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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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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

Policy proposal offering solutions to add protection for agricultural prison workers

Policy brief with innovative recommendations for increased access to affordable housing for the workforce in NYC

Research paper exploring the Chinese American experience with aging in this country, and how it compares to the traditional notion of filial piety in Asian culture

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

Poster presentation on plant sources and natural dyes, demonstrating experimental findings on factors affecting change in the color of dye from safflower petals

A 42-minute video essay analyzing cinematic portrayals of WWI and what they reveal about society's shifting attitudes towards the moral questions the conflict elicited

Report on food justice analyzing corporate causes and solutions to inequity

Research paper on ancient Celtic peoples within Britain

Analysis of ancient Roman cuisine and culture, with a focus on the connection between indigestion and notions of luxury in Roman thought

Academic essay on Roman houses as reflections of their owners' social status in the ancient world, written through an examination of secondary sources and original Latin translations

A virtual exhibition addressing the climate crisis by highlighting ways nature provides exquisite beauty and the sublime

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

A fully produced, original audio production of an excerpt from Mary Zimmerman's play, Metamorphoses

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

Opinion essay examining the intersection of economics and sports, with a focus on examples of how behavioral economics principles apply in the sports world

Virtual exhibit exploring themes of betrothal and marriage in Renaissance portraits

Data-driven analysis of Yelp reviews, revealing how star ratings predict the continued operations of restaurants

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

Essay addressing the influences and challenges posed by bots within digital platform ecosystems