Scheduling, Fees, and Policies

Scheduling

Access to lab resources/services is contingent upon users’ compliance with lab operational procedures described under Lab Policies and agreement to pay charges incurred. Fees listed on this site are in effect as of July 1, 2018. All reservations, including changes or cancellations, must be made within 2 hours of the scheduled time. A no-show without cancellation will be charged for the time scheduled.

All FIRST-TIME users must complete a service request form. Please contact the TRLab manager.

For USC Users

Please utilize CORES.

  • If you have not used CORES in the past, your PI will need to set you up as a registered user under his/her account. For detailed instructions, download a quick guide.

  • If you have previously used CORES and are having problems with the link above, please email USCCORES@usc.edu. Your account may need to be reset.

  • If you are having any of the above issues and need to urgently make a reservation, please contact Dr. Junji Watanabe at TRLabCore@usc.edu for assistance.

For Users Outside of USC

Please contact Dr. Junji Watanabe at TRLabCore@usc.edu to help with the reservation.

Core Lab Policies

In addition to the general laboratory rules set by USC, all TRLab users are required to follow the following procedures that govern the operation of the lab and use of lab resources.

  1. TRLab operational hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  2. USC ID is required to access the TRLab card access system.

  3. Use of instrument is scheduled and charged through the CORES system.

  4. Reservation for 8 hours or longer must be made at least 1 day before the reservation.

  5. Reservations for individual instrument usage must be made in advance. Any changes or cancellations must be made at least 2 hours before the reservation in order to avoid penalty fees.

  6. If users are found operating instruments without a reservation, the PI(s) will be notified and their accounts will be charged accordingly.

  7. It is the user’s responsibility to use lab resources in a responsible manner. Users should contact the lab director if technical assistance is needed. Damage from misuse will result in charges for repair costs.

  8. It is the user’s responsibility to save their data generated from instrument use. Any data saved on the hard drives may be deleted by the director as necessary to ensure adequate space for the computer to run properly.

Fee Structures

  1. Fee rates are categorized based on members of: 1) School of Pharmacy (SOP), 2) non-SOP USC (USC) and 3) outside of USC campus (non-USC).

  2. Daily Rate: 8 hours or more = 8 hours, except NMR which consider 5 hours or more = 5 hours.

  3. 100 Hour Annual Cap: No fee will be charged when the total use of any one instrument by a single PI and his/her research staff & students exceeds 100 hours.
    • Up to 8 hours/day can be accumulated towards the annual cap.
    • Accumulation of use hours starts on July 1st and ends June 30th in each fiscal year.
    • No carry-over of use hours into the following fiscal year.
    • PI is required to report to the lab director to receive the cap charge.
    • Hours are not transferable to another PI nor another instrument.
    • The following items are excluded from this policy: NMR, Illumina MiSeq, STP 120 Microm Spin Tissue Processer, Thermo Varistain