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Visiting the lab

We welcome OU, OUHSC, OMRF, and other external researchers are welcome to visit for consultation and discussion. We're also happy to meet for outreach and educational purposes. Please contact us to schedule and see below for more information about tours.

photo by Travis Caperton

Location on OU's Norman campus

The SRNML is located on the south oval of the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, distributed between three adjacent buildings: Noble Microscopy Laboratory (NML), Richards Hall, and George Lynn Cross Hall (GLCH). Additionally we support an SEM in the Sarkeys Energy Center (SEC). 

Noble Microscopy Lab (NML)

To get there come across the mall on the west side of the parking garage to George Lynn Cross Hall (Botany/Microbiology). You can enter through the doors on the south end of the building. Find the elevators and come up to the second floor. Upon exiting the elevator turn right and you’ll see the doors to the EM lab. Just come down the ramp to the lab.

Google map to NML building

Entrances to the NML building

George Lynn Cross Hall (GLCH)

Four microscopes are located in GLCH

second floor:
JEOL 2000FX TEM, room 221

JEOL 2010F TEM, room 38
ThermoFisher FE-ESEM, room 48
Zeiss NEON FE-SEM-FIB, room 18

Google map to GLCH building

Richards Hall

Advanced light confocal and microscopes are located in the basement of Richards Hall, room 9.

Google map to Richards Hall

Sarkeys Energy Center (SEC)

FEI/TFS Quanta, room E218 (east side of 2nd floor, facing parking lot off of Trout)

Google map to SEC building


The Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory is located to the west of the Asp Street parking garage attached to the OU football stadium (Owens Field). The parking lot can be accessed by travelling north on Asp from Lindsey St., in between Elm to the west and Jenkins to the east. The parking garage features pay stations on the 2nd level and faculty-staff parking on levels 3 and 4.  If arrangements are made, we also have visitor parking passes to share so you can park in the Visitor spaces.

Please see the links below for information and maps for visitor parking and contact us with any questions.


The Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Lab offers customized tours to meet the needs of a wide variety of visitors from on and off campus. We routinely conduct tours for courses on campus, job candidates, prospective researchers and workshops. We have also conducted field-trip tours from schools around the state at every level from first grade through high school AP biology, as well as from other institutions of higher learning in Oklahoma.

Tours are of variable lengths, coverage and depth and tailored to the audience. The briefest are ~10 minute walk-though tours, which are easy for us to organize without much prior notice, time permitting. Operational tours where visitors can look at a specimen and see equipment in full operation require at least 30 minutes. A one-hour class tour can briefly cover light, scanning, and electron microscopy; this can easily be expanded to provide more content.

SRNEML tours can easily be coordinated with visits to other campus attractions, such as the library, botany greenhouses, Stevenson DNA facilties, and the main campus in general for a half-day field trip.* A half-day tour can easily be expanded to a full-day tour if combined with a visit to the Sam Noble Natural History Museum. A school visit to a science lab and the Norman campus can make a very memorable tour! We have presentations for visitors at all levels.

Scheduling tours is easy. Contact us by email (preferred) or by phone (405) 325-4391 during regular business hours (any SRNML staff member can take your call). University vehicles posted with college or university labels on their doors can park in faculty/staff parking areas without a permit; others needing visitor permits for the visit should contact us for information. Think about what you would like to see and how long you would like the tour to last before you call. We will make every effort to fit you into our schedule, as time permits.