University of Ottawa acknowledges two emerging research stars

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The University of Ottawa is delighted to announce Jean-François Bureau and Howard Rundle as recipients of this year's Young Researcher of the Year Awards. The awards are presented annually to two University of Ottawa faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to research and student mentorship.

“The research community is thrilled to recognize these two very promising young researchers. Their dedication in the lab and the classroom is what makes the University of Ottawa a top research institute in Canada and abroad,” declared Vice-President, Research, Mona Nemer.  

Jean-François Bureau is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and is rapidly becoming recognized as a leading expert in child and adult relationships. His work looks specifically at attachment patterns in toddlers, school-aged children and teens, along with their influence on social-affective and cognitive development. Professor Bureau has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has distinguished himself as highly involved and enthusiastic teacher.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Howard Rundle has established himself as an outstanding researcher in evolutionary biology. Although interested in diverse topics in evolutionary ecology, Professor Rundle mainly dedicates himself to understanding how natural and sexual selections interact during adaptation in the Australian fruit fly. He is well on the way to being recognized as a world leader in this field. His outstanding work in the lab is also reflected in the classroom, where he is an exemplary teacher and is proving to be a shining example to his students.

The Young Researcher of the Year Awards were created in 1995 to recognize excellence and encourage leadership and innovation. Each award is accompanied by a $10,000 research grant.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

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