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Become a VINSE User

VINSE user facilities are open to everyone.  There are no membership fees – VINSE charges hourly rates for specific facilities and equipment.  To get started – please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Classification (e.g. graduate student, post-doc, researcher, etc.)
  • Department
  • Institution or organization if external to Vanderbilt
  • PI/Sponsor name
  • List of facilities and tools you want to use

VINSE staff will contact you to schedule your orientation and specific tool training.  If you are a new VINSE facility user, please refer to additional details below to complete your safety training and set up your account so you can make online tool reservations.

Cleanroom Orientation ~90 minutes

Offered weekly - Thursdays at 10am - 226 Engineering Science Building.

Orientation will consist of the following:

You will need to wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring your safety glasses.  If you have a cleanroom notebook, bring it along with a non-retractable pen (non-clicky).

Analytical / Nanocrystal Fabrication Orientation ~90 minutes

Offered weekly - Tuesdays at 10am - 226 Engineering Science Building

Advanced Imaging Training

No orientation, tool specific training is scheduled upon request

If you are a new VINSE Resource User

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING. All VINSE facility users are required to complete “Chemical Waste Training for Labs” & “Chemical and Physical Safety in the Lab” safety training in the Learning Exchange.  Please follow the instructions below and submit your training certificates prior to your first orientation. 

  • Log in at:
  • Under find a course, search VEHS
  • Select enroll for  “Chemical Waste Training for Labs” & “Chemical and Physical Safety in the Lab”
  • Once course is completed, take post test to receive your completion certificates
  • Email completion certificates to


  • Go to the CORES site here and click "New User Request Form". 
  • Log in with VUnet ID
  • Fill out CORES New User Account Form, under role request, selected "resource user". Your account should be set up within 1-2 days.