Fees / Policies / Reservations

Microscopy and Imaging Center Rates

Effective 09/01/06

JEOL 2010, JEOL 6400, ESEM, JEOL 1200 EX

  • $20/Hr    TAMU Users
  • $15/Hr    Off-Peak Hrs and Automated Runs (TAMU Users Only) 6PM – 8 AM
  • $30/Hr    Other Universities and Govt. Agencies
  • $90/Hr    Industry       
  • $10/Hr    Formal Education

    **prices apply to each instrument**

ZEISS FE-SEM, ZEISS LIBRA 200 FE-TEM

  • $25/Hr    TAMU Users
  • $20/Hr    Off-Peak Hrs and Automated Runs (TAMU Users Only) 6PM – 8 AM
  • $35/Hr    Other Universities and Govt. Agencies
  • $125/Hr  Industry       
  • $15/Hr    Formal Education

    **prices apply to each instrument** 

ZEISS Axiophot

  • $15/Hr    TAMU users
  • $12/Hr    Off-Peak Hrs and Automated Runs (TAMU Users Only) 6PM – 8 AM
  • $20/Hr    Other Universities and Govt. Agencies
  • $75/Hr    Industry       
  • $10/Hr    Formal Education

OLYMPUS FV1000 CONFOCAL

  • $20/Hr    TAMU users
  • $16/Hr    Off-Peak Hrs and Automated Runs (TAMU Users Only) 6PM – 8 AM
  • $25/Hr    Other Universities and Govt. Agencies
  • $90/Hr    Industry       
  • $15/Hr    Formal Education

Tech Charges

  • $40/Hr    TAMU Users
  • $50/Hr    Other Universities and Govt. Agencies
  • $100/Hr  Industry        

Off Peak Block Charges

  • $3000     (200 hr @ 15.00/Hr) FE-SEM, FE-TEM, & Olympus Confocal)
  • $3300     (275 hr @ $12.00/Hr) All Other Microscopes

Please note:

Block rates are only available for users on instruments for which they kept their independent operational proficiency current as determined by the MIC Staff.  The instrument time paid for under the block rate system has to be used within 1 year from a starting date that suits individual needs and does not roll over.  Please discuss your requirements with the MIC Administration (845-1129).

Microtomes and the ion mill are available to MIC users for a $5.00/Hr fee, and the sputter coaters/carbon evaporators incur a charge of $5/run.

Film used for the SEM can be purchased in the MIC office.  SEM film is sold in packages of 25 or 100.  The MIC staff can also provide alternative sources of SEM film.

Film used for the TEM is billed from the instrument log sheets. It will require the user to log the beginning and ending film counts in the columns provided.

Contact prints can be provided. Inquire for current rates. Tech time will be charged at the current rate. Use of the Ilford processor is free.

Darkroom use is provided to those individuals utilizing the Center instrumentation at no additional cost.

Other supplies are carried for purchase by users. Check with the MIC office staff as to availability and cost (sources may be available for items not available at the Center).

Policies

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 new FE-SEM: NSF guidelines mandate that the use of the funded Leo VP 1530 FE-SEM must be properly acknowledged in any publications (including web pages): "The FE-SEM acquisition was supported 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.

Special acknowledgement requirement for the use of the ESEM: NSF guidelines mandate that the use of the ESEM E-3 must be properly acknowledged in any publications (including web pages): "The ESEM acquisition was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ECS-9214314." Users are also required to file a copy of any relevant publication containing the acknowledgement with the MIC Administrative Office.

Reservations

Our WebScheduler is now available. Your login ID will be your University Identification Number (UIN). Your default password is "password"

It should ask you to change the password during your intial logon. If it doesn't, click on your name on the initial page and use the change password field. Also, with your initial logon, click on your name to verify your personal information such as name, department, phone number and email address. If any of this information is missing or incorrect, please contact us to allow us to update our information.

WebScheduler

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 fro 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.

Frequent abuse of this policy may affect user privileges.

Questions? Please call us at 845-1129.

We would like to thank the Academy for Advanced Telecomunications and Learning Technologies and in particular Brent Reynolds for the development and Mike Dwyer for the continuing support of our online scheduling system.