The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Money-saving tips

How do I make the most of the time spent in the facility?

Estimate cost of experiments
  • Have students routinely estimate the cost of experiments... animals, reagents, antibodies, bench time, and facility time.
  • It is a great learning experience and useful for grant writing and running a lab in the future.
  • Carelessness does cost money.
No overbooking
  • Booking too much time inconveniences fellow researchers.
  • After several abuses we will begin to charge for this revenue-losing behavior.
Choose appropriate microscope
  • Confocals cost $35-40 per hour.
  • Widefield digital microscopes cost $20-25 per hour.
  • For data collection you often do not need the perfect picture.
Think ahead
  • Visit with us about experimental design, controls and proper samples for setup.
  • The more prepared you are, the faster you can collect data.
Sorting! Do you really NEED to sort?
  • Pretest samples on benchtop cytometers.
  • Fill out our presort sheet and review to be clear about timing and costs.