Every year, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) presents awards to research students and researchers in recognition of the excellence of their work.


The Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards are presented by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec to recognize student researchers in training.


October 2017 Olanrewaju Ayokunle
September 2017 Dai Xijie and Haining Wang
August 2017 Claudia Carpentier
July 2017 Laurent Potvin-Trottier
June 2017 Myriam Laprise-Pelletier
May 2017 Yacine Kherdjemil
April 2017 Thierry Villeneuve
March 2017 Bruno Belzile
February 2017 Manuel Helbig
January 2017 Claire Jacquet
December 2016 Pauline Rullière
November 2016 Olivier Ouellette
October 2016 Sven Badoux
September 2016 Anaïs Ferris
August 2016 Maxime Latulippe
July 2016 Maxime Chamberland
June 2016 Nicole Avakyan
May 2016 Sami Hached
April 2016 Jean-Christophe Gauthier
March 2016 Farzaneh Mahvash Mohammadi
February 2016 Benjamin De Leener
January 2016 Hanno Christian Erythropel
December 2015 Marie Filteau
November 2015 Zhihui Yi
October 2015 Marc-André Légaré
September 2015 Solomon Akaraka Owerre
August 2015 Sophie Gobeil
July 2015 Matthew Bogard
June 2015 Hichem Guerboukha
May 2015 Geneviève Parent
April 2015 Jonathan Pratt
March 2015 Houman Savoji
February 2015 Gabriel Ethier-Majcher
January 2015 Mathieu Ardyna
December 2014 Mathieu Goulet
November 2014 Mohamed Balli
October 2014 Alexander Hynes
September 2014 Jean-François Lapierre
August 2014 Vincent Marceau
July 2014 Alexandre Bigot
June 2014 Ivan Alejandro Velasco-Davalos
May 2014 Daniel Beaudoin
April 2014 Annie Christine Boucher
March 2014 Jean-Daniel Deschênes
February 2014 Josué Jautzy
January 2014 Guillaume Diss
December 2013 Jukka-Pekka Verta
November 2013 Sébastien Ricoult
October 2013 Magali Gauthier
September 2013 Étienne Boulais
August 2013 Étienne Low-Décarie
July 2013 Marion Cousineau
June 2013 Wahiba Ait Youcef
May 2013 Ibrahima Ka
April 2013 Jean-Philippe Lessard
March 2013 Daniel Munro
February 2013 Michel Lavoie
January 2013 Hervé Lombaert
December 2012 Andrea Greschner
November 2012 Katherine Tanaka
October 2012 Guillaume Desnoyers
September 2012 Rajendhran Rajakumar
August 2012 Dominique Claveau-Mallet
July 2012 Dominique Laroche
June 2012 Anna Mazhorova
May 2012 Mohammad Qasaimeh
April 2012 Vincent Demers-Carpentier



1st prize: Philippe Marier, FORAC Research Consortium, Université Laval

Philippe Marier has been a research professional with Université Laval FORAC Research Consortium for more than 14 years. He is one of the very few Canadian scientists with a strong background in administrative science, industrial engineering and forest engineering, and who is able to draw on his knowledge of operational research and computer science to develop decision support systems and optimization models. Marier has made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge with 28 peer-reviewed publications.

His research work focuses on the development of algorithmic techniques derived from artificial intelligence, agent-based approaches, and innovative mathematical models for resolving extremely complex planning and decision-making problems involving millions of decision variables. He is currently on the leading edge of technology transfer to industry, being named as one of the inventors of three technologies developed by FORAC for which invention disclosures have been filed by Université Laval.

Philippe Marier is also one of the main actors in the development of the first integrated sales and production management model for the sawmill industry. In addition, he has worked on the accessibility of a planning model for the loading and transport of lumber. The Web-based tool has been adopted by many companies in the forest products industry.

2nd prize: Joannie Ferland, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier, Université Laval

Joannie Ferland is a research professional with Marcel Babin's Canada Excellence Research Chair and has been a member of the Takuvik Joint CNRS-Université Laval Laboratory Program since 2011. Her career began at the Institute of Marine Sciences in 2005.

She monitors Arctic plankton ecosystems as part of studies aimed at improving our understanding of the effects of climate change and has taken part in 12 pan-Arctic oceanographic missions. She contributes directly to the advancement of knowledge through sample collection, teaching of techniques, scientific advice, data analysis and scientific paper reviews. Her greatest achievement to date has been her role as one of the leaders of the Green Edge Project ice camp in Nunavut (2015-2016), where she coordinated the logistical and scientific operations of close to 100 scientists from French, Canadian and American laboratories. The project was a success both scientifically and in terms of integration with the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq.

