Research and Creative Project Grants Supporting Students

February 18, 2016

By Hayley Zablotsky / John V. Roach Honors College Student

TCU Honors students have amazing ideas. The John V. Roach Honors College wants these ideas to come to life. The Honors College offers grants for undergraduate student research and creative projects. Students can apply for up to $1,000 depending on their project needs.

How it works:

  • Student must be admitted to the Honors College and have sophomore or junior standing with an anticipated graduation in May 2017 or later.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 at TCU.
  • Students may reapply in consecutive semesters, but may not receive funding more than once.
  • The recipient(s) will be announced at the Honors Banquet on April 7.

Need some examples? Check out some of the Fall 2015 recipients below.

Matthew Canipe, Class of 2016

Matthew Canipe worked on a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. He explained that his research — involving organic synthesis — was extremely expensive, and the grant helped cover the expenses of catalysts, reagents, solvents and other materials.

Matthew advises applicants to “be able to show that you have everything planned out, have some nice figures, and have a detailed and accurate budget.” Also, love your project. Matthew has put in about 1,000 hours to working on his project during the past two years.

Eric Reid, Class of 2017
Chemistry & Biology

Eric Reid worked with a Hepatitis C inhibitory drug for his project. He used the grant for securing solutions for his chemical reactions and experiments.

“My favorite part about my project is the fact that I am able to apply my biology and chemistry knowledge to something widespread (Hepatitis C Virus),” Eric said. He also enjoyed using critical analysis and troubleshooting when unexpected results arose.

Tori Cress, Class of 2016
Theatre & Chemistry; Pre-Med

Tori Cress is still working on her creative project: an improvisational, interactive theater event. At the performance, audience members will be encouraged to participate and even create their own characters. Tori calls the project her “brain-child.” This brainchild was made possible by the grant because Tori used the funds to purchase research materials as well as set dressings and props.

“Having the opportunity to direct something of my own creation is really exciting,” Tori said. “The research and leadership opportunity has also taught me a lot about how to better interact with people inside and (especially) outside of the theatre.”

The 2016 deadline to apply for the grant is Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Follow this link for the online application:

For general information, follow this link:

John V. Roach Honors College
2855 Main Drive
Scharbauer Hall 1016

John V. Roach Honors College
TCU BOX 297022
Fort Worth, TX 76129