Become a CEMAS User

Wondering what the steps are to become a CEMAS user?


1. Complete the CEMAS User Registration Form:
Click here to complete the CEMAS User Registration Form. You will receive a personalized response with the necessary steps within two business days.

2. Review the CEMAS Policies and Procedures:
 Click here to access the Policies and Procedures. It is important to adhere to the policies and procedures while utilizing the facility.

3. Create an account on the Facility Online Manager (FOM):
Click here to access FOM. FOM is the scheduling and billing system used by CEMAS. Please visit to set up your account, input funding information, and request instrument training.

An Ohio State username is required to create a FOM account. If you do not have an Ohio State username, one will be requested for you.

Resources for FOM

A guide to using FOM is available here.

A step-by-step guide to create Workday Requisition for CEMAS services is available here.

Video demonstration to create Workday Requisition for CEMAS Services


Additional steps to complete if you wish to be trained to operate instruments independently at CEMAS....

4. Complete required Ohio State Safety Training:
In order to utilize the CEMAS facilities, there are a series of online Ohio State Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) training modules to complete. Training modules may be accessed through the EHS website. For more information about our commitment to safety, please click here.

Click here to access the Ohio State EHS training site. Please create an account. You will be added to the CEMAS Training Group to access the required training modules.

5. Cryo-EM users only: Complete the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Project Form.
If you wish to utilize the Cryo-Electrin Microscopy resources at CEMAS, please complete the CEMAS Cryo-EM Project Form by clicking here.

6. Receive instrument training:
To request instrument training, please do so through your FOM account. CEMAS staff can advise and help a user in all aspects of specimen preparation, instrument use, and data interpretation. Since most users will not be familiar with the operation of the instruments, CEMAS staff will train users on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. The objective of the training is for the user to be able to independently operate the CEMAS equipment required for their research. 

7. Access Your Data:
CEMAS offers a short-term storage option for saving your data obtained at our facility. After being trained on an instrument, the Instrument Manager will request an account on your behalf so you may access your data from outside CEMAS. For more information about data storage, please click here.

8. Obtain Facility Access:
The main entrance doors to CEMAS are open Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (except for University observed holidays). The equipment and staff offices are not accessible without proper facility access. All visitors must sign in with the front desk to request facility access.

Additional questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at


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