Users must be affiliated with a campus group to use the instrument. Users who fail to follow the reservation policy might lose the privilege to use the instrument.

  • The Confocal Microscope, Flow Cytometer, and the Cell Culture Lab have SEPARATE reservation calendars.
  • Reservations are required. No walk-ins are permitted.
  • Reserve the instrument up to two weeks in advance.
  • Cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged. A penalty fee of half an hour may be charged if the instrument was idle during your appointed time.
  • DO NOT book the Biosafety Cabinet for extended period of time unless all requested time is necessary for a hands-on experiment. Break a reservation into segments if repetitive procedures must be carried out during the same day.


Reservations involve creating an event in YOUR Google Calendar, and then “inviting” the Google Resource called:

  • CIF-Microscope to reserve the Confocal Microscope
  • CIF-Biosafety Cabinet to reserve the Cell Culture Lab/Biosafety Cabinet
  • CIF-Flow Cytometer

You must be logged into your GMAIL account at Michigan Tech to do this.


Display the Google Resource Calendar

1. Login to your Michigan Tech gmail account and display your calendar:

2. In the left panel, click on the three dots to the right of “Add a Calendar” > Browse Resources

3. Select CIF dropdown

4. Select the resource “CIF-Microscope”, “CIF-Biosafety Cabinet” or “CIF-Attune NxT Flow Cytometer” > Subscribe.

5. The resource calendar will now display under “Other calendars.”


Add a Resource to Reserve an Instrument

1. Login to your Michigan Tech gmail account and display your calendar:

2. Create a new event in your personal calendar as: Full Name (First and Last). DO NOT submit your initials, first name only, or nickname.

3. Edit the event and add a resource, eg:

Add: Rooms (tab next to “Guests” > CIF

  • CIF-Microscope
  • CIF-Biosafety Cabinet
  • CIF-Attune NxT Flow Cytometer

The resource will automatically be added to the “Where” field.

Add contact email, purpose, or other information in the Description field. You may invite others (Add: Guests) in addition to reserving the instrument.

Follow the Reservation Policy above before selecting a time slot.


4. If you are displaying your personal calendar and the resource calendar, you should see the event in both calendars.

See also ACMAL reservations.