MISSED ALL THE FUN, BUT STILL WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT?
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF A COSMIC IMPACT ONLY COMETS COULD CREATE!

Thank you to everyone who joined in to celebrate UT Dallas' 50th anniversary by being a part of this year's 1,969 minute Comets Giving Day. While the giving day might be over, the impact felt across campus, is just beginning thanks to all of our loyal, UT Dallas supporters.

 

Please be patient as we finalize gift totals and announce challenge winners in the coming days. #COMETogetherUTD

 

To relive the best moments of Comets Giving Day 2020, follow @UTDallasAlumni on social channels!

Participating Groups
Academic Bridge Program Tile Image
Academic Bridge Program
Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Tile Image
Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
Alumni Association Tile Image
Alumni Association
Archer Center Tile Image
Archer Center
Arts & Humanities Tile Image
Arts & Humanities
Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communication Tile Image
Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communication
Athletics Tile Image
Athletics
Bangladeshi Student Organization Tile Image
Bangladeshi Student Organization
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Tile Image
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Callier Center for Communication Disorders Tile Image
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Career Center Tile Image
Career Center
Center for Advanced Pain Studies Tile Image
Center for Advanced Pain Studies
Center for Asian Studies Tile Image
Center for Asian Studies
Center for BrainHealth Tile Image
Center for BrainHealth
Center for Children and Families Tile Image
Center for Children and Families
Center for Students in Recovery Tile Image
Center for Students in Recovery
Center for Translation Studies Tile Image
Center for Translation Studies
Center for U.S. - Latin America Initiatives at UTD Tile Image
Center for U.S. - Latin America Initiatives at UTD
Center for Values Tile Image
Center for Values
Center for Vital Longevity Tile Image
Center for Vital Longevity
Chess Team Tile Image
Chess Team
Comet Closet Tile Image
Comet Closet
Comet Cupboard Tile Image
Comet Cupboard
Comet Life Tile Image
Comet Life
Crow Museum of Asian Art Tile Image
Crow Museum of Asian Art
Delta Zeta Tile Image
Delta Zeta
Douglas Aundre Peterson Fund for Homeless Students Tile Image
Douglas Aundre Peterson Fund for Homeless Students
Economic, Political and Policy Sciences Tile Image
Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
EMBA Equality Scholarship for JYSP Tile Image
EMBA Equality Scholarship for JYSP
Employee Resource Groups Tile Image
Employee Resource Groups
Eugene McDermott Library Tile Image
Eugene McDermott Library
First-Generation Student Programs Tile Image
First-Generation Student Programs
Future Comets Tile Image
Future Comets
Galerstein Gender Center Tile Image
Galerstein Gender Center
Geosciences Tile Image
Geosciences
Graduate Studies Tile Image
Graduate Studies
Hobson Wildenthal Honors College Tile Image
Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tile Image
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Interdisciplinary Studies Tile Image
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Education Tile Image
International Education
International Student Emergency Fund Tile Image
International Student Emergency Fund
Jim Friedberg ProConnect Opportunity Fund Tile Image
Jim Friedberg ProConnect Opportunity Fund
Jindal School of Management Tile Image
Jindal School of Management
Jindal Young Scholars Program Tile Image
Jindal Young Scholars Program
Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science Tile Image
Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Kids University Tile Image
Kids University
Legacy Lane Bricks Tile Image
Legacy Lane Bricks
McDermott Scholars Tile Image
McDermott Scholars
Military and Veteran Center Tile Image
Military and Veteran Center
Multicultural Center Tile Image
Multicultural Center
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Tile Image
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics Education Tile Image
Science and Mathematics Education
Service-dogs In Training Tile Image
Service-dogs In Training
Staff Council Tile Image
Staff Council
Student Ambassadors Tile Image
Student Ambassadors
Student Counseling Center Tile Image
Student Counseling Center
Student Emergency Fund Tile Image
Student Emergency Fund
Student Volunteerism Tile Image
Student Volunteerism
Student Wellness Center Tile Image
Student Wellness Center
Teacher Development Center Tile Image
Teacher Development Center
Temoc Socks Tile Image
Temoc Socks
Undergraduate Success Scholars Tile Image
Undergraduate Success Scholars
University Emergency Medical Response Tile Image
University Emergency Medical Response
UT Dallas Pep Band Tile Image
UT Dallas Pep Band
UTDesign EPICS Tile Image
UTDesign EPICS
UTDesign Senior Capstone Tile Image
UTDesign Senior Capstone
$100
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
When 20 total ME gifts are received on Comets Giving Day, an additional $100 will be unlocked thanks to, Dr. Arif Malik.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$1,969
President's Challenge
On 8/6 from 2 to 4 p.m., Dr. and Mrs. Benson will add an additional $19.69 on to every faculty and staff gift up to a total of 100 gifts.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$1,969
Alumni Challenge
Alumni, this one is for you! On 8/6, the first 100 alumni gifts will receive an additional $19.69! Give whatever size gift you'd like and receive $19.69 in matching funds thanks to a generous gift from Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$1,969
JUST ANNOUNCED: FINAL ALUMNI CHALLENGE
Our Alumni have been showing up BIG and we want everyone to benefit from our $19.69 bonus challenge; therefore, we've created one final alumni challenge. When an alum makes a gift during the final 3 hours, $19.69 in bonus funds will be added to the first 100 alumni gifts!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$100
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
Help the ME department reach 40 gifts to unlock an additional $100 gift, thanks to an anonymous donor.
