The prestigious Marie-Victorin Excellence Award was created to encourage students to pursue studies in botany at the Ph.D. level, and to promote high level research at the IRBV. Each year, the IRBV awards Jacques-Rousseau bursaries to make it possible for students to present their scientific results at conferences or attend specialized training programs. Thanks to the generous contribution of Carl Zeiss Canada, a second grant with a similar objective has been awarded since 2007, the Carl Zeiss Travel Grant. Finally, many of our students and researchers are awarded other excellence grants or bursaries each year. We hereby wish to honour their achievements.