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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 for the month of December.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

François-Étienne Sylvain, PhD student in Biology, Université Laval
Winning article: Amazon fish bacterial communities show structural convergence along widespread hydrochemical gradients
Published in: Molecular Ecology

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Sirui Zhou, postdoctoral fellow in Human Genetics, McGill University
Winning article: Genetic architecture and adaptations of Nunavik Inuit
Published in: PNAS

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Vincent Mousseau, PhD student in Criminology, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Management of crime scene units by Quebec police senior managers: Insight on forensic knowledge and understanding of key stakeholders
Published in: Science & Justice

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