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EACH HUGO MENTORSHIP COMBINES AN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT WITH EXPERT-GUIDED STUDY

Every project is unique, reflecting the students' specific learning objectives and interests. Final projects range from college-level research papers to product prototypes.
ALL CATEGORIES

Advocacy mentorships empower students to create change in the world around them, learning how to become effective advocates for the issues they are passionate about. Students learn to use research to identify and propose policy reforms in everything from education to the environment to social justice, creating advocacy proposals or writing op-eds about why their suggested changes are necessary and how they can best be implemented.

Sample projects

Review article on the effects of airborne microplastics on human health, which was published in the Young Scientists Journal

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Environmental Science
Environmental Science
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Policy memo for congressional representative that supports implementing Stepping Up, an initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill people in jails, within Richmond County.

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Psychology
Psychology
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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A policy recommendation targeting Egyptian universities to increase gender parity, based on research of Egyptian women’s experience of sexual violence, workplace harassment and discrimination and the nation’s growing #MeToo movement

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Global Affairs
Global Affairs
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Gender Studies
Gender Studies
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Comparative analysis of five different social justice-oriented theatre groups, assessing their diversity and effectiveness

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Theatre
Theatre
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Social Justice
Social Justice
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Academic paper comparing the 2014 Ebola Epidemic in West Africa to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

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Global Health
Global Health
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Public Health
Public Health
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medicine
medicine
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Original advocacy proposal that reimagines campus food banks to address rising food insecurity in university settings

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Food Systems
Food Systems
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Public Health
Public Health
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Social Justice
Social Justice
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Original magazine about sustainable fashion, featuring articles on the industry's ethical and ecological issues and a unique research-based sustainability rating scale for fashion retailers.

Business model and pitch deck for a youth athletic academy that would bring tennis to underserved communities

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Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
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Social Justice
Social Justice
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Sports
Sports
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Research paper analyzing three startups' impact and effectiveness in addressing women's’ issues of affordable feminine hygiene products and eliminating the “pink” tax.

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Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
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Global Health
Global Health
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Original website sharing historical, political and economical information on the global refugee crisis with resources encouraging advocacy

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Global Affairs
Global Affairs
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History
History
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Political Science
Political Science
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