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Have you ever lost track of time on a deep dive into an obscure topic or  wished you could explore a subject that always fascinated you?

Hugo mentorships connect you with academic experts to help you take learning to the next level. In the process, you develop a unique relationship with your mentor who can  open up new paths on your intellectual journey.

How it works

Hugo mentorships provide the optimal level of flexibility and structure to make the most of your experience.

Complete Our Application Process

Tell us more about your academic interests and possible project ideas. Once we receive your application, we will follow up with a phone call to make sure we understand your goals.

Get Matched With Someone Who Inspires You

We will match you with a mentor who can best support you in your journey and send you a profile with information about his or her areas of expertise and accomplishments.

Meet Your Mentor

You'll have a complimentary introductory call with your mentor and a Hugo Program Officer to explore the direction of your mentorship and possible project ideas. Most people find that they can't wait to get started!

Develop Your Mentorship Plan

In your first meeting, you and your mentor will outline your objectives, meeting agendas, assignments and a culminating project, paper or goal for your mentorship.

Feedback and Reflection

You'll get feedback from your mentor at the midpoint of your mentorship, which is a great time to reflect on your growth and make any adjustments. After you complete your mentorship, you will also receive a brief evaluation as well as possible suggestions for next steps.

Project Completion

You may be surprised by the doors that open up to you upon completion of your project. In the past our students have been invited to their mentors’ campuses to present their findings or have used their research as a foundation for new projects, philanthropy or activism. Many mentees enjoy their Hugo experience so much that they sign up for an additional semester to build on their work.



Hugo Mentors have helped eager learners explore everything from chemistry to classics. The beauty of a Hugo Mentorship is that it is completely customizable to the mentee and every project is different.

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

Foldable solar cell that was designed using mathematical principles of symplectic geometry through origami (the mentee  is now in the process of patenting this invention)

An economic analysis of the potential for cryptocurrency to provide economic relief to the people on Venezuela and other citizens of oppressive authoritarian regimes

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

High-level translation of Seneca’s Thyestes from the original Latin to English with annotations and analysis

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

App coded by the mentee that uses principles of emotional intelligence to help students achieve more positive emotional states, which has an impact on both their well-being and academic performance

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

Web-based resource to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis and how ordinary citizens can help based on advice by experts

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

A computer model of the transit light curve of exoplanet WASP-18b using Python

Transmedia project focused on Holocaust remembrance using personal narratives and photojournalism to record testimonials from survivors