40 / 40 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Comets Giving Day Group Teaser Video
We had so many groups participate and make great videos! Our winning video, randomly chosen from all challenge participants was the Gender Center! Congrats on winning an additional $196.90 in bonus funds!
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Student Match
We miss celebrating Comets Giving Day on campus with our students, but we still want everyone to be a part of this record-breaking day! All student gifts, $2 minimum, will be matched dollar for dollar up to $19.69 for a total of $1,969! Go Comets!
$1,969 MATCHED
Completed
Leaderboard
Centers Leaderboard
This one's for our amazing centers. Our centers are changing education and lives every day. Check out this leaderboard to see which area is receiving the most number of gifts on Giving Day. The top recipient will be taking home bonus funds!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $196 Center for Children and Families 60
2 $50 Callier Center for Communication Disorders 50
3 $19 Multicultural Center 41
4 Galerstein Gender Center 35
5 Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies 34
6 Archer Center 29
7 Center for BrainHealth 23
8 Center for Students in Recovery 19
9 Student Counseling Center 16
10 Center for Values 14
11 Center for Vital Longevity 12
12 Military and Veteran Center 12
13 Center for Asian Studies 11
14 Center for Advanced Pain Studies 6
15 Center for U.S. - Latin America Initiatives at UTD 6
16 Student Wellness Center 3
17 Center for Translation Studies 3
18 Teacher Development Center 2
19 Career Center 1
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Leaderboard
Small School Leaderboard
Though small in size, they make a big impact! Which of these schools will show up and stand out during this year's Comets Giving Day? The school that rises to the top will earn bonus funds!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $196 Natural Sciences and Mathematics 92
2 $50 Arts & Humanities 77
3 $19 Economic, Political and Policy Sciences 58
4 Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36
5 Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communication 35
6 Interdisciplinary Studies 10
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Academic Bridge Match
Thanks to Larry Sall, all gifts given to the Academic Bridge Program will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000!
$4,222 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Ackerman Center Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Linda Negron, all gifts made on 8/6 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000!
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
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Archer Center Match
UT Dallas alumni who are Friends of the Archer Center Trust are challenging their fellow Archer alumni to give back. All gifts to the Archer Center during Comets Giving Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,969 total.
$1,969 MATCHED
Completed
2
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Arts & Humanities Match
All gifts made to the Arts & Humanities Friends of the Arts Fund on 8/5 will receive a dollar for dollar match up to $5,000 thanks to the Dornseifer Family!
$1,472 MATCHED
Ended
2
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ATEC Match
Thanks to Big Design events, gifts made to ATEC's Big Design Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000.
$346 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
BBS Match
Bonnie Dougherty and the Dougherty family will contribute $5 to undergraduate scholarships in BBS for each gift of $5 or more made to any BBS undergraduate scholarship up to $250 total.
$234 MATCHED
Ended
2
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Center for Asian Studies Match
Thanks to an anonymous donor, all gifts made to the Center for Asian Studies will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000!
$1,859 MATCHED
Ended
2
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Center for Children and Families Match
Thanks to friends of CCF and members of the center's advisory council, all gifts to CCF will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $3,000!
$3,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
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Comet Cupboard Faculty/Staff Match
Join the “Paws Fill Plates” match, and let’s see those fur babies! Take a pic or post a video of your fur baby supporting Comet Cupboard with the phrase “Let’s make UTD hunger free.” Post using #COMETogetherUTD, and don’t forget to tag @CometCupboard! All faculty/staff gifts of $25+ given to the Comet Cupboard will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 thanks to Colleen Dutton! Not on social media? Send a photo or short video clip to cupboard@utdallas.edu to be a part of the challenge!
$500 MATCHED
Completed
$1,000
Comet Cupboard Unlock
When the Comet Cupboard reaches 50 gifts on Comets Giving Day, a $1,000 gift from Julie Haworth will unlock!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Computer Science Challenge
For every 10th gift given to the Dr. Gopal Gupta Undergraduate Scholarship established by ACM, $5,000 will be unlocked up to $25,000 total thanks to a generous gift from ACM.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$500
ECE Alumni Challenge
Graduate student alumni challenge! A gift of $500 will be unlocked from an anonymous donor once 5 of Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz’s former graduate students make a donation to the ECE fund.
