Samson is an undergraduate student at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) pursuing a B.Sc. with a Joint Major in Physics and Computer Science. During the last year of his studies, he joined Prof. Cowan’s team and worked on re-analyzing the phase curve for the lava planet 55 Cancri e in order to verify the robustness of the results in the Demory et al. paper (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/ 2016Natur.532..207D/abstract). To do so, Samson and his lab partner Alex, reduced and analyzed data collected by the Spitzer telescope using the SPCA pipeline developed by Lisa Dang and Taylor Bell.
Director: Nicolas Cowan