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Announcement of August’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 (FRQ) for the month of August.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Marie-Eve Desrochers, MA student in Physics, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Banyan. X. Discovery of a Wide, Low-gravity L-type Companion to a Fast-rotating M3 Dwarft
Published in: The Astrophysical Journal

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Eva Kaufmann, postdoctoral fellow in Medicine, McGill University
Winning article: BCG Educates Hematopoietic Stem Cells to Generate Protective Innate Immunity against Tuberculosis
Published in: Cell

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Florence Charest, PhD student in Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Attachment representations in sexually abused preschoolers: a comparative study
Published in: Attachment & Human Development

The Relève étoile competition, formerly known as the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles 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