5 / 5 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
ECS Dean's Initiative Challenge
When the ECS Student Organization Fund reaches 25 gifts on Comets Giving Day, an additional $5,000 will be unlocked from Mbroh Engineering to support NSBE!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
2
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EPPS Emergency "Human Fund" Match
Thanks to an anonymous donor, all gifts made to the EPPS Emergency "Human Fund" will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000!
$555 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Future Comets Match
Thanks to an anonymous donor, all gifts made to the Future Comets Program will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000!
$854 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Jindal Young Scholars Program Match
Thanks to a generous donor, all gifts made to the Jindal Young Scholars Program will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000!
$5,393 MATCHED
Ended
$5,000
Materials Science and Engineering Challenge
When the Department of Materials Science and Engineering reaches 25 gifts on Comets Giving Day, an additional $5,000 gift will be unlocked!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
McDermott Library Match
Gifts given to the Friends of the McDermott Library fund will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, thanks to Larry Sall!
$189 MATCHED
Ended
$100
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
When the Department of Mechanical Engineering reaches $1,200 in total support, another $100 will be unlocked!
$1,200 / $1,200 Raised
Completed
$5,000
NSM Challenge
For every 10th gift given to the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, a $5,000 gift from Raise Your Hand Texas will unlock, up to $45,000!
90 / 90 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Risk Management and Insurance Challenge
When the Naveen Jindal School of Management reaches 50 donors, an additional $5,000 will be unlocked and given to the Risk Management and Insurance program, thanks to an anonymous donor!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Student Emergency Fund Match
Shirley and Brad Weddle will match all gifts, up to $500 total, for the Student Emergency Fund.
$500 MATCHED
Completed
$2,000
McDermott Scholars Alumni Association Challenge
McDermott Alumni Association is challenging supporters of the Crow Museum. When gift milestones are met to the Crow Museum of Asian Art, additional dollars will be unlocked, up to a total of $20,000 thanks to the McDermott Scholars Alumni Association. Help us reach our second milestone of 10 gifts to unlock another $5,000!
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$1,969
Faculty/Staff Challenge
On 8/5 from 4-6 p.m., the first 100 faculty and staff gifts will receive an additional $19.69! Give whatever size gift you'd like and receive $19.69 in matching funds!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$100
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
When 30 total ME gifts are received on Comets Giving Day, an additional $100 will be unlocked thanks to an anonymous donor.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$300
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
Help the ME department reach 35 gifts to unlock an additional $250 gift, thanks to Dr. Hongbing Lu.
35 / 35 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
ECE Challenge
Once the final goal ($9,000) is met on Comets Giving Day, Dr. Lawrence J. Overzet will make an additional $1,000 gift in honor of his wife, Jan Overzet.
$9,000 / $9,000 Raised
Completed
2
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Alumni Match
Are you a UTD alum? Now is the time to make your gift go further! All alumni gifts of $19.69 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,969 on 8/5 thanks to a generous gift from Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80! That is 100 alumni making a difference for the next generation of Comets!
$1,969 MATCHED
Completed
Leaderboard
All-inclusive Leaderboard
We've got our schools and centers taken care of, but what would Comets Giving Day be without a leaderboard for our other amazing groups? Support your favorite UTD area or group, and help them climb their way to the top of this leaderboard to win bonus funds!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $196 Comet Cupboard 245
2 $196 Student Ambassadors 151
3 $50 Athletics 90
4 $50 Student Emergency Fund 65
5 $19 First-Generation Student Programs 55
6 $19 Academic Bridge Program 51
7 Service-dogs In Training 50
8 Douglas Aundre Peterson Fund for Homeless Students 41
9 Black Faculty and Staff Alliance 40
10 Bangladeshi Student Organization 35
11 Future Comets 32
12 Crow Museum of Asian Art 25
13 Jindal Young Scholars Program 23
14 Undergraduate Success Scholars 22
15 International Student Emergency Fund 22
16 UTDesign EPICS 21
17 Science and Mathematics Education 15
18 Comet Closet 14
19 Hobson Wildenthal Honors College 13
20 Eugene McDermott Library 13
21 Comet Life 11
22 Delta Zeta 6
23 McDermott Scholars 6
24 UT Dallas Pep Band 6
25 University Emergency Medical Response 6
26 Kids University 5
27 Staff Council 3
28 International Education 3
29 Student Volunteerism 3
30 Latino Faculty and Staff Association 3
31 Military and Veteran Employee Resource Group 3
32 Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2
33 UT Dallas Women 1
34 Graduate Studies 0
35 Jim Friedberg ProConnect Opportunity Fund 0
36 QuTD 0
37 Young Professionals 0
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Leaderboard
Large School Leaderboard
The Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science are by far the University's largest schools. It's only natural for these two to take part in a little friendly competition on Comets Giving Day. Watch this leaderboard to see who will take the cake – and some extra bonus funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $196 Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science 462
2 Jindal School of Management 117
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$10,000
Night Owls Challenge
This one's for our night owls. In honor of the 50th anniversary, help us get 50 gifts between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and an additional $10,000 from longtime Comets Giving Day supporter Libby Hodge will be unlocked!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
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Ackerman Center Day Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Jane Saginaw Lerer and Stephen Lerer, all gifts made to the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000!
