Limits on Proposals per Lab
If desired, an AGeS lab can support up to 4 proposals in an application cycle. If a lab is approached by
more than 4 students about supporting projects, then please suggest alternate labs that the
additional students should consider approaching about their projects.
How to Become an AGeS Lab
Any lab in the United States or its territories can become an AGeS lab at any point by submitting
a brief (1-3 page) Lab Profile to the AGeS program (send to firstname.lastname@example.org). Your lab name, contact information, and
Lab Profile will be posted on the AGeS Lab database page to help students connect with
potential host facilities.
Although Lab Profiles can vary significantly, labs should try to provide a realistic overview of
the types of research and learning experiences a student should expect when visiting the lab. The
AGeS program does not fund contract work. Numerous examples of Lab Profiles are available in
the List of AGeS Labs.
The Lab Profile must include the following information:
- Provide a brief overview of the laboratory facilities available for student use.
- Give a realistic time frame for a student visit that includes training, sample preparation,
and facility usage. If a technique requires special steps that take significant amounts of
time (e.g., sample irradiation), the lab outline must discuss plans to address this given the
limited timeframe of a student visit.
- Provide a complete list of costs and expenses for lab use that a student would be expected
to budget when writing their grant proposal, such as equipment, training, sample
processing, and sample analysis. We expect individual student grants to average ~$8,500,
and be no more than $10,000. These costs include travel support for the student. The
laboratory-related expenses will be paid directly by invoice to Professor Ramon
Arrowsmith, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University.
- Describe what a student needs to accomplish prior to visiting and what materials should
be brought for the visit. In particular, address what type of samples a student should have
when they arrive, and whether or not they need to do any sample processing, data
preparation, or additional training before working in the lab.
- List which laboratory staff will train and oversee the student while s/he is working in the
- Discuss what steps are involved with data reduction and interpretation, and how
laboratory staff will help advise this process.
- Estimate the average waiting time for lab use. Can a lab typically fit a visitor in quickly,
or should a student schedule time 6 months or more in advance?
- List the name(s) and email address(es) of lab personnel who should be contacted by
students interested in initiating a new collaboration.
- Although not required, we encourage that labs include a short Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement in the lab profile.
To submit a new Lab Profile or to update an existing one, please send it to: