The Palais des congrès de Montréal and Fonds de recherche du Québec join forces to support emerging researchers

Once again this year, the Palais des congrès de Montréal Recognition Award Gala and the Fonds de recherche du Québec jointly showcased the researchers of tomorrow by announcing the March winners of Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles (star student researcher) competition. The competition makes it possible to recognize the excellent research being conducted by students and to foster research careers within Québec.


Fonds Nature et technologies
(Fund supporting the natural sciences and engineering)
Farzaneh Mahvash Mohammadi, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Award-winning paper: “Space-Charge Limited Transport in Large-Area Monolayer Hexagonal Boron Nitride,” published in Nano Letters, 2015

Fonds Santé
(Fund supporting the health sciences)
Vincent-Philippe Lavallée, Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine, Université de Montréal
Award-winning paper: “The transcriptomic landscape and directed chemical interrogation of MLL-rearranged acute myeloid leukemias,” published in Nature Genetics, 2015

Fonds société et culture
(Fund supporting the social sciences and humanities, arts and letters)
WhiteFeather Hunter, Graduate Student in Fine Arts, Concordia University
Award-winning paper: “Crafting Biotextiles, a research-creation residency project in the biological arts, August 2014 – November 2015, Australia/Ottawa/Montréal,” published on the WhiteFeather Hunter website, 2015

Funding for prospective and emerging Ambassadors
Palais President and CEO Raymond Larivée seized the gala event to announce the creation of Bourse Relève, a scholarship fund aimed at encouraging researchers to get involved in attracting international conventions to Montréal, to be hosted at the Palais. Jointly administered by the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Ambassadors Club, the fund will reward student researchers who actively embrace undertaking such as endeavour, and thus help generate significant intellectual benefits in the process.