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Announcement of September’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 September.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Jean-Sébastien Boisvert, postdoctoral fellow in Physics, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Electron density and temperature in an atmospheric-pressure helium diffuse dielectric barrier discharge from kHz to MHz
Published in: Plasma Sources Science and Technology

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Catherine Bélanger, PhD student in Biochemistry, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Dysregulation of co-transcriptional alternative splicing underlies CHARGE syndrome
Published in: PNAS

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Anne Lafay, postdoctoral fellow in Education, Concordia University
Winning article: Impairment of Arabic-and Spoken-Number Processing in Children With Mathematical Learning Disability
Published in: Journal of Numerical Cognition

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