Graduation Ceremony

The 2019-2020 graduation ceremony took place virtually on November 28.

Brilliantly hosted by the Director of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Department, Philippe-Edwin Bélanger, the graduation ceremony of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) took place under the banner of pride.

More than 200 people participated. The entire INRS community, staff, professors, students, and postdoctoral fellows were invited to attend the virtual ceremony. Learn more about the event (in French)

Convocation recognized the success of the March 2020 graduating cohort. Each year, INRS is proud to crown the efforts and dedication of the students who completed their program of study!

Honorary Doctorate

Nahum Sonenberg docteur d'honneur de l'INRS

INRS is proud to announce that McGill University biochemist and professor Nahum Sonenberg was awarded an honorary doctorate during the virtual graduation ceremony.

Highlight excellence

The following awards and prizes were conferred at the ceremony to students from INRS’s four research centres.

  • International Recognition Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Student Leadership Award
  • Best Master’s Thesis Award
  • Best PhD Thesis Award  

Two graduate students (master’s and PhD) will also be awarded the Chief Executive Officer’s Award of Excellence, and one graduate received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

Lumières Awards

INRS Foundation gave Lumières Awards for the first time at the virtual graduation ceremony. Lumières Awards outstanding graduates who shine a spotlight on the importance of science in society and promote the excellence of INRS’s research and training activities.

  • Firestarter Award, to recent graduates whose promising start to their careers is a source of inspiration for our student community.
  • Trailblazer Award, graduates who have distinguished themselves through their exceptional careers and commitment to their community, both in Quebec and around the world.
  • Starbust Award, graduate who has shown outstanding commitment to INRS’s growth and its contribution to Quebec’s economic, social, or cultural development.


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