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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.
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Mentorships in the social sciences turn a critical eye towards our cultural institutions, their structures and foundations to better understand how they function and influence those who live within them. This encompasses the "soft sciences" of political science, public health, economics, psychology, sociology, linguistics, anthropology and more. Through a social science mentorship, students who are drawn to gaining deeper insights into the world around us can turn an academic lens onto the questions that intrigue them, using research to develop and propose concrete solutions.

Sample projects

Research paper analyzing the CityWalk Bishop Ranch development in San Ramon, exploring whether the planning process adequately took into account the needs of service and hospitality workers commuting to the city.

A research paper examining the history of abortion debates in the US since Roe v. Wade and resulting culture wars.

Research paper on 'false polarization', and how the media impacts people's ideological polarization

Developed an experiment to test how gender and signals of confidence impact entrepreneurial outcomes

Article capturing the menstrual health challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness in the US and the possible strategies that organizations and governments may pursue to better support them.

Op-ed on the potential of public music programs to alleviate hardship at the U.S.-Mexico border

Research article and original experiment exploring whether Tweets have a causal impact on stock prices

Student-led curriculum focused on educating high school students about mental health, with a focus on stress and anxiety management

Policy memo on violence against women in the workplace

Research paper and accompanying policy brief on the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies

Research paper documenting how youth voting is increased by automatic pre-voting registration

Research paper on juvenile sentencing under the Eighth Amendment, addressing Supreme Court rulings

A comparative analysis of India and China's respective responses to COVID-19 and the resulting economic impact

Comparative study of perspectives on Covid-19 based on ethnographic interviews between native Hawaiians versus residents of Los Angeles county

A research-based guidebook that provides useful tips and informations for high schoolers coping with anxiety

Policy memo on vaccine diplomacy comparing case studies from Saudi Arabia and Taiwan

Collection of op-ed pieces examining the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their associations with adult criminality

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

Social emotional learning (SEL) after school program curriculum for Kindergarteners, with accompanying informational website to teach parents and teachers how to support kids with social emotional learning tools at home and in the classroom

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

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

Website on body positivity offering resources for schools looking to add body image literacy to their health curricula

Policy memo for a US Congressperson based on cutting-edge environmental science research that addresses key environmental needs of their district, including natural disasters, transportation and food supply

An economic analysis of cryptocurrency's potential to provide economic relief to citizens of Venezuela and other oppressive authoritarian regimes

Historical deep-dive into the work of Jane Adams, a pioneer of the Settlement House movement and modern philanthropic work

Phone app that uses principles of emotional intelligence to help teenagers achieve more positive emotional states, impacting both their well-being and academic performance

School-based curriculum for suicide prevention using interventions identified as “best practices” in academic literature

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