Penn State University Users:
Non-Penn State University Users:

Available upon request:
See RIMS User Research Facilities Contacts

Lab Tracking

Your accrued charges will be managed by the Research Instrumentation Management System (RIMS), which is a web-based software tool for reserving, tracking, and billing facilities usage.


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Become a User


When you use our facilities, you will either be a:

  • Penn State University User, or
  • Non-Penn State User

All users must complete all required pre-requisite training in order to gain access to the Millennium Science Complex and the labs within.

STEP 1: Required Pre-requisite Training

  • Introduction to Safety (online 21:10 minutes)
  • Chemical Safety (online 25:00 minutes)
  • Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal (online 16:25 minutes)
  • Emergency Preparedness (online 12:49 minutes)
  • Introduction to Safety Classroom Session (onsite every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. MSC N-308A)
  • (For Nanofab Users ONLY: Onsite Safety Training and Orientation every other Monday 2:00 p.m. MSC N-203A)

For step-by-step instructions to these pre-requisite training course, visit our Safety Training page.

Other specific EHS training may be required depending upon the lab to be used. Your technical contact will provide additional information as needed; Individual equipment training will be required and can be scheduled by contacting the appropriate technical or administrative staff for each facility.

STEP 2: Building Access

Penn State University Users:

Access to the Millennium Science Complex and labs within will be granted upon successful completion of all required training. After completing the required training, fill out the Facility Access Authorization Form. A Principle Investigator (PI) signature is required.

Non-Penn State Users:

You will be required to apply for a for-fee Penn State Access Account ($13.00/month) and Swipe Card. (additional information for Access Account and Swipe Card is found on RIMS)

STEP 3: Creating a RIMS User Account Profile After Training is Completed

Penn State University Users:

  • Visit www.rims.psu.edu and click on Register to create a user profile and billing account.

Non-Penn State Users:

  • Complete the Academic Research Services Order (ARSO)
  • If you plan to become a personally trained equipment operator, complete the ARSO and the External User Term Sheet (EUTS).

Academic Research Services Order (ARSO)

External User Term Sheet (EUTS)