Decide if you'd like to a) be fully trained to operate the microscope independently, or b) have the director operate the microscope for you. For information on microscope hourly rates and training fees, please see the Rate Schedule.
All prospective users must apply online (below), or download an Application Form, fill it out in detail, and email it to Amy Beaven (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you plan to image live BSL-2 samples, make sure to review the Facility SOP and provide the necessary information indicated in the application form. Upon receipt of the completed application, you will be contacted within 2 days.
Typical training times: 2-3 hrs for confocal and DeltaVision; 30-60 min for the AxioObserver and Eclipse. Users are highly encouraged to bring their own samples to the training session. Follow-up sessions are required for the confocals and Deltavision. Users may not operate these microscopes independently until they receive permission from the Director. For a complete list of policies and procedures, see the Facility SOP.
Scheduling is accomplished using Google Calendar. You will receive an invite to an instrument's Google calendar once a valid gmail account is provided.
Arrive on time for your training session (0107 Microbiology building). If you are more than 15 minutes late, the training session will be canceled and you will be charged at the regular rate for the full length of the appointment. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will also be charged at the regular rate.
Note: It is important to properly acknowledge the use of the Imaging Core in your publications. Acknowledgement helps us demonstrate and document how the Imaging Core contributes to the research community. It also aids us in our efforts to secure more funding to purchase additional instruments and offer new services. Suggested wording: "We acknowledge the Imaging Core Facility in the department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland--College Park for [name of instrument; brief description of assistance]. Imaging Core users should send a PDF copy of all publications to the director, Amy Beaven.