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Getting Started: Academic Users

Wondering what the first step is to becoming a CEMAS user?


1. Complete the CEMAS User Registration Form. 
Click here to complete. You will receive a response via email within two business days.

2. Review the CEMAS policies.
It is important to adhere to CEMAS policies and procedures while utilizing the facility.

3. Create an account on the Facility Online Manager (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, you will be sent instructions on how to apply for one.

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

5. Complete required OSU EHS safety training modules.
You must complete the online required OSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) safety training modules and pass the associated online tests. Training modules can be accessed through the EHS website. All users should be familiar with basic laboratory safety and radiation hazards. The following EHS tranings are required for CEMAS use:

  • Lab Standard Training
  • Chemical Safety
  • Fume Hood Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Cryogenic Materials Training
  • Biological Safety Training for BSL2
  • Hazard Communication (required of ALL OSU employees)
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)  (required of ALL OSU employees)
  • Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)

6. Receive instrument training.
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. You may request instrument training via your FOM account.

7. Accessing 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 can access your data from outside CEMAS.

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. Please visit the front desk to request facility access.

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