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OUR APPROACH TO MENTORSHIPS

Hugo not only provides outstanding mentors in your area of interest, we also provide the structure you need to get the most our of your experience.

Your mentorship is completely individualized, purpose-driven and tailored to  your goals.

Mentorships Matter

Ask the successful people you know how they got where they are, and you are likely to hear stories of how their mentors helped them. Mentors guide us in our understanding of the world, open up new resources, and give us the confidence to ask questions and explore solutions.

Mentors show us what is possible.

What Differentiates Us

PERSONALIZED PAIRING

Based on your application, we will match you with a Hugo Mentor who is both an accomplished scholar and has a track record of guiding students in individualized learning.

CUSTOMIZED STUDIES

Your Hugo Mentor will work with you to outline, refine and execute an academic project or independent study that is customized to your area of interest.

FLEXIBLE MEETING TIMES

You will work with your Hugo Mentor to design a study plan that fits your schedule. Meetings are 1:1 and are either in person or via skype at a mutually convenient time.

ADAPTABLE DATES

Starting dates are flexible. Program dates range from at minimum a semester or summer to a multi-year project. Extended programs typically involve more in-depth studies and may include presentations to other faculty, co-authored papers or articles, and development of projects for submission to competitions and science fairs.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

In addition to your Hugo Mentor—a top scholar in an academic field—you will also gain access to our Program Officer, who is a an additional resource during the course of your mentorship.

FEEDBACK AND REFLECTION

Students can expect to get feedback throughout the process and an evaluation from their professor at the end of the course of study to help them better understand their strengths and identify additional opportunities in their field of interest.

Our Approach Works

Ask the successful people you know how they got where they are, and you are likely to hear stories of how their mentors helped them. Mentors guide us in our understanding of the world, open up new resources, and give us the confidence to ask questions and explore solutions. Mentors show us what is possible.

  • Higher standards for their work
  • Development of practical skills
  • Increased commitment to their studies
  • Incentives to excel in classes
  • Confidence to speak about something with authority
  • Stronger bonds with their teachers
  • Increased resilience
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Intellectual engagement
SEE THE BENEFITS

My son designed a research project with an NYU professor to align with the work he was doing during the summer on an environmental not for profit. The experience not only gave him a meaningful preview of college-level research methodology, but also enhanced his understanding of the not-for-profit’s mission and the real life application of academic work.

Cristina R.
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Mother of a rising senior

Our daughter's Hugo mentorship around Cryptocurrencies really tied together all her interests and experiences: her china tech startup internship, international experience, interest in economics, and STEM focus with business. Her mentor was extremely engaged, and supportive as they studied the topic from multiple angles and she worked to pull her learnings together into a research website to help those who were interested in cryptocurrencies but didn’t know much about them.

Brenda H.
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Parent of a rising senior