Vision, Mission Statement, and Values (DGS)

Vision of the DGS Electron Microbeam Lab

The vision of the Electron Microbeam Laboratory is to develop leading capabilities of electron microbeam instrumentation to allow researchers in the Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin, and those in the south-central region of the US to conduct a broad range of high-impact, discovery class science.

The lab has a strategy to achieve this vision:

  • make state-of-the-art instrumentation available to internal (UT-Austin) and external researchers,
  • develop methods and operate efficiently,
  • create a vibrant environment that attracts world-class scientists, and
  • facilitate interactions within and among students and researchers across units of the Jackson School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the south-central US region.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Electron Microbeam Laboratory is to efficiently facilitate the acquisition of high-quality data while training the next generation of scientists in electron microscopy. The lab provides an atmosphere in which a wide range of high impact science can be conducted by internal and external users of the facility. Thus, the lab contributes toward the mission of the Jackson School: to strive for excellence in fundamental curiosity-driven science.

Values of the DGS Electron Microbeam Lab

Learning — A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow.
Discovery — Expanding knowledge and human understanding.
Freedom — To seek the truth and express it.
Leadership — The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible.
Individual Opportunity — Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university.
Responsibility — To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond.

Rights and Responsibilities

  • You have a right to a learning environment that supports mental and physical wellness.
  • You have a right to respect.
  • You have a right to be assessed and graded fairly.
  • You have a right to freedom of opinion and expression.
  • You have a right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • You have a right to meaningful and equal participation, to self-organize groups to improve your learning environment.
  • You have a right to learn in an environment that is welcoming to all people. No student shall be isolated, excluded or diminished in any way.

With these rights come responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for taking care of yourself, managing your time, and communicating with the teaching team and with others if things start to feel out of control or overwhelming.
  • You are responsible for acting in a way that is worthy of respect and always respectful of others.
  • Your experience in this lab is directly related to the quality of the energy that you bring to it, and your energy shapes the quality of your peers’ experiences.
  • You are responsible for creating an inclusive environment and for speaking up when someone is excluded.
  • You are responsible for holding yourself accountable to these standards, holding each other to these standards, and holding the teaching team accountable as well.