Awards and Prizes

Lisa Dang awarded L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship

Lisa Đặng. (Credit: A. Gupta)
Lisa Đặng. (Credit: A. Gupta)

Lisa Đặng, Trottier postdoctoral researcher at the iREx at the Université de Montréal, receives a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

Along with four other young Canadian researchers, Lisa Đặng was honoured and rewarded within the framework of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program at a ceremony held on November 21, 2022 at the French Embassy in Ottawa.

The $20,000 L’Oréal-UNESCO 2022 Research Excellence Fellowship is intended to support the postdoctoral research project undertaken by Ms. Đặng, who was selected by a committee of experts for her excellence.

Ms. Đặng, who completed her PhD at McGill University earlier this year, specializes in the study of exoplanets, particularly lava planets, rocky planets that are very close to their star and are likely to be covered with oceans of magma. She is leading an observational program to study one such world with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Đặng and the other laureates join the international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science community of 3,900 women scientists, five of whom have won the Nobel Prize. Through the L’Oréal Canada For Girls in Science mentorship program, in partnership with UNESCO schools in Canada and Let’s Talk Science, Ms. Đặng will be invited to continue her work to make science more accessible, a cause in which she is already actively involved.

To learn more about Lisa Đặng and her work, see her page, as well as the article Distant planets help us understand the solar system and the short video of the same title prepared by Universities Canada. The live ceremony can also be watched here (around 1h24).



Lisa Đặng
Banting Postdoctoral Researcher, Université de Montréal


iREx media contact

Marie-Eve Naud
iREx Education and Outreach Coordinator, Université de Montréal


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Virginie Hotte-Dupuis
L’Oréal Canada


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