*Editor’s Note: the money total from the award has been changed to accurately reflect the correct total
For the first time in school history, an MSU student, Sophia Harvey, was presented with the 2013 Minority Medical Student Award by the American Society of Hematology-, or ASH.
Harvey, a second-year medical student at the College of Human Medicine expressed happiness after being chosen to receive the prestigious award.
“I am appreciative and grateful (for) this experience that the American Society of Hematology has afforded to me,” Harvey said.
ASH supports minority students by offering this annual award to encourage research in hematology.
Talking about the work that went into applying for this award, Harvey said her research mentors helped her through the process.
“The application was challenging but we have research mentors guiding us,” she said. “It took a week to complete the application itself.”
Harvey is conducting research on the effects of natural killer cell development in acute myeloid leukemia.
Meley Gebremedhin, awards coordinator at ASH, said the award provides an eminent and gratifying experience in research to the recipient. Harvey’s background and experience made her a deserving candidate for the award.
“This is an extremely prestigious award and is very rewarding,” Gebremedhin said. “It gives medical students the opportunity to work with a profound hematologist.”
Gebremedhin said the award will give Harvey funding to continue research in her area of study. According to the ASH website, $5,000 will go toward research and travel, attending and presenting at the annual ASH meeting.