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
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Another BBS Match
After the Dougherty family's match is met, Nicole Tucker will contribute $5 to the Diane Milot Tucker Scholarship in BBS for each gift of $5 or more made to any BBS undergraduate scholarship up to $250 total.
$0 MATCHED
Ended
2
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Arts & Humanities Match
All gifts made to the Arts & Humanities Friends of the Arts Fund on 8/6 will receive a dollar for dollar match up to $1,000 thanks to the Karen Wolfe!
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
$200
Arts and Humanities Faculty/Staff Challenge
If the School of Arts and Humanities has 20 faculty and staff members give back to the Friends of the Arts fund on Comets Giving Day, Michael and Holly Miori will give an additional $200 to the fund.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
BBS Match
The family of Matthew Weddle will match all gifts, up to $2,500 total, made to the Matthew K. Weddle Fellowship in Cognition and Neuroscience.
$359 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
BrainHealth Match
Shirley and Brad Weddle will match all gifts, up to $1,000 total, made to the Center for BrainHealth's Undergraduate BrainHealth Project.
$828 MATCHED
Ended
2
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Center for BrainHealth Match
Dr. and Mrs. William Green will match all gifts, up to $1,000 total, for the center's undergraduate BrainHealth project.
$828 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Collegium V Alumni Match
Russell and Martha Hooker will match all gifts of $19.69 or more to the Collegium V Alumni Fund with an additional gift of $19.69, up to $200 total. If 10 or more gifts are received to the Collegium V Alumni Fund, the Hookers will donate an additional $100.
$59 MATCHED
Ended
2
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Comet Cupboard Match
All gifts made to the Comet Cupboard on Comets Giving Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 thanks to an anonymous donor!
$10,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Computer Science Match
Thanks for an anonymous donor, all gifts made to the Department of Computer Science will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000!
$10,000 MATCHED
Completed
$1,000
ECE Challenge
Help the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering reach goal their $9,000 goal! Once half the goal is met ($4,500), a gift of $1,000 from Dr. Aria Nosratinia will be unlocked!
$4,500 / $4,500 Raised
Completed
$500
ECS Advising and Undergraduate Education Challenge
When ECS Advising and Undergraduate Education faculty, staff and students give $500 to the Dean's Fund on Comets Giving Day, an additional $500 will be unlocked thanks to a generous commitment from Dr. Amy Walker!
$500 / $500 Raised
Completed
$500
Electrical and Computer Engineering Challenge
Alumni challenge! An anonymous donor wants us to reach 25 alumni gifts, and an additional gift of $500 will be made to the ECE fund.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
First Generation Student Challenge
In honor of the University's 50th anniversary, for every 10th gift given to first generation student programs on Comets Giving Day, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked and given to the First Generation Scholarship, up to a total of $50,000, thanks to a generous commitment from Larry and Judy Sall!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
2
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Geosciences Match
Xinfa Zhu PhD'13 will match all gifts to the George McMechan Student Support Fund dollar for dollar up to a total of $3,000!
$561 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
John Williamson Memorial Opportunity Fund Match
All gifts given to the John Williamson Memorial Opportunity Fund on Comets Giving Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 by Dave Williamson.
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
$1,000
McDermott Library - History in Aviation Collection Challenge
If the McDermott Library receives 10 gifts on Comets Giving Day, an additional $1,000 gift to the History of Aviation Collection will be unlocked – thanks to Larry Sall!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$200
Mechanical Engineering Challenge
Thanks to our first 10 gifts, a $200 gift from Dr. Fadda has been unlocked. Help us reach our next milestone and another faculty gift will be unlocked!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
NSM Alumni Challenge
To honor the service of the late Robert H. Rutford, University president from 1982 to 1994, when the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics reaches 50 alumni gifts on Comets Giving Day, an additional $50,000 will be unlocked!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Physics Department Challenge
Once the Department of Physics receives $1,000 on Comets Giving Day, John Guthrie will generously give an additional $1,000!
$1,000 / $1,000 Raised
Completed
2
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SME Match
For every dollar given to the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Raise Your Hand for Texas will match the contribution 1 to 1, up to $5,000!
$1,858 MATCHED
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