Joannie is committed to the valorization of knowledge. To that end, she has taken part in many international conferences, general public events, documentaries and educational modules. She has also contributed to a number of educational programs during her missions at sea and has co-organized several science bars.

3rd prize: Christian Sarra-Bournet, Institut quantique, Université de Sherbrooke

Christian Sarra-Bournet has a PhD in materials engineering from Université Laval and a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Toulouse III. From 2010 to 2011, he was a member of the steering committee of the Australian National Fabrication Facility.        

Since returning to Québec in 2012, Christian Sarra-Bournet has coordinated the writing and production of major grant applications. In particular, he was one of the architects of the From Quantum Science to Quantum Technologies project. This ambitious project was one of five Canadian projects selected in the first inaugural competition of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund in 2015 and is the most important research grant in the history of Université de Sherbrooke.

Since then, Christian Sarra-Bournet has been responsible for the management and coordination of the Institut Quantique (IQ), which brings together more than 25 world-renowned researchers. The IQ contributes significantly to research development and training in science and quantum technologies in order to propel Université de Sherbrooke and Québec as a world leader and accelerate the next quantum revolution.



Denise Tremblay, professionnelle de recherche au Laboratoire du professeur Sylvain Moineau, Département de biochimie, de microbiologie et de bio-informatique et Groupe de recherche en écologie buccale, Université Laval

Denise Tremblay travaille dans le laboratoire du Professeur Sylvain Moineau, un chercheur de réputation internationale, depuis le tout début de ses activités à l'Université Laval en 1996. Ses réalisations professionnelles sont remarquables : 33 publications et 37 affiches ou présentations dans des congrès locaux, nationaux ou internationaux. La très grande majorité de ses articles scientifiques ont été publiés dans des revues ayant des facteurs d'impacts supérieurs à 3,5.

Depuis le début de sa carrière, Denise Tremblay a supervisé plus de 80 étudiants au baccalauréat, à la maîtrise, au doctorat et stagiaires postdoctoraux, et plusieurs étudiants internationaux pour des stages de quelques semaines à plusieurs mois.

Depuis 2003, elle gère les activités quotidiennes de la collection de bactériophages (phages) de l'Université Laval, soit le Centre de référence pour virus bactériens Félix d'Hérelle (www.phage.ulaval.ca). Experte pour l'observation des phages en microscopie électronique, elle est régulièrement sollicitée par des entreprises et des chercheurs pour son expertise. En effet, Denise Tremblay collabore avec différents laboratoires, incluant la réalisation de nombreux contrats de service et de recherche. Au fil des années, plusieurs laboratoires ont eu recours à ses services de spécialiste sur les phages.

Sa contribution ne s'arrête pas là. Elle donne régulièrement des formations techniques sur les phages pour des étudiants, des professeurs et même des chercheurs de laboratoires privés. A l'occasion, elle accompagne des jeunes de niveau secondaire ou Cégep à réaliser des projets sur les phages dans le cadre des Expo-Sciences. On a pu l'entendre il y a quelques années à l'émission Les Année Lumières sur la chaîne de Radio-Canada.


This prize rewards the exceptional contribution of a university or college researcher to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, in recognition of his/her international achievements and their benefits for Québec.


Victoria Kaspi / Gilbert Laporte (ex æquo)

Université McGill / HEC Montréal

Left to right: Victoria Kaspi, Maryse Lassonde, directrice scientifique du FRQNT et Gilbert Laporte

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Isabelle Peretz

Université de Montréal

Left to right: Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the FRQNT, Yves Bolduc, ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science, Isabelle Peretz and Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist Officer.

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Martin Aubé et Olivier Vermeersch

Cégep de Sherbrooke / Groupe CTT-Saint-Hyacinthe

Left to right: Marc Leclerc, directeur de la recherche, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe; Jacek Mlynarek, président-directeur général, Groupe CTT; Olivier Vermeersch, titulaire, Chaire Textiles Techniques Innovants, et vice-président, Groupe CTT; Maryse Lassonde, directrice scientifique, FRQNT; Martin Aubé, enseignant, Cégep de Sherbrooke; Marie-France Bélanger, directrice générale, Cégep de Sherbrooke.

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Gilles Brassard

Université de Montréal

Left to right: Jean Belzile, sous-ministre adjoint au MESRST; Joseph Hubert, vice-recteur de l'Université de Montréal; Maryse Lassonde, directrice scientifique du FRQNT; le lauréat Gilles Brassard; Dominique Bérubé, vice-rectrice adjointe à la recherche; Patrice Marcotte, directeur du DIRO.

