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Announcement of the February winners of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award

Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the February winners of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Award winner, Fonds Nature et technologies

Michel Lavoie, PhD student in Water Sciences, INRS
Winning article: Influence of Essential Elements on Cadmium Uptake and Toxicity in a Unicellular Green Alga: the Protective Effect of trace Zinc and cobalt concentrations
Published in: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 31(7):1445-52, July 2012

Award winner, Fonds Santé

Jean-Baptiste Pingault, postdoctoral student in Social and Preventive Medecine, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Childhood trajectories of inattention, hyperactivity and oppositional behaviors and prediction of substance abuse/dependence: a 15-year longitudinal population-based study
Published in: Molecular Psychiatry, 06-2012

Award winner, Fonds Société et culture

Leslie Tomory, postdoctoral researcher in History, McGill University
Winning article: Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry, 1780–182
Published in: MIT Press, March 2012

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 de recherche du Québec. Every month, each Fund will award $1000 to a student researcher.

M. Quirion sends his congratulations to the winners.


Benoit Sévigny
Director of Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Fonds de recherche du Québec
514 864-1619