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  • 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:

  1. Create an EHS Account and/or Sign In:
    If you do not have an EHS account already, create one by clicking 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:

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Use Visual Aids
    Text and tables can be overwhelming to look at without visuals. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


1 Formal, memo, PowerPoint

2 Poster


1 Formal

2 Memo
3 PowerPoint Presentation
4 Poster Presentation
5 Peer Evaluation




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