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Join our Academic Mentorship Network that connects intellectually curious high-school students with exceptional professors and academicians to take their learning to the next level

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Our mentors come from Stanford, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, NYU and other top-tier universities and colleges. They are educators in a wide range of disciplines and are not only accomplished experts with impressive CVs, but also enjoy working with students and embarking on a path of discovery together.  

Mentors typically work with our students over the phone or in person exploring a topic area in depth resulting in a research paper or other type of independent project. Mentorships typically consist of 10 hours working 1:1 over the course of a summer or semester.

Mentorships are paid and participating in a particular mentorship is always at the mentor’s discretion.  Please confirm your current employment allows for an outside employer before applying.

If you have any questions about the the program, feel free to email us at info@hugomentors.com.

Ready to join? We would love to learn more about you and your research and field of interest.


As a mentor, what I valued most about Hugo was the sustained enthusiasm of my mentees. They were genuinely initiated, deeply curious, and very sharp. I learned a lot from their projects and our conversations were engaging and rich.

Professor Christopher Schlottman, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Environmental Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies; NYU

It is a privilege to be on a personal learning journey with high school students !  I enjoy guiding students in thoughtful reflection  - and, hearing their enthusiasm about the discovery process -- both about the content of their project and often, about themselves. Each and every student I have worked with through Hugo Mentors brings a unique perspective and a strong interest in learning more. And, the commitment they each bring to these elective projects on top of demanding school work and social life, is inspiring. I look forward to meeting new students going forward - thank you Hugo Mentors!

Dr. Robin Stern. Ph.D.
Associate Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence