What is the UGC?
Since October 2006, MIT first-years, Sophomores and Juniors have been donating their time and money to support student projects around the world through the Underclassmen Giving Competition (UGC). Each semester, volunteers gather in Lobby 10 for a one-week campaign, encouraging classmates to support their fellow students by helping fund their project ideas and turn them into reality.
MIT alumni Brett Miwa '86, PhD '92 and Julia Miwa PhD ’92 are serving as this year’s UGC challengers. Brett and Julia will match all underclassmen gifts 2:1, tripling the impact for this year’s D-Lab projects!
For the third year, the UGC is exclusively funding MIT D-Lab Fieldwork Grants through a combination of student dollars and challenge dollars. These grants provide funding to send MIT students abroad to continue work initiated at MIT D-Lab to establish sustainable impact in developing communities around the globe.
Each semester UGC volunteers representing the first years, sophomores and juniors lead their classes to compete in this giving competition. Volunteers encourage their classmates to support grants for student led MIT D-lab projects that are designed to tackle poverty issues in developing communities. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the campaign, please send us an email at ugc@mit.edu.