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Stefanie Valbon, recipient of a grant for her blog ImmunoThoughts

Stefanie Valbon, a student in the laboratory of Dr. Heather Melichar at the Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, recently won a $5,000 scholarship offered by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) as part of the DIALOGUE Program – Volet student succession 2021-2022. The blog project ImmunoThoughts from the doctoral student in microbiology and immunology at the Université de Montréal is one of the twelve projects chosen for this competition.

Curious and passionate about the immune system and its complex mechanisms, Stefanie Valbon wants her blog to generate interest and understanding of cutting-edge research using simple and accessible language.

"I will talk about my current research project but also feature professors and students from different universities. I hope you will like to hear about all the awesome ways our body has put in place to help us fight infection and cancer”, underlines the doctoral student.

To read his blog. (Available in French and in English)

 

Find out more about the DIALOGUE program – Student succession component

With this program, the FRQ want to put communication activities at the forefront and send a mobilizing message to the Quebec scientific community. This program is aimed at both emerging researchers and those with more experience.

The objectives of this competition are to:

  • Recognize the commitment of university students from all research sectors in scientific communication activities with the general public; 
  • Encourage the next generation in research to hold scientific communication activities with the general public;
  • Support the participation of university students in this type of activity, in order to make the research, its results, its approach and its methods better known to the general public, and to arouse interest in science.