Awards take pulse of Quebec star research

Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, announced the May winners of theÉtudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award this morning - it’s a new, monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Award Winner, Fonds Nature et Technologies (Nature and Technology)
Mohammad A. Qasaimeh,
Ph. D. student in Biomedical engineering, McGill University 
Award-winning article: “Microfluidic quadrupole and floating concentration gradient”. Published in Nature Communications, September 6 2011

Award Winner, Fonds Santé (Health)
Sarah Assadian
Ph. D. student in Biochemistry, McGill University, Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre
Award-winning article: “p53 Inhibits Angiogenesis by Inducing the Production of Arresten”. Published in Cancer Research, 72(5), March 1 2012, pages 1270-1279

Award Winner, Fonds Société et Culture (Society and Culture)
Marie-Eve Lang,
Ph. D. student in communication, Université Laval
Award-winning article: “L’agentivité sexuelle des adolescentes et des jeunes femmes : une définition”. Published in Recherches féministes, vol. 24, nº 2, p. 189-209

In addition to promoting careers in research, the competition aims to recognize the exceptional research contributions of college and university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by the three Fonds.

Every month, each Fonds will award $1000 to a student researcher. An overview of the recipient’s project and a photo of the recipient will be featured on the Web site www.frq.gouv.qc.ca.

For the first edition of this competition, the three Fonds received a total of 205 applications: 84 for the Fonds Nature et Technologies, 76 for the Fonds Santé and 45 for the Fonds Société et Culture. “I am very pleased with the response from student researchers, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners” noted Dr. Quirion.