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Undergraduate Training

Oncology Summer Scholarship Program



The Marie-France Demierre Undergraduate Summer Scholarship of 2012 was established by her husband, Dr. Maurizio V Cattaneo.   The Selection Committee ranked the project proposals, and the following two projects tied for first place.

Congratulations to:

Jules Eustache who submitted " Insights into the Epigenetic Silencing of Gene Expression by Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors in Lymphomas: a Possible Role for the Repressive Histone Mark H3K27me3", under the supervision of Dr. Wilson Miller.

Mingyan Xie who submitted "Role of eIF4E in Drug Resistance in Chronic Lymphocyctic Leukemia (CLL)" under the supervision of Dr. Raquel Aloyz.

It is with deep appreciation that the Department of Oncology announces the Marie-France Demierre Undergraduate Summer Scholarship of 2012 established by her husband, Dr. Maurizio V Cattaneo.

The scholarship was made possible by donations made in honour of the memory of Marie-France Demierre, MDCM’91.

Each spring, the Department of Oncology awards two research bursaries of $2,700 (for an 8 consecutive week project) or $4,050 (for a 12 consecutive week project) to undergraduate faculty of science & social science (psychology, social work...) students interested in pursuing cancer research.  Students work under the supervision of a member of the Oncology Department. 

McGill undergraduate science students at all levels (U0-U4) are eligible to apply, and gain valuable experience in the labs of McGill top cancer researchers.

This award cannot be combined with another scholarship award.

To see one of our 2011 winners' final reports, click on his name:  Jeremy Grenier's;

To see our 2010 winners' final reports, click on their names: Rachel Cotton, Bo Pang, Donat Shaher.

Project Proposal Guidelines

Proposal Requirements:

Students must submit (via fax or email) the application form and a 2-3 page project proposal, addressing the following key points:

  • a clear and concise statement of the aims and objectives of the project;
  • a short summary of the pertinent information, including results of previous research in the field;
  • a statement of the relevance of the project;
  • an outline of the methods to be used, including information about the methods themselves and the use of controls, objectives and research plan;
  • a statement concerning possible difficulties, including factors such as the reliability of the methods that may affect the interpretations of the results; and,
  • a clear indication of your role in the project

The research project must be conducted under the direction of a member of the Department of Oncology (Departmental Supervisors), and must involve scientific experimentation, not simply data collection.

Projects are most likely to be funded if they are clearly relevant to oncology and are strong from the methodological and design point of view. The role of the student must be clearly defined. Unsuccessful applications are those that appear to offer the student a role similar to a research assistant. Students must be able to complete the project within 8 or 12 consecutive weeks.

A few notes about writing your proposal

First: Write it yourself rather than having your supervisor write it for you. (Our Departmental members have participated in this research bursary program for many years, so if you're having problems - don't be afraid to ask for their help!)

Second: Ensure that you are NOT performing the tasks of a research assistant. You must have a role in:

  • the literature search;
  • the formulation and the understanding of the methodology involved (which itself must be of high scientific caliber);
  • the interpretation of the data; and,
  • the writing of your final report.

Awardees are eligible to participate in the Faculty of Medicine's Student Research Day.

For more information,
Naomi Scobie
Scholarship Committee
Gerald Bronfman Centre
546 Pine Avenue West
Montréal, QC H2W 1S6
Phone: (514) 398-2264
Fax: (514) 398-5111