The Didier-Dufour Fund was created in 1986 thanks to a donation from Mrs. Ghislaine Simard-Dufour in memory of her husband, a teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, who dedicated several years of his life to cancer research. It was established that the Didier-Dufour Fund would be dedicated to stimulating cancer research by attributing a yearly research grant to an undergraduate student from Laval University’s Science and Engineering Faculty who had a summer internship with Laval University’s Cancer Research Centre.
Eligibility criteria for the Didier-Dufour Grant
To be eligible for the Didier-Dufour Grant, candidates must comply with the following requirements:
- Be a full-time student in the BA program of Laval University’s Science and Engineering Faculty and have completed at least four semesters.
- Have been chosen as a regular research professional at the Cancer Research Centre in order to complete a minimum 12-week internship at the Centre.
The Grant is attributed by the HDQ site’s Student Grand Committee to the CRC summer intern who most distinguishes himself/herself through the quality of his/her academic file, and mainly by his/her cumulative GPA during his/her BA studies in science.
The $5,000 grant will be awarded as follows: $4,500 will be granted to the student for his/her 12-week internship and $500 will be allocated to the research project.
Dr. Louis Belleau was a pioneer in kidney research and nephrology when he established his laboratory in the Laval University Biomedical Centre in the early 70s. He was actually the first in Québec to measure plasma renin activity for his own research projects as well as for all the regional hospital centres. Dr. Belleau then went on to work as a nephrologist at L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec where he founded the Hypertension Clinic. He was also Chief of Nephrology for several years and is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement.
In 2003, to honor Dr. Belleau and his interest in the development of research, as well as for the sum of his career, the nephrology/hypertension research group at HDQ created an award in his name. The Louis-Belleau Award aims to promote this scientist’s work by rewarding the academic excellence and quality of the scientific presentation of a student completing a summer internship within our research group. The winner will receive a $1,500 grant for excellence.
Students who wish to submit their candidacy for this award must meet the following requirements:
- Be registered as a full-time undergraduate university student.
- Have obtained and completed a research internship lasting at least 12 weeks with one of the CHU de Québec Research Centre’s nephrology research teams.
- Produce a poster presentation of their research work.
Last modified on 2015-02-25