Ways to Get Involved


The Electron Microscope Facility at San Diego State University is committed to increasing the use of microscopes in education. In addition to providing access to our scanning electron microscope, we want to streamline the development of laboratory exercises that can be used in the science curriculum.


Reservation Information and Rates

Rates (updated July 15, 2020)

Instrument Training
Please contact Ingrid Niesman. Training requires 2 consecutive days (2 hours per day), followed by a 2-hour supervised solo experience. A formal written report demonstrating scope proficiency is required for full approvals.
$250 per person: includes 3 additional beam hours to get you started.

Beam Hourly Rates and Coating Charges





Quanta 450 FEG SEM




Tecnai T12 TEM




Hi-Res Coater (platinum 6nm)




Technical Assistance




Does not Include Beam Hours
Quotes for full SEM and TEM sample prep, sectioning and imaging on request.


Approved users may reserve instrument time on the Google calendaring system by making a request.

The system password is updated regularly. Approved users receive updates on passwords and login information.


Special Note
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all users MUST also book time within the facility on the calendar. Only 3 people, in addition to the Director in the office, are allowed in the space at 1 time. Limit is 1 person per microscope suite and 1 person in the microtome room.


EMF Resources

  • George Lucas Foundation and the SDSU SEM in science education.
  • Some insights into how a science teacher and his class interact in preparation for a remote access SEM session.
  • Laboratory tours for the public.
  • SEM telemicroscopy at SDSU.
  • Telemicroscopy and telepresence microscopy at other laboratories.
  • Laboratory exercises using the SEM.
  • Let’s get a look at your sample! How to get an SEM picture of your sample. 


Donate to EMF

Philanthropic donations allow the Electron Microscope Facility to purchase supplies, conduct community outreach and ensure faculty and students have the necessary equipment to conduct research.


Checks Payable and Mailed to:

The Campanile Foundation
Attn: Gift Administration
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1968 (the last four digits are important so it gets to the correct building on campus)

*Include C03571 EM Facility in the memo.



You can make your gift at our secure giving link.


Electronic fund transfers (EFT), stock transfers, estate gifts and gifts of equipment/supplies can also support EMF:

Please contact Stacy Carota for more information.