In order to participate in lab, you have to complete the
following lab safety training:
1. Personal Protective Equipment
2. Laboratory Safety: Core Concepts
It is also recommended (not required) that you take
the following courses:
1. X-ray Safety Fundamentals
2. Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training
3. Laboratory Safety: Chemical Storage
4. Laboratory Safety: Compressed Gas Cylinders
The training courses can be found on:
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Below are instructions on how to
complete the required safety training:
Create an EHS Account
and/or Sign In:
If you do not have an EHS account already, create one by
here. Fill out the required information as shown:
To sign in, go back to the
homepage. When you open up the link, you will log on with your
standard net-ID and password combo. The log in will be at
the top left corner:
Search for Required Training:
Once logged on, you will be able to use the Keyword search
bar to search for the names of the trainings that you must
complete. Once searched, you will click the launch button to
begin the training.
Print Your Certificate:
Don't forget to print your certificates after passing both
training courses. Turn those in to your instructor before
starting the first lab session.
Proofread Your Work:
One of the easiest ways to improve
your paper is to read through what you write before you
submit it. Make sure that what you are saying makes sense
and accurately displays what you observed in lab.
Number the Power Point Slides:
This will allow me to easily navigate through when checking
them. This will also allow you to call back to previous
slides without repeating data.
Use Visual Aids
Text and tables can be overwhelming to look at without
Use visuals and graphs and bring a camera or a camera phone
to take pictures while conducting an experiment. Moreover,
Do Not just place the visuals in the text. Be sure to
label the visuals with information and arrows that shows the
reader that you know what is happening in the lab. See the picture
below for examples of labeled visuals.
Recreate Your Graphs
During the experiment, the instrument's software will generate
graphs for you. These graphs should be remade in other
programs using the .txt raw data from the lab. Excel is
typically the easiest program to remake the graphs.
Practice Your Presentation
Be sure to spend time before your oral presentations to
practice what you are going to say. Time yourself so that
you don't embarrass yourself if you go longer or shorter
than the required 12-15 minutes speech.
Limit the Amount of Text in Posters
The use of graphs and pictures are much preferred in
posters. During your presentation, you should be able to
describe what the graphs and pictures are talking about
instead of fully writing it out.
Write in Complete Conclusion
The conclusion in a formal report should sum up the entirety
of what was learned in the lab, so be sure to write about it
in full paragraphs and not simply bulleted lists.
For more information, download the following
guide to writing.