation
- Applicants will need to submit three letters of recommendation:
- Letter from the dean of your medical school
- Letter from an advisor or medical school instructor
- Letter of endorsement from your research mentor
- 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.
For more information visit the program's website (http://www.hematology.org/Awards/Medical-Student/383.aspx). Questions or requests for additional information regarding the MMSAP can be directed to the ASH Awards Department firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-776-0544.