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Grad students — make your research stand out

Win $1,000 from the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles competition and Concordia
February 3, 2017
By Meagan Boisse

Looking to get recognized for your hard work? Don’t miss your chance to win $1,000 from the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles competition.

The program is run by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), an organization dedicated to promoting and financially supporting research training throughout the province. The FRQ will award a prize to one graduate student or postdoc from each of its three branches every month in 2017.

That means whether your research focus falls under science, math and engineering, health, or humanities and social sciences, you are eligible to apply. Moreover, you only need to submit your project once and it will stay in the running for the entire year.

Paula Wood-Adams, dean of Graduate Studies, encourages all grad students at Concordia to apply. 

“The chercheurs étoiles recognizes those talented student researchers who strive to bring their ideas forward and communicate them to the public in as open a way as possible,” she says.

“It's an excellent opportunity to forge meaningful connections within Quebec's research community and receive exposure for your work. Not to mention you have 12 shots at winning.”

Only research projects that have been released to the public within seven months of the March 1 deadline will be considered.

Double your chances

Wood-Adams notes that those who apply will become eligible to enter another research competition targeted specifically at Concordia’s grad students.

The Graduate Awards Office recently launched a program that mirrors the chercheurs étoiles called the Stand-Out Graduate Research Award.

Cynthia Raso is manager of Graduate Awards and Postdoctoral Studies at Concordia.

“The chercheurs étoiles program focuses attention on student and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines, and really helps promote the importance of research at the student level,” she says.

“The Stand-Out Award is similarly aimed at allowing graduate students to prepare a dossier that will give them a greater chance of success at the provincial level.”

The $1,000 award is given biannually to two students who show exemplary research capabilities in the categories of  “Person and Society” and “Technology, Industry and the Environment.”

The next deadline is March 15. Applicants must also have entered the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles competition. Those who are successful in both competitions will receive an extra $500.

Apply for the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles prize by March 1 and Concordia’s Stand-Out Graduate Research Award by March 15.

Find out more about Concordia’s School of Graduate Studies.


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