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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I am interested in becoming a CEMAS user. How do I get started?
A: Check out our Getting Started page.

Q: How do I gain access to the CEMAS facility?
A: The front doors to CEMAS are open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, except on University holidays. If you have "daytime access" to the instrument and are at CEMAS for a reservation, please see the front desk to check out a key fob. If you have "all access" to an instrument or would like to inquire about gaining permanent access to the CEMAS facility, please email us. A staff member will contact you within 2-3 business days to see if you are eligible.

Q: How do I schedule a tour of the facility?
A: Just complete the CEMAS Tour Request form. We will respond to your request within two business days. Please note tours are subject to staff availability.

Q: I would like to get trained on an instrument. How do I go about that?
A: OSU students, staff, and faculty can request training through their FOM account. If you are not affiliated with OSU, please contact us.

Q: How do I schedule time on an instrument?
A: OSU affiliates can make instrument reservations via their Facility Online Manager (FOM) account. In order to reserve time, you must be trained by a CEMAS Instrument Manager. More information can be found here.

Q: What are the user fees?
A: The CEMAS user fees can be found here.

Q: How do I change my funding source?
A: OSU affiliates can change their funding source via their FOM account under "My Accounts".

Q: Do you have a space where I can complete work before or after my instrument time?
A: Yes! We have visitor desks located in the Student Research Area. Please see the front desk for access.

Q: Where can I retrieve my data?
A: There are Data Downloading Stations located in the CEMAS facility where you can retrieve your data. Instructions on how to retrieve your data may be found by clicking here.


If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact us.