The American Society of Hematology recognized abstract presenters who received the highest ranking in their categories of undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident physician, and postdoctoral fellow. Merit Award winners receive a $500 honorarium plus annual meeting travel reimbursement. This year’s 2008 ASH Merit Award for an undergraduate student was Emily Devlin, B.A. for her abstract A Mouse Model for Diamond-Blackfan Anemia Demonstrates a Dominant Negative Effect of a Point Mutation in the RPS19 Gene. We are pleased to congratulate Emily and proud to financially support the research she and Dr. Bodine are conducting.