Becoming an MRL User

1.  Submit a proposal

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission, and your proposal will be reviewed by MRL staff to evaluate the safety and feasibility of your project using the technique(s) you requested.

Access MRL Proposal Form


2.  Complete DRS online safety training

Complete Laboratory Safety Training and Chemical Safety: An Introduction.  Save electronic (PDF) copies of your DRS certificates.

Complete DRS Training


3.  Complete the MRL Orientation

The MRL Orientation online course covers how to work safely and effectively in the MRL Central Research Facilities, as well as how to request training and schedule instrument time.


4.  Review the MRL Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)

Safety is the top priority in MRL.  This training covers building safety, and all MRL users must complete the BEAP online training annually.

After completing steps 1-4, request hands-on instrument training through the MRL online schedule system.


5.  Become trained by MRL staff on the instruments

After you have been fully trained on an instrument or piece of equipment, you will be able to reserve time to use it independently.

Request Training


Proposal questions:
Orientation questions:
BEAP questions:
MRL website:

Senior research scientist Kathy Walsh explains how to use an instrument