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Science & Engineering Research Center

The Science & Engineering Research Center (SERC) provides research funding for undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research with faculty members in the TCU College of Science & Engineering.

Funding opportunities are offered twice annually: early in the fall and spring semesters. The application process includes:

  • A  project summary
  • A detailed budget request
  • An official student transcript
  • Letter of recommendation and a mentoring plan from the CSE faculty member.

SERC was originally funded through a grant from the TCU Vision in Action Strategic Initiative Fund from 2006 – 2010. In fall 2012, the Dean of the CSE decided to revive the program, initially through funds provided from the Dean’s office, but subsequently also with funds from the academic departments in the CSE.

Since 2006, SERC has funded 590 undergraduate student projects in the CSE, currently at a rate of about 70 projects per year. About half of the undergraduate projects at each of the College’s annual Student Research Symposia are funded by SERC.

Spring 2020 Application


Grant Recipient Information

Each SERC project has been assigned a grant number. You will find it on the award letter (and email). The faculty mentor will serve as the project budget manager.

Each Fall and Spring 2019 grant recipient is expected to present research at the 2020 (or 2021)(*) CSE Student Research Symposium (SRS) and to file a one page summary of their research to SERC no later than May 8, 2020 (grant period ends April 30, 2020).
(*) Please contact SERC ( if you are unable to present in 2020.

There are several ways by which you may spend money from your allocated funds (please include: SERC grant number, Student name, Faculty Mentor name on ALL payment requests):

  • Grant funding deadlines (dates non-negotiable):
  • Purchase Order requests accepted up to April 1, 2020
  • Invoice and reimbursmenets accepted up to April 30, 2020

May 1 - May 31, 2020: No purchases can be made.

For purchases on or after June 1, 2020

  • Purchase Order Requests accepted up to October 30, 2020
  • Invoices and reimbursments accepted up to November 20, 2020
  • Complete a Purchase Order request. This is the preferred procedure:
    • Download form here.
    • Enter your SERC grant Number, Student name, and Faculty Mentor name where indicated.
    • Faculty Mentors should sign the PO request where indicated.
    • Forward the completed hard copy of the form to Sue Dolce in the CSE Dean’s Office. Alternatively, scan and email the completed form to SERC (
    • Note: It is important that you send the resulting PO request to SERC and NOT to Accounts Payable or your Departmental office.
    • Your request will be processed and you will receive a PO number (and a hard copy of the PO) in return after processing.
  • Submit a reimbursement request for items purchased by you or your faculty mentor with personal funds.
  • Submit invoices for items purchased from vendors without a PO (vendor is on direct bill).

All .com purchases must be made using option 2 – make the purchase and request reimbursement. TCU Financial Services will NOT approve direct bill requests for any .com company.