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Announcement of January’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 January.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Nariman Yousefi, PhD student in Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Winning article: Hierarchically porous, ultra-strong reduced graphene oxide-cellulose nanocrystal sponges for exceptional adsorption of water contaminants
Published in: Nanoscale

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Daphné Génier Marchand, Université du Québec à Montréal, Sacré-Cœur Hospital Research Centre
Winning article: How does dementia with Lewy bodies start? Prodromal cognitive changes in REM sleep behavior disorder
Published in: Annals of Neurology

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Bertrand Lavoie, postdoctoral fellow in Law, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article: La fonctionnaire et le hijab. Liberté de religion et laïcité dans les institutions publiques québécoises
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