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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

Hugo mentorships in science, technology, engineering, or math allow students to develop their critical thinking, scientific literacy, and innovative instincts. Through delving deeply into the hard sciences, they investigate solutions to real-world problems and explore the inventive potential of theoretical work. Whether learning a coding language to develop their own machine learning algorithm, designing an original prototype or writing a review paper proposing new solutions to an existing problem, STEM mentorships allow students to set the stage for an impactful future of tackling pressing issues through scientific rigor.

Sample projects

A primer on the apparel and retail supply chain with recommendations for small boutique owners

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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Fashion
Fashion
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Memo that clarifies the impacts and values at stake in deciding between local and imported foods

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Food Systems
Food Systems
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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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Teaching portfolio of STEM lesson plans for elementary grades

Tested quantum entanglement hypothesis using IBM Quantum processors

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Physics
Physics
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Computer Science
Computer Science
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Policy brief exploring the relationship between ozone and asthma in Illinois

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Public & Global Health
Public & Global Health
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Analysis exploring how different countries will be affected by the transition to renewable energy sources

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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Economics
Economics
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Academic synthesis exploring the neurophysiological processes connecting religion/spirituality and athletics

Blog article on the CRISPR/Cas gene editing system, focusing on implications and use

A fail-safe mechanism for automated flight created using fault-injection method.

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Engineering
Engineering
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Design-Thinking
Design-Thinking
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Computer Science
Computer Science
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Calculated radiation dosage and fraction of solar particles shielded by Earth’s magnetic field as a function of particle momentum

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Computer Science
Computer Science
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Astronomy
Astronomy
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A proposal for adaptive synthesis of a recently discovered class of molecules

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Chemistry
Chemistry
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Computer Science
Computer Science
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Design brief for a shopping basket to assist wheelchair-bound grocery shoppers navigate narrow grocery stores

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Engineering
Engineering
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Design-Thinking
Design-Thinking
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Policy Brief proposing equity-based solutions to Black maternal mortality in the United States

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

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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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Academic review paper of the science behind chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which covered the history of the disease, animal models in CTE testing, modern CTE pathology, diagnosis and treatment

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Sports
Sports
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Biology
Biology
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Calculated the image lensed by a black hole through Python, given a source image and known black hole parameters

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Astronomy
Astronomy
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Data Science
Data Science
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A completed CAD model, finished prototype and report for an electric vehicle designed by the student

Application of machine learning algorithm to predict song genres using raw data from Spotify

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

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Food Systems
Food Systems
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Public Policy
Public Policy
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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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Measuring the efficacy of a new nonprofit program establishing solar power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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Data Science
Data Science
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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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Foldable solar cell that was designed using mathematical principles of symplectic geometry through origami

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Engineering
Engineering
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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Prototype for a new football helmet to better prevent concussions designed with a neuroscientist at a top research university

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Sports
Sports
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Engineering
Engineering
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Biology
Biology
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An innovative intermittent renewable energy grid for Caribbean islands impacted by climate change that relies on solar and wind power and can withstand a Category 5 hurricane

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Engineering
Engineering
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Sustainability
Sustainability
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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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A computer model of the transit light curve of exoplanet WASP-18b created through Python

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Astronomy
Astronomy
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Computer Science
Computer Science
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