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How to apply

Master students

CSUN students should contact Professor Lyra directly. Prospective students should apply to the Master of Science program in Physics and Astronomy at CSUN.

Usually the master program at CSUN lasts for two years. Origins Lab students are encouraged to do all or most the coursework in the first year, and leave the second year free or mostly free to concentrate on research.

Undergraduate Research

At the Origins Lab we are enthusiasts of undergraduate research. While CSUN has an honors program where students do research in their last semester, six months are in general not enough to start and complete a project for publication. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply from their junior year. Exceptionally motivated sophomores and freshman will be considered too. Interested students should write Professor Lyra directly.

Code of Conduct

By participating in research with Professor Lyra, all group members agree to the following code of conduct.

We expect cooperation from all members to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, appearance, religion (or lack thereof), nationality, and politics. We do not tolerate harassment of group members in any form.

We regard the following content as inappropriate for any venue, including everyday lab interactions, meetings, presentations, or discussions: sexual language and imagery, racially charged slurs and jokes, and threats to physical safety.

Research group members are expected to adhere to the code of conduct during all research related activities. This includes at CSUN, Caltech, and other universities, JPL, attending conferences, and engaging in astronomy public education events.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to: sexual imagery or language, racially charged language or jokes, deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome attention, including photography and recording, sustained disruption of talks, and encouraging any of the above.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Dr. Wladimir Lyra immediately. If Dr. Lyra is the cause of your concern, Professor Cristina Cadavid has agreed to mediate. For concerns that need to be addressed at a higher level, please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity.

For small incidents, group members that are found to violate the code of conduct will receive a verbal warning and a chance to remedy their behavior. Group members that are found to be in frequent violation with minor incidents may be asked to leave the research group at the end of the semester. Group members that are in gross violation of the code of conduct will be asked to leave the research group immediately. Researchers that are asked to leave will need to return any equipment, including hard drives and data, that they may have received over the course of their research appointment.

This code of conduct was adapted from the groups of Dr Matthew Turk, Dr Lia Corrales, Dr David Kipping and the Geek Feminism wiki.