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Announcement of February's recipients of the Relève étoile awards

Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the names of the three winners of the Relève étoile competition of the Fonds de recherche du Québec for the month of February.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

François Daoust, PhD student in Physical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Winning article: Handheld macroscopic Raman spectroscopy imaging instrument for machine-learning-based molecular tissue margins characterization
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Dominique Geoffrion, PhD student in Experimental Surgery, McGill University
Winning article: Tear film cytokine profile of patients with the Boston keratoprosthesis type 1: Comparing patients with and without glaucoma
Published in: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Jennifer Thompson, postdoctoral fellow in Youth Knowledge Mobilization, Université de Montréal, Centre de recherche en santé publique
Winning article: Schooling, Interrupted: A Critical Account of Motivation and Education during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Quebec
Published in: Journal of Teaching and Learning

The Relève étoile competition promotes careers in research and aims to recognize the excellence of the research conducted by university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are carrying out advanced research training in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

To pay tribute to eminent members of Québec’s scientific community in recognition of their remarkable careers and outstanding contributions to the development of the research ecosystem, the award granted by the Fonds Nature et technologies has been named in honour of Louis Berlinguet, the Fonds Santé’s award is named after Jacques Genest, whereas the Fonds Société et culture honors Paul Gérin-Lajoie.

Every month, each Fund will award $1,000 to a student researcher.

Dr. Quirion sends his congratulations to the recipients.


Benoit Sévigny
Director of Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Fonds de recherche du Québec
514 864-1619