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Stephen Hanessian

Université de Montréal

Left to right: Joseph Hubert, vice-recteur de l'Université de Montréal, le lauréat Stephen Hanessian et Pierre Prémont, président-directeur du FRQNT

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The FRQNT and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)—provincial and federal funding agencies—created this award to recognize the Industrial Innovation Scholarship (IIS) holder who has had the greatest impact on his/her host organization.

The goal of this IIS Recognition is to emphasize the benefits of the partnership between university students and industry to make the most of the research excellence and industrial know-how developed in the province of Quebec.

The winner of the IIS Recognition receives a commemorative plaque and a monetary reward on the night of the ADRIQ's Gala des Prix Innovation.


Mathieu Dumoulin

Université Laval

Entreprise d'accueil : Fujitsu Conseil (Canada) inc.

(on the picture: Jean-Louis Legault ADRIQ, Mathieu Dumoulin Université Laval-Fujitsu Conseil Québec, Isabelle Blain CRSNG, Claire Boulé FRQNT)


Nicolas Ginouse

Université Laval
Coup de coeur

Entreprise d'accueil : Matériaux King et Compagnie

(on the picture: Jean-Louis Legault ADRIQ, Claire Boulé FRQNT, Nicolas Ginouse Université Laval – Entreprise Matériaux King, Isabelle Blain CRSNG)



André Yvon-Bessette

Université de Montréal

Entreprise d'accueil : St-Jean Photochimie inc.







Marie-Pier Éthier

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Entreprise d'accueil : Xstrata-Nickel






Alex Fraser

Université Laval

Entreprise d'accueil : Phasoptx inc.


Jean-François Béland

Université Laval

Entreprise d'accueil : Spectube inc.


Since 2002, the Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec (ADÉSAQ) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec have offered an annual competition that recognizes doctoral dissertations completed at a Québec university  that made unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field during the previous year.

To be eligible, applicants must have met all requirements of a doctoral program and the final version of their dissertation must have been submitted between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. Every ADÉSAQ member institution may present up to three applicants, that is to say, one from each research areas.




Emily Coffey

Université McGill


Jonathan Gagné

Université de Montréal et Carnegie Institution for Science


Graham Daniel Hamblin

Université McGill


Éric Proietti

Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, INRS

  • Thèse Iron-Based Catalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Hydrogen-Air Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, sous la direction de Jean-Pol Dodelet


Shulabh Gupta

Polytechnique Montréal

  • Thèse Dispersion Engineered Real-Time Analog Signal Processing Components and Systems, sous la direction de Christophe Caloz


Clément Chion

École de technologie supérieure

  • Thèse An Agent-Based Model for the Sustainable Management of Navigation Activities in the Saint Lawrence Estuary, sous la direction de Jacques-André Landry


Criterias and forms


Created in 1980 in honour of Jacques Rousseau, a botanist, ethnologist and former secretary of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), the Jacques Rousseau award recognizes exceptional scientific achievements by individuals or teams having far exceeded their field of specialization and created new bridges between different disciplines or research areas.

Award winners


Carl-Éric Aubin
Prix de la multidisciplinarité
École Polytechnique de Montréal


Sylvain Martel
Prix de la multidisciplinarité
École Polytechnique de Montréal


Yves De Koninck
Sciences physiques, computationnelles et biomédicales
Université Laval


Mohamad Sawan
Bionique implantable


Bartha Maria Knoppers
Éthique et biotechnologies
Université McGill


Louise Vandelac
Sociologie et environnement
Université du Québec à Montréal


Isabelle Peretz
Neuroscience et musique

Université de Montréal


Pierre Hansen
Mathématique et gestion
HEC Montréal


Philip Bell-Doyon a étudié en technologie forestière au cégep de Sainte-Foy. Les membres du comité d'évaluation ont reconnu chez lui un profil de chercheur et souligné la qualité de sa réflexion personnelle sur l'interaction entre le scientifique et la société. Dans la lettre qu'il a soumise pour obtenir une mention, M. Bell-Doyon a décrit son engagement au sein de projets réalisés à l'extérieur du Québec et su convaincre les membres du comité de son intérêt pour l'action internationale. Il a exposé clairement ses intentions au regard de sa carrière et sa volonté de favoriser la communication des résultats de ses recherches, notamment en espagnol. C'est avec plaisir que les membres du comité ont décidé de lui décerner la mention étudiant-chercheur étoile pour le secteur de la nature et des technologies.

Consultez le communiqué de l'ARC.