Promising Minority Medical Students Selected for Hematology Research Program

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) today announced the names of 15 medical students selected to participate in its Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) for 2012.

Recipients of this award, which encourages minority medical students to pursue an interest in hematology research, will be paired with both research and career-development mentors that will help them design and execute a hematology-related research project. The program is offered to medical students from the United States and Canada in their first or second year of their DO, MD, or MD/PhD programs.

During an eight- to 12-week summer research program, these bright medical students will work closely with their mentors on research projects investigating topics such as sickle cell disease, leukemia, lymphoma, and angiogenesis. The 2012 MMSAP recipients will receive a stipend of $5,000 to conduct their research, which they will present at the 54th ASH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, December 10-12, 2012.

This award is one of several programs under ASH’s Minority Recruitment Initiative, which is designed to increase the number of minority medical scholars in hematology.

“ASH’s MMSAP demonstrates the Society’s commitment to ensuring that traditionally underrepresented minority groups have opportunities to experience hematology early in their careers,” said ASH President Armand Keating, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. “Our hope is that these promising students will be inspired to pursue further research in hematology based on this experience, ultimately helping to propel discoveries that will improve the care of patients with blood diseases.”

Upon completion of the research year, students will have the option of participating in an additional hematology research experience in a subsequent year of medical school in order to continue their involvement with ASH and remain engaged in the study of hematology.

In addition to their one-on-one mentoring experiences, research stipend, and receipt of a travel allowance to attend the 2012 ASH Annual Meeting, 2012 MMSAP participants will also receive complimentary subscriptions to Blood, the official journal of ASH, and The Hematologist, the Society’s newsletter.

The 2012 MMSAP award recipients are as follows:

  • Jeneba Abass-Shereef, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Rhae Battles, Meharry Medical School
  • Hewan Belete, University of Minnesota
  • Ryanne Ashley Brown, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Natalia Cintron, Universidad Central del Caribe
  • Guensley Delva, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Laurette Femnou, Johns Hopkins University
  • William Courtland Lewis, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Michelle Long, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Shannalee Rene Martinez, Loma Linda University
  • Myntee T. Ngangana, The Ohio State University
  • Ifeanyi Nzegwu, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Elisa Quiroz, Ponce School of Medicine
  • Lynda Villagomez, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Tatiana Melissa Villatoro, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

To arrange an interview with a MMSAP recipient, please contact Lindsey Love, ASH Communications Assistant, at 202-552-4925 or

The American Society of Hematology is the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood, the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.