Become a user

If you are interested in using the instruments, please send an email to the Center Manager, Bobby Kerns, with a brief description of your proposed experiments and the name and contact for your research supervisor if appropriate.  We will determine if your research can actually be performed with the equipment available and will identify the appropriate instrument for you to use.

Following a discussion with the (MC)2 Center Manager, you will have the choice of becoming a user, being trained on the instruments and performing the experiments yourself, or having the work done by (MC)² staff under a service agreement. All Users using the equipment or having service work done, whether internal or external, will need to create a FOM (Facility Online Manager) account.


Becoming an Internal User

An internal user is someone who is affiliated with The University of Michigan and has a UM uniquename. Any new University of Michigan user is required to register with a valid grant 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 may have already taken this training during other lab orientations; if so, please upload the certificate you’ve already been granted
  4. Upload a pdf copy of the safety certificate. The file name should be your uniqname
  5. Upload a pdf or picture of you MCard. The file name should be your uniqname
  6. In order for your MCard to work at the Building 22 door, please fill out the Daytime Access Form, and send it to Bobby Kerns, kernsr@umich.edu, for a signtaure
  7. After an (MC)² staff member confirms your FOM account, you can log in and request the (MC)² Introductory Seminar

After the above steps have been completed, please make sure to request training for each instrument you’re interested in using through FOM so that we have a record of your request.


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. External users are required to register with a purchase order to which the Center usage may be invoiced.  Center usage charges can also be paid with credit card. An additional 2.7% fee applies for payments by credit cards.

Steps 1-3 are required of all External Users – even if (MC)² staff is performing the analysis. All steps are required for any External User who will be performing their own work.

  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. Furnish a purchase order and a signed External Service Agreement
  4. Complete required safety training, which is found here: BLS025w ONLINE REQUIRED General Laboratory Safety Training
    • Note: You will have to create a University of Michigan Friend account to proceed. Follow the steps found here: Friend account registration
    • Users from other universities may supply a certificate of general lab safety training issued from their own institution
  5. Upload a pdf copy of the safety certificate. The file name should be your FOM user name
  6. After an (MC)² staff member confirms your FOM account, you can log in and request the (MC)² Introductory Seminar

 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 introductory seminars to the specific techniques they need for their research before being trained on the instruments.

Upcoming Seminar Schedule


Instrument Booking
Follow the link for scheduling instruments or checking availability.

Remember:

  • Any user who has not used an instrument in 3 months will have 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 will avoid a user forgetting the training before their samples are ready and having to go through the training process again.
  • The (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 Bobby Kerns for more information about training and access.