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Announcement of December’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 December.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Fábio Souza Barachati,  PhD student in Engineering Physics, Polytechnique Montréal
Winning article: Interacting polariton fluids in a monolayer of tungsten disulfide
Published in: Nature Nanotechnology

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Jessica Agostinone, PhD student in neuroscience, CHUM Research Centre
Winning article:  Insulin signalling promotes dendrite and synapse regeneration and restores circuit function after axonal injury
Published in: Brain

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Adrien Rannaud, postdoctoral fellow in literary studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, CRILCQ
Winning article:  De l'amour et de l'audace. Femmes et roman au Québec dans les années 1930
Published in: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal

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