The first edition of the Annual Student Recruitment Event of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was held from June 19 to 22, 2014, on the campus of the Université de Montréal. Launched in the fall of 2013 with the goal of recruiting the brightest hopes in the field of biomedical research, the international competition hosted 41 candidates seeking to pursue high-level training in cancer research and to contribute actively to the research activities conducted at IRIC. The candidates retained by a selection committee were chosen from among 114 applicants hailing from 15 countries and 25 universities.

The excitement generated by the first edition of the competition surpassed our objectives by far,” points out Patrick Lacasse, project manager for student recruitment and the person responsible for the activity. “In addition, this competition demonstrates that, given the outstanding quality of the participants’ academic records, their previous research contributions and their great determination to be part of IRIC, the new generation of scientists in cancer research is truly flourishing.

”With their innovative interactive formula, the three days of activities organized at IRIC offered participants the chance to visit its laboratories and its core facilities, to meet and discuss with investigators and their students, to find out about graduate programs and the master’s and doctoral projects offered, and to participate in one-on-one interviews with the researchers of their choice. Further to their three-day stay, a number of them are being offered a master’s or doctoral project by one or more IRIC researchers that is complemented by an annual $20,000 scholarship.

“The programming offered and the 170 individual interviews held by our researchers made it possible to lay out for participants the many advantages IRIC offers them from the point of view of their training, and also to speak to their scientific interests,” adds Sébastien Carréno, Principal Investigator at IRIC, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at UdeM and chairman of the organizing committee for the recruiting event. “This new recruiting activity is a winning formula, as much for the students as for the researchers, and will produce important benefits in both the short and the long term.”

The success of this competition confirms once again that IRIC and the Université de Montréal enjoy an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally and possess the assets needed to attract the best students in search of top-level scientific training in cancer research.

Students recruited as a result of this activity will begin their training at IRIC in the next year. Details about the 2015 edition of IRIC’s Annual Student Recruitment Competition will be unveiled during the month of September 2014.

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Participants and members of the organizing committee
of the 2014 IRIC Annual Student Recruitment Event


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 more information: