Courses and Training

Formal courses:

 

Individual Training:

Users can receive individual training in the operation of LM, SEM or TEM of choice.  

Depending on the type of instrument, user experience and specific needs, the amount of training time will vary. Each new user must be trained by the MIC staff.  Second-hand learning from another user is not sufficient to gain access to the instrument.

If you would like to receive individual SEM or TEM training, contact the administrative office or directly the staff member in charge of a particular microscope.  MIC staff will also be able to advise which of the SEM or TEM is best suited for your project.. After the training is completed, you will be able to start operating the instrument and gain proficiency in imaging your specimens. Once you and your instructor feel you are capable of operating the equipment alone, you will be checked out. To arrive at this point depends on your background/previous proficiency with similar equipment etc. For somebody with no background about 3-4 sessions (8-10 hours) with an instructor are normally sufficient to get you to a competency level that allow you to operate the instrument by yourself during normal working hours. In order to get 24 hours access, you need to be checked out. At this point, you will leave a $10 deposit, and we will issue you a key to access the center 24/7. 

For all  Light Microscopy training,  please contact Dr. Stanislav Vitha (vitha@tamu.edu; Tel. 845-1607). Typically, one to two hours will be necessary for the basic training on the Zeiss Axiophot. The basic Confocal microscopy training is done in two sessions, 2-3hr each.  Environmental Health & Safety-Radiation Safety office requires that  all users of the laser scanning confocal microscope MUST take the online Laser Safety course.  It is located at:  https://ehsdtraining.tamu.eduAfter taking the Laser Safety course, print out the confirmation page and bring it to the first training session.
It is recommended that for the training you bring a hard-copy of the confocal microscope user guide, available from the MIC web-site: Olympus_confocal_user_guide.pdf. When the basic confocal training is completed, you may use the microscope independently during normal business hours. Once you gain proficiency in using the instrument, you will undergo a practical check-out test to demonstrate that you can operate the microscope without endangering yourself or the microscope. The requirements for successful check-out on the Olympus confocal microscope are listed here:  Checkout_Olympus_confocal.pdf.  After successful checkout, you will get access to the online scheduling system,  get building access using your university ID card, and a key to the facility for a deposit ($10.00).

Additional specialized LM training: the basic confocal microscopy training only covers the most common imaging techniques. You can get additional training, help and assistance with advanced methods, such as photoconversion, FRAP, FLIP, FRET, Raster Image Correlation Spectroscopy (RICS), multi-area time lapse,  as well as with image processing and analysis.