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 the Jacques-Rousseau bursarie to make it possible for students to present their scientific results at conferences or attend specialized training programs, as well as the bourse J.André Fortin excellence award for the best thesis of the previous year in the fields of mycology and mycorrhizae. Thanks to the generous contribution of Carl Zeiss Canada, a conference/training grant was awarded from 2007 to 2012, 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.