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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 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.
- Request a Mentor: Nov. 15, 2019
- Full Applications: Jan. 15, 2020
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 research students.
All research projects must be conducted in the contiguous United States or Canada.
Participants receive the following:
- A $5,000 stipend to support their summer 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 subscriptions during medical school and residency 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