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Research Mentors for High School Students

Crimson Research Institute (CRI) is an elite, online academic research program that supports students in choosing a topic they’re interested in and completing an undergraduate-level research project. CRI students are guided by research mentors (e.g. university faculty in the US and UK) throughout their project.


But who are these research mentors and what kinds of research can they help high schoolers with? Let's take a look!


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Jamie Beaten, Founder of Crimson

Jamie founded Crimson Education in 2013 after applying to 25 of the world’s best universities and being accepted to all of them. In 2016 Jamie graduated from Harvard Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Applied Mathematics-Economics with a minor in Global Health and Health Politics. At 20, Jamie was accepted to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he completed his MBA in Education Technology in 2019 and received the program’s highly regarded Arjay Miller Award. Jamie was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he is now completing a DPhil in Public Policy.

You can find out more about Jamie here!


Suraj Nair, CRI Mentor

Suraj is pursuing a PhD in International Development from SOAS, London. He holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, studied Economics at the University of Cambridge, and graduated with a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University, ranking top of his cohort. His research is situated in the Political Economy of Development in South-East Asia and his current work is focused on development banking in Malaysia. Suraj is particularly interested in Institutional Political Economy, Industrial Economics, and Ecological Economics.

Interested in working with Suraj? Reach out to Crimson here!


Sinead Sinnot

Sinead Sinnott completed her Master of Arts degree in Psychology Education at Columbia University, concentrating in Global Mental Health and Trauma. She is currently an advanced Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Connecticut (UConn), concentrating in Health Psychology. Sinead is both a graduate student therapist and a psychology researcher, with nine publications. Her research specialization is stress, coping, and resilience, including how chronic stress and posttraumatic stress relate to cardiovascular function, primarily heart rate, blood pressure, and heart rate variability in relation to stress.

Want to learn more about Sinead? Click here!


Ahmed Shuaibi

Ahmed is a PhD student at Princeton University studying Quantitative and Computational Biology. In his research, Ahmed explores the intersections of Artificial Intelligence and Machine. Ahmed previously graduated with a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and during that time developed his skills in research in several biomedical labs.

Interested in learning more about Ahmed, reach out to one of our advisers!


Javier Portillo

Javier is a PhD candidate in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale University. During his teaching fellowship at Yale, Javier received one of Yale’s highest honors: The Prize Teaching Fellowship. For his research, Javier also received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graduate Fellowship for his work on the RNA world and the origins of life. Javier He is also the founder of Yale’s first university-wide graduate undergraduate mentorship program (GUMI), which has recruited over 5% of the entire graduate/professional student populations to serve as mentors.

Click here to find out more about Javier!


Bing Lin

Bing is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, in 2016, Bing received his undergraduate degree (with Honors) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology also from Princeton. Bing is interested in pursuing research at the intersection of conservation ecology and the behavioral sciences, exploring the human dimensions of marine conservation.

Interested in working with Bing? Click here!


Jonas Katona

Jonas is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Mathematics at Yale University. He graduated with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2020, both with distinction in general scholarship (cum laude) and highest departmental honors (summa cum laude in math). He was also a recipient for the Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship. Jonas’ academic interests include numerical analysis, data analysis, several subfields of dynamics and mechanics (esp. fluids and nonlinear dynamics), PDEs, ODEs, and inverse problems. He is also very passionate about pedagogy, STEM outreach, and issues in education.

Want to reach out to Jonas? Enquire with a CRI Advisor here!


Mathilde Bonvalot

Mathilde is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture department at Harvard. Previously, she received her BA in Art History in 2013 at UC Berkeley. At Harvard, she has taught both undergraduate seminars and lecture sections in Renaissance and Baroque art at the undergraduate level. Mathilde is also passionate about teaching the Romance languages she speaks to students of all ages and languages backgrounds.

Interested in working with Mathilde? Learn more here!


Kat Bochtler

Kat is a PhD student in neuroscience at Oxford University, holding two masters degrees from Oxford in both Psychology and Neuroscience. As part of her PhD, Kat now supervises undergraduate students in their research projects and teaches practical lab classes. Kat’s personal research is focused on neuroscience.

Want to work with Kat? Click here!


Click here to see more of CRI’s amazing team of mentors and faculty!



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