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With analogies to cell phone plans, we offer two ways for you to use our Facility:
A la carte plan
One-on-one professional assistance from our staff
Sample preparation services available
Dedicated attention to your science
Immediate results; no training needed*
All images at the highest standards of imaging quality
Cost-effective $125/hr rate
Fastest results; best quality
We 'drive' while you guide!
*For safety reasons, you are not allowed to operate the microscope yourself.
Low monthly fee ($120/m)*
Includes 2 hr/m of equipment time
Hours shared between lab users
Certified users have 24/7 access via online reservation system
Educational opportunity: train and practise to master microscopy
Staff assistance available for a fee
Additional time $25/hr for most equipment
Great deal for high-volume users
*Requires 12-month commitment
If your lab uses our microscopes more than 12 hours per year, do the math. Membership is a terrific deal! Typical microscope sessions are ~3 hours each, and members have free access to computer workstation with sophisticated image processing software. After a handful of sessions (don't forget that you have to do the controls and replicates!), you'll quickly save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year with membership.
To ensure your volume savings through membership, we must ask the lab's PI for a twelve-month commitment in writing (application forms online). For accounting purposes, we define a lab as a group of people charging budgets under the same faculty PI. Details about our rates for other services are also online.