Become a User

If you are interested in using the instruments, please email with a brief description of your proposed experiments and the contact info for your research supervisor if appropriate.  We will determine if your research can be performed with the equipment available and identify the ideal instrument.

Following a discussion with (MC)2 staff, you will have the choice of becoming a user by being trained on the instruments and carrying out the experiments yourself, or having us perform service work. All users, whether internal or external, including service work customers, will need to create a FOM (Facility Online Manager) account at

Becoming an Internal User

An internal user is someone who is affiliated with the University of Michigan and has a U-M uniqname. Any new internal user is required to register a valid shortcode from which the Center usage may be recharged. A confirmation email will be sent to the PI for approval.

  1. Create a FOM account (link to procedure).
  2. Review our policies if you have not already done so during FOM registration.
  3. Complete required safety training, which is found here: BLS025w ONLINE REQUIRED General Laboratory Safety Training.
    • Note: You have likely already taken this training during other lab orientations; if so, please upload the certificate you’ve been previously granted.
  4. Upload a PDF copy of the safety certificate. The file name should be your uniqname.
  5. Upload a PDF or picture of your Mcard. The file name should be your uniqname.
  6. After an (MC)² staff member confirms your FOM account, you can log in and request the (MC)² Introductory Seminar along with relevant technique seminars if you will be using TEM, SEM, FIB, or micro-CT instruments. Seminars are requested from the User Home under Available Equipment. Schedules are posted at and updated regularly. Once you request the seminar in FOM, you may attend any session you like.
  7. After required seminars have been completed, make sure to request training for each instrument you are interested in using through the FOM User Home so that we have a record of your request, then we will reach out to you to schedule a training time. 

    Note that you will need to fill out a form in order for your Mcard to open the Building 22 external door. After you attend your first seminar, you can fill out the Daytime Access Form in our office and have it signed by Bobby Kerns or Deanna Wendel, then take it to the NCRC card office in Bldg. 18. You may also email it to or for a signature. If/when you are granted 24-hour access in FOM on any of the microscopes, note that you will need to fill out and bring another signed form to the Mcard office at that point.

Becoming an External User

An external user is someone who is not directly affiliated with the University of Michigan. This status applies to all commercial users, and users from other universities. Prior to use of Center resources, external users are required to sign a service agreement and indicate a payment method.  If credit card is selected as the payment method, note that a 2.7% fee will be included on invoices. If the payment method changes, please notify us. 

All steps are required for any external user who will be performing their own work. Steps 5 and 6 are not required for service work requesters who will not be working in the lab.

  1. Create a FOM account – even if (MC)² staff is performing the work (link to procedure).
  2. Review our policies if you have not already done so during FOM registration.
  3. Download and complete External Service Agreement Form.
  4. Email completed External Service Agreement and purchase order (if applicable) to Deanna Wendel.
    • Be sure that the address you supply in the External Service Agreement is your billing address.
    • Purchase orders should specify the following payee: The Regents of the University of Michigan, Box 223131, Pittsburgh PA 15251-2131.
    • Invoices are normally sent at the beginning of each month for the prior month’s total usage (Net 30 payment terms).  
  5. Complete University of Michigan’s safety training course BLS025w ONLINE REQUIRED General Laboratory Safety Training or a general lab safety course offered by your own institution.
  6. Upload a pdf copy of the safety certificate. The file name should be your FOM user name.
  7. After an (MC)² staff member confirms your FOM account, log in to the User Home page and request the equipment you would like training on, or submit a service work request from the Collaborate & Service tab. 

Facility Access

Internal users with an Mcard who have taken a signed Daytime Access Form to Michelle Bradshaw at the NCRC ID Station in Building 18, Room G018A, may enter directly through Building 22. External users will park in the visitor spots in front of Building 16 and enter NCRC through the Building 18 lobby. Follow posted signs to Building 22.

Seminars and Hands-On Training

Before performing work in (MC)², all new users are required to attend a seminar outlining facility rules, safety, and instrumentation. Following this initial seminar, new users will attend additional seminars focusing on the specific techniques they need for their research before being trained on the instruments. Seminars are requested through FOM.

Upcoming Seminar Schedule

Instrument Booking

Follow this link for scheduling instruments or checking availability.


  • Any user who has not used an instrument in 3 months will need to go through instrument training again. Exceptions are the SEM and XPS for which the grace period is 6 months.
  • Actual training on the instrumentation will not commence until users have their samples in hand.  This is to avoid a user forgetting the training before their samples are ready and needing to begin the training process again.
  • (MC)2 staff can advise and help a user in all aspects of specimen preparation, instrument use, and data interpretation at any stage of their work.

Outside users should contact  for more information about training and access.