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Historic triple-match opportunity available in 2021 BCOE Match Challenge supporting student organizations

Challenge taking place Oct. 4 - 31

The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) will host the 4th Annual BCOE Match Challenge from Monday, October 4 through Sunday, October 31, which provides direct and immediate support for 19 engineering professional student organizations. For the first time ever, donors can triple the impact of their gift with matching funds available from lead sponsor Triad Magnetics and a UCR Trustee.

In last year’s challenge, BCOE raised $78,000 for the Dean’s Innovation Fund, which aided 14 of the college’s professional student organizations. BCOE has set an ambitious goal to raise nearly double that amount in the 2021 challenge: $150,000 for all student organizations with at least 350 supporters.

Through their contributions, donors can support projects and national competitions, professional development opportunities, K-12 community outreach like Bourns Science and Engineering Day, special events like the UCR Aerospace Conference, and more. Donors can also support UCR’s first endowed fund for a student organization, National Society of Black Engineers, as well as future endowments in the pipeline. 

“What often sets candidates apart when we review applications is hands-on, real-world experience,” said Bill Dull, president of Triad Magnetics and member of the BCOE Dean’s Council of Advisors. “We are proud to continue to support BCOE engineers and look forward to seeing how they apply their educational and professional skills in leadership roles in industry, academia and entrepreneurship.”

This year, not only will student organizations earn triple-matched gifts, the student organization with the most supporters will earn a weekly prize – further incentivizing students to fundraise for their affiliated groups.

“With many students experiencing campus life for the first time this fall due to the impact of COVID-19, the Match Challenge is more important than ever for ensuring students gain leadership experience during their time at BCOE,” said Marko Princevac, associate dean of student academic affairs and professor of mechanical engineering. “We thank the community of BCOE alumni, parents, partners and friends for helping our students hit the ground running as they return to in-campus professional development activities this fall.”

Matches are made up to $1,000 per donor per organization from BCOE, and up to $500,000 per donors from UCR.

To give to a student professional organization in the Match Challenge, visit

For more than 75 years, Triad Magnetics has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of transformers, power supplies and inductors for a wide range of applications, including switch mode/high frequency, wall plug-in, power transformers, inductors and audio transformers.  In addition to Triad’s extensive standard product line of magnetic components, its California Design Center provides custom solutions, with rapid prototyping and testing.

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