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ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides medical students who come from communities underserved and underrepresented in hematology in the United States and Canada with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately, advance their careers. As part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, the MMSAP aims to expand the program’s reach to the next generation of hematologists.

Applicants must have a research mentor who is an ASH member in good standing and may choose from one of three project options with varying program benefits. The summer project option requires an eight- to 12-week commitment; the flexible project requires a commitment of approximately 320 to 480 hours over the course of a year; and the yearlong project requires participants to take a year off from school to engage in research full-time.

The following ASH-Allistair Abraham MRI Award is also part of the MMSAP program:

ASH-Allistair Abraham MRI Award
The ASH-Allistair Abraham MRI Award, named for Allistair Abraham, MD, honors Dr. Abraham’s significant contributions to ASH and the field of hematology. He has contributed through his service as a member of the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a mentor to MMSAP students, an advocate, and representative of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, and an academic researcher focused on Sickle Cell Disease, a hematologic disease that is a scientific and health disparities priority of ASH.

Dr. Abraham is an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also an attending physician and researcher in the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC where he directs the sickle cell transplant program.

The ASH-Allistair Abraham MRI Award recognizes the highest-scoring MMSAP award recipient.

Key Dates

Application Available August 2024
 Mentor Request Deadline November 1, 2024
Application Deadline February 14, 2025 (8:00a.m. Eastern time)
Award Notification April/May 2025


For questions about the ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program, please contact [email protected].

For information about supporting the award, contact the Corporate Relations team at [email protected] or 202-776-0544.

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