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From left to right: Jennifer Jean-Louis, Fiona Dickson, Gabriela Bernal Astrain, Anne-Sophie Castonguay, Sarah Mirza, Jay Yin, Megan Wheatley, Trevor Henderson, Megan Fass, Badr Sokrat, Marie Ashley Ste-Croix, Kevin Fortier, Luc StLaurent, Niklas von Krosigk, Mégane Tanguay, Jeanne Chan, and Michelle Barbagallo. Absent from the photo: Olivia Paserin, Thomas Dodsworth

For a sixth consecutive year, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at Université de Montréal (UdeM) welcomed in June the 19 winners of this year’s edition of the IRIC Next Generation Awards program.

This undergraduate scholarship program gives Canadian students a chance at an internship with a research team working at a world-renowned institute. With a strong interest for cancer research and exceptional academic record, the winners of the IRIC Next Generation Awards were given two options: either a $4,250 scholarship for a 12-week internship or a $5,670 scholarship for a 16-week internship. Those awards are made possible thanks to the participants and donors in IRIC Great Challenges against Cancer, an event held annually in support of IRIC’s Perseverance Challenge Fund, which includes a generous donation from Fondation Famille Diane et Léon Gosselin.

“With this program, IRIC’s objective is two-fold: first, we hope to raise awareness about the quality and diversity of the research projects proposed by our investigators to the next generation of Canadian scientists; and second, we also aspire to give promising students a complete immersion in the academic research field to encourage them to pursue their graduate education experience at IRIC,” explains Martine Raymond, Director of Academic Affairs at IRIC.

“In addition to be entrusted with projects which allow them to contribute actively to cancer research work, the program award winners take part in the whole range of activities carried out at the Institute and have a chance to live to the rhythm of master’s and doctoral students,” emphasizes Valérie De Rop, Coordinator, Student Recruitment at IRIC. “In particular, they took part in the team meetings of their host laboratories; the classes of our Summer School in Systems Biology; the activities of our annual Student Recruitment Event; the various scientific conferences organized by the Institute; and the many social events hosted by the IRIC Student Association (AEIRIC).”

All members of IRIC extend their congratulations to the 2016 winners of the IRIC Next Generation Awards program.

2016 Winners

MICHELLE BARBAGALLO, BSc Honours in Biochemistry at Concordia University
12-week internship under the supervision of Sylvain Meloche

GABRIELA BERNAL ASTRAIN, BSc Honours in Biochemistry at Carleton University
16-week internship under the supervision of Matthew J. Smith

ANNE-SOPHIE CASTONGUAY, BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the Université de Montréal
12-week internship under the supervision of Claude Perreault

JEANNE CHAN, BSc Honours in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the supervision of Benjamin Kwok

FIONA DICKSON, BSc Honours in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo
16-week internship under the supervision of Pierre Thibault

THOMAS DODSWORTH, BSc in Pharmacology at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the supervision of Michel Bouvier

MEGAN FASS, BSc in Science at the University of British Columbia
12-week internship under the supervision of Sébastien Lemieux

KEVIN FORTIER, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the supervision of Trang Hoang

TREVOR HENDERSON, BSc Honours in Microbiology at the University of Victoria
16-week internship under the supervision of Sylvie Mader

JENNIFER JEAN-LOUIS, BSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the supervision of Benjamin Kwok

SARAH MIRZA, BSc – Major in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University
12-week internship under the supervision of Guy Sauvageau

OLIVIA PASERIN, BSc in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University
12-week internship under the supervision of Sébastien Lemieux

BADR SOKRAT, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the supervision of Michel Bouvier

MARIE ASHLEY STE-CROIX, BSc Honours and Co-op in Genetics at the University of Manitoba
16-week internship under the supervision of Étienne Gagnon

LUC ST-LAURENT, BSc – Major in Biology at McGill University
16-week internship under the supervision of Vincent Archambault

MÉGANE TANGUAY, Medicine, Université de Montréal.
10-week internship under the supervision of Guy Sauvageau (award declined)

NIKLAS VON KROSIGK, BSc – Major in Cellular Biology at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the supervision of Jean-Claude Labbé

MEGAN WHEATLEY, BSc – Major in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the supervision of Guy Sauvageau

JAY YIN, BSc Honours in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the supervision of Alain Verreault

 

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For further information

About the Perseverance Challenge Fund

Established in 2010, the Perseverance Challenge Fund of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at Université de Montréal was set up with the purpose to fund two merit scholarships, each with the aim to recruit and train the best young scientists from around the world to the field of cancer research. The IRIC Next Generation Awards program was created for undergraduate students interested in an internship at IRIC with the goal to pursue graduate studies. The Perseverance Awards program is open to graduate students in Systems Biology whose education alternates between theoretical and practical instructions. The Perseverance Challenge Fund is an initiative of Dr. Robert Patenaude, IRIC’s spokesperson and founder of IRIC Great Challenges against Cancer. IRIC extends its thanks to all participants and donors of the Perseverance Challenge Fund and acknowledges in particular the generosity of Fondation Famille Diane et Léon Gosselin.

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Olivier Dilain
Communication and media relations advisor
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer│IRIC
Université de Montréal
olivier.dilain@umontreal.ca 514-343-7283