Become a User

If you are interested in using the instruments, please send an email to 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.

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 University of Michigan user is required to register with 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 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 your 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,, for a signature. If you are ready for 24 hour access and need your card updated accordingly, speak to Bobby.
  7. 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. Seminar schedules are posted here: and updated regularly. Once you register for the seminar, you may attend any session you like.

After the above steps have been completed, please make sure to request training for each instrument you are 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. Prior to use of Center resources, external users are required to sign a service agreement and indicate a payment method.  If credit card is registered 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 want to be trained to use, or complete a service work request.

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.