Award winners for outstanding master’s theses or essays and PhD dissertations.

For the second year in a row, thanks to the INRS Foundation and the generosity of the INRS community, eight awards were handed out, with two students from each of the four research centres taking home either $1,000 for best master’s thesis or $2,000 for best PhD dissertation. Prizes were awarded at the convocation ceremony held on May 15, 2021.

Meet our award-winning graduates. 


Winning this award brings great satisfaction to me. It is one of the most special awards that I have received so far in my career. I would also like to congratulate my fellow colleagues and friends who graduated along with me.

Pratik Kumar (Ph.D. Water sciences, 2020) | Centre Eau Terre Environnement | Supervisor: Satinder Kaur Brar


This award means a lot to me and encourages me in all of my pursuits, and inspires me to follow my passion in science. It also means my hard work has paid off, and other scientists are recognizing my research. All in all, it is a beautiful final touch to my Ph.D. study.

Golara Golbaghi (Ph.D. Biology, 2020) | Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie | Supervisor: Annie Castonguay


I am so grateful that my research work has been truly appreciated and recognized by a committee that may not be familiar with my topic. It shows that my doctoral work can be of high interest and acknowledged by a broader scientific community whose expertise is not strictly limited to quantum optics.

Stefania Sciara (Ph.D. Energy and material sciences, 2020) Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications | Supervisor: Roberto Morandotti


This prize is a recognition of the confidence that young people who participated in my research showed me. It encourages me to continue my work.

Leslie Kapo (Ph.D. Urban studies, 2021) Centre Urbanisation Culture Société | Supervisor: Julie-Anne Boudreau

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Pour moi, c’était un honneur d’être nominé et une reconnaissance énorme d’être sélectionné pour ce prix. Cela renforce le travail important accompli et me motive également à continuer à progresser vers le professionnel que je souhaite devenir.

Belmir Jose de Jesus Junior (M.Sc. Telecommunications, 2020) | Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications | Supervisor: Tiago H. Falk

This prize represents not only recognition of my research work at INRS but, especially, recognition of my many past years of hard work studying microbiology for healthcare.

Dazhong Zheng (M.Sc. Experimental health sciences, 2020) | Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie | Supervisors: Mahchid Bamdad (Université Clermont-Auvergne) and Charles Calmettes

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My master’s wasn’t always easy, it was a long learning and adaptation process. So this prize is the result of my hard work.

Johanna Campuzano (M.Sc. Research practices and public action, 2020) | Centre Urbanisation Culture Société | Supervisor: Nicole Gallant

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I am very gratified to have received this award. It sort of recognizes the unusual, intriguing aspect of my project. I am proud of my research and thesis, but I didn’t expect this recognition.

Marc-Alexandre Fillion (M.Sc. Earth Sciences, 2020) | Centre Eau Terre Environnement | Supervisor: Richard Martel

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 meet our previous awardees