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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.

Below are a few examples from hundreds of past Hugo mentored projects.
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Policy brief exploring the relationship between ozone and asthma in Illinois

A business plan and marketing analysis to launch a closed-loop portable shower

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

A proposal for adaptive synthesis of a recently discovered class of molecules

Historical analysis of dance's evolution in the United States, and how "American dance" embodies the ideals of freedom and democracy

A curriculum on Asian American history created to fill existing gaps in high schoolers knowledge and to highlight underrepresented stories of Asian American discrimination

An original article analyzing startups in the autonomous delivery space, assessing how the actions these businesses took during the pandemic will contribute to their success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay exploring the history and musical evolution of Detroit techno

Photojournalistic project documenting quarantine and family life during the summer of 2020

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

Analysis exploring how different countries will be affected by the transition to renewable energy sources

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

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

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

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

Foldable solar cell that was designed using mathematical principles of symplectic geometry through origami

Original advocacy proposal that reimagines campus food banks to address rising food insecurity in university settings

A paper and presentation proposing a new framework for civic engagement at the high-school level

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

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

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

Analysis of how statues' significance has changed since ancient history, assessing how shifting public values impacts the monuments we maintain or tear down

Op-eds on nepotism in the NFL, influence of race in NFL hiring practices and the legacy of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the NBA

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

Research experiment examining the impact of moral messages on self-esteem and body image beliefs of Instagram users

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

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

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

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

Academic paper investigating the role of nationalism in sustaining the Palestine/Israel conflict

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

Complete production of an original, full-length composition, complete with melody, harmony, and beats

Exploring myths about the Olympian gods through ancient and contemporary sources

Policy brief exploring the relationship between ozone and asthma in Illinois

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

Tested quantum entanglement hypothesis using IBM Quantum processors

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

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

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

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

Teaching portfolio of STEM lesson plans for elementary grades

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

Calculated radiation dosage and fraction of solar particles shielded by Earth’s magnetic field as a function of particle momentum

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

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

Comparative analysis of five different social justice-oriented theatre groups, assessing their diversity and effectiveness

Policy brief on social learning from digital misinformation

Measuring the efficacy of a new nonprofit program establishing solar power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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

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

Researched and composed six scripts for a podcast series about student rights and inequalities

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

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

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

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

A comparative film analysis considering the concept of “time” in the two coming-of-age stories, Moonlight and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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

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

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

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

Python program to train a machine learning-based computer vision model to diagnose lung opacities in photographs of chest X-rays

A virtual gallery exhibition juxtaposing several works of antiquity and images representing antiquity with images that point to Classics' persistence today

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

Policy memo on violence against women in the workplace

Original musical arrangement and the development of a handbook on vocal ensemble leadership

Research and cross-cultural analysis of global women chefs and an article on a female chef in Yemen submitted to Whetstone magazine

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

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

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