Request Access Here! To request access to the microscopy suite please click the link below.
Microscope Reservations and Usage
Click on a button to view that microscope's availability. Please use the following schedules to reserve time on each scope. If you use the scopes without scheduling (walkup) please make sure to log the time in the schedule.
Advanced Microscope Use
Before the use of the facility training is REQUIRED. Training will be provided by Ashley Reynolds. Please click here to contact her to schedule a time for training. Students trained to use the facility can access the scopes M-F 7am-10pm.
Confocal Microscope Use
Before the use of the Confocal Microscope Facility training is REQUIRED. Training is provided to faculty by Dawn Hart. Students and other staff who need training must be trained by the faculty member they are working with.
Post-Training Provisions for Advanced Microscope Use (except confocal):
During the first 2 hours of use, faculty mentors or a designated, trained supervisor (GVSU Staff) are expected to be present with the student as support at the facility.
During the next 10 hours of use, faculty mentors or a designated, trained supervisor (GVSU Staff) are expected to be available and on campus for student support with the equipment.
Post-Training Provisions for Confocal Microscope Use:
During the first 10 hours of use, faculty mentors or a designated, trained supervisor (GVSU Staff) are expected to be present with the student as support at the facility.
During the next 20 hours of use, faculty mentors or a designated, trained supervisor (GVSU Staff) are expected to be available and on campus for student support with the equipment.
Access must be renewed annually.
Principles of the Suite
First and foremost, users of the facility will do no harm to equipment.
Second, we realize this is a place to promote learning, and sometimes mistakes or accidents will occur. When this happens, please report problems immediately to staff or faculty. Please keep the spirit of collegiality for all users (student and faculty) when raising any concerns.
This facility is a community resource- concerns and suggestions about usage by others are critical for maintaining equipment and ensuring the resources is used effectively. If concerns are not easily resolved, please bring them forward to the MAPP via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microscopy Accountability and Policy Panel (MAPP)
The Accountability and Policy Panel is made from a member of each department with an invested interest in preserving the quality of equipment within the suite by recommending policy and practices as well as addressing infractions.
The Accountability and Policy Panel representatives are:
- Chemistry -
- Biomedical Sciences-
- Cell and Molecular Biology-
The MAPP will designate a spokesperson to respond to concerns. Appeals of the MAPP decisions will be directed to the Dean’s office by Aaron Perry email@example.com.
We recognize this is a learning environment and that accidents will happen. Please note that we are also working with unique and expensive equipment. Damage to this equipment may significantly disrupt research activities for many users. Any student who displays a disregard for the guidelines established by the university will have access revoked. Any faculty or staff member witnessing student operation of the microscope that could harm the equipment has the right to remove a student’s microcopy access until it can be reviewed by the MAPP.
All users of this facility will be required to wear an ID badge while using this equipment
Extended access for weekends and evenings can be permitted, if necessary, after post-training provisions have been met and mentor approval. Requests for extended hours must include a justification for after hours work and submitted by email to MAPP via Aaron Perry firstname.lastname@example.org. Mentor approval commits the shared responsibility with the student that equipment will be maintained in good working order.