New NFC users

To become a NFC lab user:

Step 1: Plan the initial work you will do at NFC

You should have some specific work that you are ready to accomplish.

The more information you can gather about what you need to do before you start, the more productive your time at NFC will be. For example, if you are a new graduate student, other members of your group may be able to suggest details of processing parameters. NFC staff will be happy to discuss your project with you, and recommend tools or processes that can help you get useful work done.

Step 2: Take the NFC Safety and Orientation Course

The course is available on the Web, through the UW-Madison’s implementation of the Canvas online training system. It is your responsibility to understand and follow all the safety protocols discussed in the Safety Program and in the online course.

To take the course:

  • Contact the NFC, asking to be enrolled in the course.
  • Wait for confirmation that you have been enrolled.
  • Go to the UW Canvas online learning website.
  • Select the NFC Lab Safety Orientation course.
  • Log in with your UW NetID if requested.
  • Follow the instructions in Part 1, “Introduction”.

Step 3: Submit the NFC User Information Form

This form is available in the online course.

Print a hard copy of the form, and fill it out. If you would like help with the form, please contact Quinn Leonard or Kurt Kupcho at the NFC. Place your completed form in the mailbox near Room 3118 ECB. You will receive a confirmation email when your information has been processed. Please note that NFC needs to have your form BEFORE you come to orientation.

Step 4: Schedule on-site orientation and equipment training

After you receive confirmation that your User Information Form has been processed, contact Quinn Leonard to schedule an on-site orientation to the cleanroom, which takes about 30 – 45 minutes. You can schedule your first equipment training for this time, as well. When you come to the cleanroom, bring:

– Your UW ID card
– A cleanroom notebook (available from most scientific supply companies)
– Detailed information on what you want to do in the lab. Work this out with Quinn in advance.
– Additional tools and supplies specific to your task. Work this out with Quinn, too.

Help with the User ID form:

UW-Madison users need to include:

  • Signature of the Principle Investigator
  • Funding information
  • The user’s own signature
  • The user’s UW building access code, for use by the Engineering Centers Building door system. Look on the back of your UW ID card. Your building access code is the first six digits of the string of numbers at the bottom of the card. (See example at right).