Student Research

Our student community excels at research. It continuously breaks new ground by making remarkable advances in cutting-edge fields. Our students build knowledge through their original research projects. And their hard work and contagious commitment have earned them many awards and distinctions.

PhD student Gabrielle Perras St-Jean won a 2018 Vanier Scholarship for her leadership and outstanding achievements. She walked Montréal’s neighbourhoods on foot to collect data on the obstacles faced by people with intellectual disabilities, on their habits and interactions, and on how they perceive their environment and the use of public space. She hopes to shed light on the needs of this long-neglected group.

Arpent is a consulting firm in urban and land use planning and the social economy that specializes in suburban diversification and soft densification. It was created by students at Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre. Fonds de solidarité FTQ and INRS provided startup backing for the firm, which occasionally hosts INRS interns.

Maude Cloutier, a master’s student in the Experimental Health Sciences program, won the FRQNT Louis-Berlinguet Rising Star Award for her article on the development potential of an effective vaccine against Burkholderia bacteria, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Natural Product Reports. Maude was also accepted as a member of Université du Québec’s Cercle d’excellence as a rising star in organic chemistry research.

INRS’s Clean Nature team took second place in the 2019 AquaHacking Challenge with a smart solution to reduce the vast amounts of salt put down on the roads in winter and address the issue of freshwater contamination. Team members Anne Carabin, Patricia Gomez, and Claudie Ratté-Fortin won a $15,000 grant and a spot in a startup incubator.

Thomas Pacoureau, a PhD candidate in earth sciences, was one of six Québec finalists in the My Northern Project competition. For the final Thomas traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, where he presented his research on carbon biomineralization in Arctic ponds. 

Geolearn, a startup launched by former students from Professor Erwan Gloaguen’s laboratory, has caught the attention of investors and Canadian and international companies. It has qualified as an official federal government supplier in the field of artificial intelligence services. Geolearn specializes in artificial intelligence for earth science applications, including the automated description of drilling cores.  It serves customers in the mining, oil and gas, and environmental industries.

The E-nundation software, creating the company Geosapiens, was created thanks to a student entrepreneur, Hachem Agili, to help assess flood risks and map risk areas.


Geosapiens is another company founded by an enterprising INRS student, Hachem Agili. His E-nundation software, marketed to municipalities in Québec and the rest of Canada, helps officials assess flood risks, accurately estimate physical damage and socioeconomic losses, map flood zone boundaries, and identify key infrastructure requiring priority protection. E-nundation took first place in the 2018 AquaHacking Challenge.

Winner of the June, 2019 Louis-Berlinguet Rising Star Award presented by Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Fan Yang published a noteworthy article in ACS Nano describing his supernanoparticles (SNPs) with surprising properties. Fighting cancer is one of the possible applications of his INRS PhD project on energy and material sciences.

Luis Romero Cortés, PhD (Telecommunications), worked with Professor José Azaña to show the effectiveness of a groundbreaking invisibility cloak that can completely hide an object under broadband illumination. He coauthored an article on their findings in Optica.

Energy and Material Science PhD Samuel Beaulieu was awarded the prestigious Banting Fellowship. In 2018 his work on the chirality of molecules was featured in Québec Science magazine’s list of top discoveries. He was presented with the Governor General’s Academic Medal and an INRS Director General’s Award for Academic Excellence at the 2019 convocation ceremony. He also won the French Physics Society’s Saint-Gobain Young Researcher Award. Samuel is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany.

A recipient of the Louis-Berlinguet Rising Star Award in 2018, Energy and Material Science PhD candidate Shengyun Huang designed transparent electrodes that will significantly enhance the performance of smart windows and other optoelectronic systems. His work has been published in Advanced Energy Materials.

PhD graduate Christian Reimer is the recipient of a 2018 Vanier Scholarship. While studying for his PhD in quantum optics at INRS, he wrote 16 articles in leading journals and 6 patent applications. In addition he won the 2018 CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the nanofabrication of complex materials at Harvard University, United States.

Top photo : Energy and Material Science PhD Samuel Beaulieu