Purchasing Procedures

Research, supplies, computers and instructional items are purchased through the Marketplace. Purchases must be approved by your advisor, faculty sponsor or the department.  

Instructions to Place an Order on Marketplace

  • Instruction #1 for vendors with online catalog in Marketplace, such as Thorlabs.
  • Instruction #2 for vendors without online catalog in Marketplace, such as Digi-Key.
  • For vendors not in Marketplace, email [email protected] with the link, description, quantity, and cost for each item.


If you have a quote for an order, please:

  • Email the quote to [email protected], including any additional information. No cart is required.

Special Requests

If you have a special request (for example: overnight shipping), please write that on line #1, before your first item (Example: Please ship overnight; Part 987 Red cables).

Additional Information

Additional information on Prime Marketplace can be found on the Office of Finance & Treasury’s website.

Undergraduate Thesis

If you are ordering for an Undergraduate Thesis order, include “ug thesis” in either the subject line of the email, or instead of the name of a PI and chart string with a cart.