Laurence is currently finishing her second year in Physics and Computer Science at the University of Montréal. She is returning to iREx for her second internship. Laurence worked during the summer of 2017 under the supervision of professors Jason Rowe and René Doyon. She was then a recipient of a Marie-Curie scholarship which allowed her to get an internship before the start of her bachelor’s degree.
During this internship, she worked with photometric data of the planet Kepler-10b collected during NASA’s Kepler mission. Kepler-10b is slightly bigger than the Earth and has an orbit of about 18 hours. It is very close to its star and its temperature can exceed 2000K. The goal of Laurence’s project was to develop a computer code that matched the observations in order to predict the surface conditions of the planet.