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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 for the month of September.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Pierre-Yves Lajoie, MSc student in computer engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Winning article: Modeling Perceptual Aliasing in SLAM via Discrete-Continuous Graphical Models
Published in: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Ariel Wilson, postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry, Université de Montréal
Winning article: In Vivo Laser-Mediated Retinal Ganglion Cell Optoporation Using Kv1.1 Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles
Published in: Nano Letters

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Ivan Ozawa Ozai, PhD student at the Faculty of Law, McGill University
Winning article: Tax Competition and the Ethics of Burden Sharing
Published in: Fordham International Law Journal

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