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Announcement of February’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 February.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Mohamed Amine Arfaoui, PhD student at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University
Winning article: Physical Layer Security for Visible Light Communication Systems: A Survey
Published in: IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Marie-Hélène Doucet, PhD student in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
Winning article: Beyond will: the empowerment conditions needed to abandon female genital mutilation in Conakry (Guinea), a focused ethnography
Published in: BMC Reproductive Health

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Nada Kadhim, PhD student in Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Applying the Self-Determination Theory Continuum to Unhealthy Eating: Consequences on Well-Being and Behavioural Frequency
Published in: Journal of Applied Social Psychology

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