Mission Statement


The Mission of the Chicago State University Central Microscopy Facility is to provide the student researchers and faculty members with Teaching / Training, Access, Technical Support and Service for a broad range of microscopy techniques.

Teaching / Training

The facility is used to teach Biology 4450 and 5450, Techniques in Electron Microscopy, every other year. Further exposure to EM techniques in the form of workshops is offered in the summer to students participating in several NIH funded summer programs. During the academic year, the electron microscope is also available to the biology and chemistry departments to support classroom activities. In years when the formal course is not offered, individual training is available to assist students in integrating microscopy techniques into their projects.

The goal of the facility is the provide access to advance imaging instrumentation to the CSU research community in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. A key part of this mission is to offer exposure to advance imaging technology to the broadest cross section of students interested in STEM fields.
Technical Support

The microscopy facility aims to support faculty and student driven research in areas of biology, chemistry, and physics by providing expertise in planning experiments, collecting images and preparing images for publication. The facility also provides a limited amount of hands-on support for faculty research projects.

Microscopy education is another key part of the facility's mission. The facility provides year round tours to prospective students from various Chicago land high schools, introductory biology classes, and community groups. The facility is committed to seeking opportunities to support faculty based community outreach and education efforts.