The Department employs several technical research staff members. Although most are tied to specific research projects and supported by grant and contract funds, research associates may be available to aid graduate students in performing laboratory research activities. For example, research associates may be available to train graduate students in experimental design and set-up, in the operation of laboratory instruments, and in analytical methods. Research associates, when given supervisor approval, may perform analytical services, particularly if the specific instrumentation is not accessible to graduate students. However, as a general rule, research associates will not perform the actual Thesis or Dissertation lab work: these activities are the student’s responsibility. Graduate students may obtain the aid of a research associate by consulting with the supervising faculty member.