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BECOME A HUGO MENTOR

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.

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Hugo offers a level of customization that is very rare--students can find a mentor in such a wide field of interests (for example...SHARKS). I also know that there is a very human process behind the service; the company is accessible and guides students through in a way that matches the level of service I offer clients. I also appreciate being able to communicate with the team as a college counselor so I am confident that the experience will prove useful in the college application process.

Sarah S.
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College Advisor

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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.
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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.
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Associate Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Students not only accomplish a personal goal and gain technical skills during their mentorship but also gain confidence and clarity around their areas of study and future career options.

In a recent survey following their mentorship experience:

Mentees were also asked to describe the most meaningful aspects of the mentoring experience. The following is a visual display of the most prevalent themes. Larger circles represent more frequently mentioned benefits.

Hugo Mentors Survey Analysis and Report Created byElyse Postlewaite, Ed.M.

Our mentors are professors at top universities and leading experts  in their fields.  

At Hugo, we take a student-centered approach that matches students and mentors based on interest, goals and learning style. We have built a network of hundreds of mentors to draw from, and we also continually source mentors to meet specific needs.

Dr. Chris Schlottman

NYU

Environmental Science

Professor Christopher Schlottmann is Clinical Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Global Curriculum Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. His teaching and research focuses on agriculture, climate change, animals, ethics, and social sciences and the intersection of these topics and he recently co-authored the first textbook on this particular topic.

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Dr. Chris Schlottman

NYU

Environmental Science

Professor Christopher Schlottmann is Clinical Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Global Curriculum Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. His teaching and research focuses on agriculture, climate change, animals, ethics, and social sciences and the intersection of these topics and he recently co-authored the first textbook on this particular topic.

Dr. Jessica Lee

Columbia University

History, Immigration

Jessica Lee is the Executive Director of Columbia University's Freedom & Citizenship Program, and has served as an instructor for Columbia's Core Curriculum. Her research focuses on immigration and political history with a focus on undocumented immigrants, gender equality, social and political movements, labor unions, war, legal history, race, and religion.

Dr. Nathan Robinson

Purdue University

Marine Biology, Science Communication

Dr. Nathan J. Robinson is a marine biologist at Purdue University who strives to engage global audiences with major issues in marine conservation. He has made several "viral" discoveries, including filming the first footage of a giant squid in US water and removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose. The straw video in particular has now been viewed over 75 million times on YouTube and has helped ignite a global movement to combat plastic pollution.


Dr. Christopher Nowinski

Boston University

Neuroscience

Dr. Chris Nowinski is a cofounder of the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center and serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is cofounder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and a social entrepreneur leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE, and the future of sports.

Danna Singer

Yale University

Photography

Danna Singer is a lecturer at Yale's School of Art. She is an award-winning photographer whose work largely focuses on the social ramifications of economic inequality, depicting the struggles of working class Americans. Her photographs were selected for The Best New Yorker Photography of 2019, and The New York Times, Year in Pictures 2019, and have been published by Der Spiegel, the ACLU, Lens Culture, LensScratch, Feature Shoot, and The New York Times Magazine. She recently recevied a Guggenheim Fellowship Award.

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