This week’s (virtual) Undergraduate STEM Research Seminar will feature talks from Kaitlyn Kidwell and Emma Mitchell, Physics majors who are also working toward an Astronomy minor. Both Kaitlyn and Emma participated in a research course offered by Our Solar Siblings in which they learned to analyze data from the Las Cumbres Observatory to determine the distance to “standard candle” RR Lyrae stars. Measuring distances to astronomical objects is tricky; Kaitlyn and Emma will describe their experiences and how they managed to accomplish this feat. The seminar will be this Friday, October 23rd at 4pm. It is geared for undergraduates from any STEM major, but graduate students and faculty are also encouraged to attend! Contact Dr. Holley ( for connection information to the Zoom session. Visit the seminar webpage to see full abstracts and the current schedule for upcoming talks.