CALM equipment is available for use to academic and corporate researchers after a formal training session, some equipment has special access requirements so please visit each core access page separately. Typically, we train you to operate our microscopes, after which you can reserve time and acquire data yourself. However, we can also operate the microscopes and acquire data for you. To cover our operating costs, we charge for usage of the microscopes as outlined on each core's access page.


If you would like to use the equipment at any of the CALM cores, please fill out the training request form. The core staff will contact you via e-mail to consult about your imaging needs and schedule a 1-2 hour training session for the microscope best suited for your project. Further training on other microscopes is always available. After the training session we will give you access to the calendars on iLab and you can reserve time on the microscopes on which you have been trained.


Time on all microscopes must be reserved through the iLabs calendar. You must have an iLab account prior to training. You can sign up for an iLab account here, and you can learn more about iLab on the RRP website.


Formal acknowledgements help us demonstrate that the core is producing useful scientific results, justifying continued support. Acknowledgements also help us justify the importance of the center to granting agencies as we apply for grants in the future. On microscopes purchased with grant funding please make sure you properly acknowledge the grant in all publications. Grant information is listed on the pages for indivdual microscopes. When you publish a paper incorporating data acquired at the CALM please send a reprint or complete citation of the paper to the core staff.

Occasionally the CALM staff may become substantially involved in experimental design, data acquisition, or data analysis meriting co-authorship. Ordinary training and assistance with the microscope does not merit co-authorship. However, in cases where the project probably would not have been successful or would not have been possible without the involvement of the CALM staff both the user and staff should consider whether this merits co-authorship.