Jessica Speedie

2018 Trottier iREx Summer Intern and B.Sc. student, MacMaster University

Jess is in her second year of undergraduate studies in McMaster University’s Honours Integrated Science Program. She is pursuing a specialization in physics with a keen interest in astronomy. Jess previously completed a certificate in jazz performance and one year of a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar at Humber College. This summer, Jess will work under the supervision of Dr. David Lafrenière to distinguish giant planets from brown dwarfs by their spectral signatures. New high-resolution echelle spectrographs, SPIRou (for CFHT) and NIRPS (for the La Silla 3.6m telescope) are the first to have the necessary sensitivity. In preparation, Jess will assess the effective observational regimes and identify suitable target objects. Receiving the 2018 Trottier Grant will enable Jess to live in Montreal while completing her project. She is overjoyed to be involved in the exciting scientific endeavours of the iREx team.