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What is SERC?

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

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, as well as a letter of recommendation and a mentoring plan from the CSE faculty member (see below for further details).

The Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC)  was originally funded through a grant from the TCU Vision in Action Strategic Initiative Fund from 2006 – 2010. In the Fall of 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.

SERC Spring 2020 Application Form (Word)

Please note updates in Part A – STUDENT with respect to budget details and description. For more details see




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