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Announcement of July’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 July.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Christopher Bérubé, PhD student in Chemistry, Université Laval
Winning article:  A novel route towards cycle-tail peptides using oxime resin: teaching an old dog a new trick
Published in: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Dorival Martins Jr., postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry, McGill University
Winning article: Superoxide dismutase activity confers (p)ppGpp-mediated antibiotic tolerance to stationary-phase Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Nura Jabagi, PhD student in Business Technology Management, Concordia University
Winning article: Gig-workers’ motivation: thinking beyond carrots and sticks
Published in: Journal of Managerial Psychology

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