The mission of the MIC is to provide current and emerging technologies for teaching and research involving microscopy and related imaging in Life and Material Sciences on the A&M campus (and beyond), and to provide training and support services for microscopy, sample preparation, in situ analysis and digital image processing.

In order to achieve the best science by cooperation of Students, Research Associates, Professors, Principal Investigators, and the MIC Staff, the following policy statement has been prepared.

The MIC will be acknowledged directly by authors in publications and presentations that utilize MIC facilities. The MIC recognizes that the samples and all research materials are the property of the Principal Investigator (PI), who serves as the responsible individual representing the University on funded projects. Just as the samples, ideas, and questions at the heart of the investigation may be the property of the Principal Investigators to be used with their authorization, so the ideas for new methods developed by the MIC Staff may be the intellectual property of the Technical Staff, to be used with their authorization. In many cases, techniques will be developed as the result of joint efforts.


Ideally, these different facets will augment each other and can be published together or separately as appropriate. In any case, the two parties should discuss up front the best way to disseminate the information and must recognize and respect each others' contributions either by authorship or acknowledgement. In the case of co-authorship, contributions to the writing of a paper is both a privilege and requirement. Cases of disagreement or potential conflict arising from prior agreements (or more likely, lack of prior agreements) will be resolved through the Office of the Vice President for Research in consultation with the Director of the MIC, or an ad hoc committee of their choosing.

Research carried out in part or in full using MIC facilities will thus fall into one of several categories, with services and/or contributions requiring the following acknowledgements:

1. Use of facilities only (PI and associates carry out the research) requires acknowledgement of facilities in all resulting publications.

2. Provision of routine procedures and methods by MIC Staff requires acknowledgement of facilities and individuals in the resulting publications.

3. Contributions of MIC Staff that include development and implementation of original techniques, experimental design, interpretation, or other significant intellectual input require co-authorship and acknowledgement of facilities.

Special acknowledgement requirement for the FEI Quanta FE-SEM: NSF guidelines mandate that the use of the FE-SEM must be properly acknowledged in any publications (including web pages): "The FE-SEM acquisition was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DBI-0116835." Users are also required to file a copy of any relevant publication containing the acknowledgement with the MIC Administrative Office.



General Guidelines for Using the Web Scheduler:

Please note that no unreasonable extended scheduling requests are refused:

1) Instruments can be scheduled up to 2 (two) weeks in advance.

2) You can reserve up to 6 (six) - hour blocks and 12 (twelve) hours per day.

3) Instruments you are qualified to operate independently can be scheduled for any hour during the week. Other instruments between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

4) You should make any attempt to cancel no longer needed reservations at least 48 hours in advance in order to free the time for others to use the instruments.

5) Discipline for users who do not show up for their scheduled reservation time will be as follows:

     (a)  First Time - Warning

     (b)  Second Time - Charged for one hour

     (c)  Third Time - Charged for the entire reserved time

TEM reservation cancellation policy for JEOL 2010 and FEI Tecnai:

The last user of the day cannot cancel the last reservation unless he/she has contacted the previous user in person or phone (not by e-mail) to ensure the previous user will shut down the TEM. Otherwise, the last user must come over to shut down the TEM, even though he/she does not use it.


Users who abuse this policy may be required to undergo additional training.

Questions? Please call us at 979-845-1129.