UniverCity Year (UCY) is a three-year partnership between UW-Madison and Wisconsin local governments. The concept is simple. The government partner (Cottage Grove) identifies projects that would benefit from UW-Madison's expertise. Faculty from across the university incorporate these projects into their courses, and UniverCity Year staff provide administrative support to ensure successful collaboration. Learn more about UniverCity Year by watching this brief video or visiting the program website.
In year one, the Village identifies projects that would benefit from UW-Madison expertise. UniverCity Year staff match those projects to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students.
In year two, UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students conduct research through courses, independent projects, and internships. The Village then receive big ideas and feasible recommendations that spark momentum towards a more sustainable, livable, and resilient future.
In year three, UniverCity Year staff support the Village with resources and tools to move projects from idea to implementation.